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Houston Asian American Archives oral history interviews and related materials

Identifier: MS 0573
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. This collection includes audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with the following Asian Americans native to Houston: Edward Chen, Esther Quan, Gene L. Lee, Lewis Yee, Jane Gee, George Gee, Viola Chan, Wea Lee, Eugenie Chen, and Hannah Chow. The interviewees include a former rocket scientist and high school chemistry teacher, a founding member of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, a World War II veteran, and the publisher of a Chinese newspaper in Texas and owner of the first Chinese printing company in Houston.

There are currently 147 English language audio interviews in the collection, mostly dating from 2010-2015, with expectation that more new interviews will be added annually.


  • Creation: 2003 - 2021


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained through the Woodson Research center, Fondren Library, Rice University,

Biographical / Historical

The Chao Center for Asian Studies is a research institute attached to an undergraduate major at Rice University. The Center supports a model of Asian Studies that looks carefully and critically at the complex ways people in ‘Asia’ have been involved with one another and with the rest of the world, not only today, but also in the past. Toward these ends, they work closely with peer organizations in inter-Asia, indeed, in some cases with those whom they study, and in every case collaborating with scholars who pursue similar questions as they do.

The Chao Center for Asian Studies builds on the core initiatives outlined in Rice University President David Leebron’s “Vision for the Second Century.” These are: (1) visibly and substantially increasing our commitment to our research mission and raising our research and scholarship profile; (2) aggressively fostering collaborative relationships with other institutions to leverage our resources; (3) becoming an international university, with a more significant orientation toward Asia and Latin America than now characterizes our commitments.

(This information was excerpted from the Chao Center for Asian Studies website on December 1, 2010.)


10 Linear Feet ( (16 boxes and digital objects))

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This is a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies, featuring audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with Asian Americans native to Houston.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This material was transferred from the Chao Center for Asian Studies beginning in 2010, through the present.


Additions to this collection may be expected over time.

Related Materials

See also:

Edward C.M. Chen Family Collection, 1920-2010, MS 561. Finding aid:

Gene & Hedy Lee Chinese language newspapers & photographs, 1962-2010, MS 556. Finding aid:

Separated Materials

Books cataloged separately:

Philippine Nurses Association of Metropolitan Houston : 30th anniversary & induction of 2010-12 Executive Board. Houston, Tex. : The Association, 2010.

442 [videorecording] : live with honor, die with dignity / 442 Film Partners present a UTB Pictures and Film Voice production ; written and directed by Junichi Suzuki. Hollywood, CA : United Television Broadcasting Systems, 2010. "Testimonies of former veterans including Senator Daniel K. Inouye and interviews with actor George Takei and prominent community leaders tell the largely unknown stories of unprecedented military bravery and valot of the veterans." Fondren Library call # D769.31 442nd .A14 2010

The Gees in Houston, Texas. Published by Gee Family Association, 1998.

Guide to the Houston Area Asian Archives oral history interviews and related materials, 2003-2021
Unprocessed Addenda
Amanda Focke and Sarah Callahan
2018, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA