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This is a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University (1980, 2010-2015). The collection includes interview recordings with Asian Americans of Houston and Texas, in many cases also including transcripts and photographs. The interviews are in English and in some cases, Chinese.

Houston Asian American Archive (HAAA) interviews by Chao Center for Asian Studies staff, 1980 and 2010-2015 There are 133 audio interviews in this collection, mostly in the English, with new interviews to be added annually. Interviews from 1980 were a gift of Dr. Edward C.M. Chen who participated in many of those interviews. Learn more about the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University.

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  • Leroy Chiao oral history interview and transcript 

    Chiao, Leroy (2019-06-18)
    Leroy Chiao was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1960. He spent most of his childhood in Danville, California with his two sisters and his parents. He was eight years old when he decided he wanted to be an astronaut after ...
  • Meng Yeh oral history interview and transcript 

    Yeh, Meng (2019-06-05)
    Dr. Meng Yeh was born in Hualien, Taiwan in 1961. After earning graduating from college in Taiwan, she came to the States in 1986 for her Master’s and Ph.D degree. She met her husband at UT Austin, started a family, and ...
  • Chitra Divakaruni oral history interview and transcript 

    Divakaruni, Chitra (2019-06-24)
    Dr. Chitra Divakaruni was born in Kolkata, India on July 29, 1956. At age nineteen, shemoved from India to the United States to pursue her master’s degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and she completed her ...
  • Don Wang oral history interview and transcript 

    Wang, Don (2019-06-14)
    Don Wang was born in Tainan, Taiwan in 1944. He grew up there with his two brothers and three sisters. After attending Chung Hsing University, he moved to the United States to attend graduate school at Utah State University ...
  • Truong Duy Nong oral history interview and transcript 

    Nong, Truong Duy (2019-03-08)
    Dr. Truong Duy Nong was born in 1958 and grew up in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) during the Vietnam War. At the end of the war in 1975, Dr. Nong’s father (a member of the South Vietnam army) was sent to a “re-education ...
  • Cecil Fong oral history interview and transcript 

    Fong, Cecil (2019-06-08)
    Cecil Fong was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1952. He and his younger brother grew up in Saigon until after the Tet Offensive in 1968, when Cecil joined some of his relatives in Houston. He attended Lamar High School for two ...
  • Matt Manalo oral history interview and transcript 

    Manalo, Matt (2019-06-12)
    Matt Manalo was born in 1984 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. He always enjoyed doing art as a child. His mother applied for a teaching job while on a vacation to the States, and when she was hired, the family ...
  • Samuel Wu oral history interview and transcript 

    Wu, Samuel (2019-04-14)
    Samuel Wu was born in Beijing China and spent the first 14 years there until his family moved to Hong Kong. He immigrated to the United States for his undergraduate studies, earning majors in Physics and Biophysics from ...
  • Gordon Gee oral history interview and transcript 

    Gee, Gordon (2012-09-06)
    Gordon Gee was born in New Orleans and lost his father at an early age. He went back to China and returned to the United States as a teenager. He worked at a Gee family grocery store and later at a Gee-owned restaurant. ...
  • George Chiou oral history interview and transcript 

    Chiou, George (2019-04-05)
    Dr. George Chiou was born in Taoyuan, Taiwan during the Japanese occupation before World War II, one of eleven children in his family. He worked several jobs growing up to support himself and his family. He studied ...
  • Vijay Goradia oral history interview and transcript 

    Goradia, Vijay (2019-02-16)
    Mr. Goradia was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India in 1951. At the age of 17 he started his first factory with the help of his father. In his early twenties, tired of his routine life, Mr. Goradia decided to hitchhike ...
  • Vinod Bhuchar oral history interview and transcript 

    Bhuchar, Vinod (2019-01-27)
    Dr. Vinod Bhuchar is a physician and oncologist with his own private practice in Houston. He was born in Nawanshahr, India, and immigrated to the US to continue his education after graduating from medical school in India. ...
  • Marie Goradia oral history interview and transcript 

    Goradia, Marie (2019-02-23)
    Marie Goradia was born in Bombay in 1951. After earning her doctorate in molecular biology from Bhabha Atomic Research Center, she immigrated to New York for post-doctorate research, where she met her husband. After starting ...
  • Antonia Ingversen oral history interview and transcript 

    Ingversen, Antonia (2018-10-20)
    Judge Antonia Ingversen was born on May 4th, 1946 in Manila Philippine. Her family immigrated to Missouri, United State when she was eight years old. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1968 with a B.A. degree ...
  • Michael Wong oral history interview and transcript 

    Wong, Michael (2018-12-07)
    Dr. Michael Wong was born in Quebec City, Canada to Chinese immigrant parents. As a young child, he moved to California, assimilating into American culture and becoming a US citizen with his siblings and parents. From high ...
  • Thieu Dang oral history interview and transcript 

    Dang, Thieu (2018-10-26)
    Thieu Dang was born in Nam Định, Vietnam. As a child, he moved to Saigon, South Vietnam to live with his aunt and uncle amidst conflicts the First Indochina War and later on the Vietnam War. Dr. Dang studied agriculture ...
  • Ching-Hwa Kiang oral history interview and transcript 

    Kiang, Ching-Hwa (2019-02-08)
    Dr. Ching-Hwa Kiang was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up celebrating Chinese traditions and eating food from various regional influences in China and Taiwan. She was active in her school band playing the cornet at Taiwan’s ...
  • Teh Cheong Chang oral history interview and transcript 

    Chang, Teh Cheong (2018-06-08)
    Teh Cheong Chang grew up in mainland China in the 1930s before moving to Taiwan and then America. In America, he built a name for himself as a renowned architect, going on to win national competitions and building the ...
  • Ritu Gyawali oral history interview and transcript 

    Gyawali, Ritu (2018-09-14)
    Ritu, a Nepalese native, immigrated to Houston at a young age. After returning to Nepal for a brief period, and then making their way back to the U.S, Ritu and her family developed their lives in the U.S and made Houston ...
  • Yoshio "Willie" Fujimoto oral history interview and transcript 

    Fujimoto, Yoshio "Willie" (2018-07-31)
    Yoshio “Willie” Fujimoto was born in Colorado in 1929. He was raised there with his six siblings by his parents who emigrated from Japan. After farming with his family and graduating from high school during the Great ...

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