A fascinating variety of oral history recordings featuring members of Houston’s Asian community are now available online.
These recordings form 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 Asian Americans native to Houston conducted by Chao Center staff and student interns in 2010.
This collection features 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 one of the first Asian Americans elected to office in Harris County, 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. Also included are several recording the KPFT “Echoes of China” radio program produced by Andy Lai, dating from 1980-1981.
Finding aid to Houston Asian American Archives oral history interviews collection is available at http://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/499.
Edward C.M. Chen Family Collection, 1920-2010, MS 561. Finding aid: http://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/487.
Gene & Hedy Lee Chinese language newspapers & photographs, 1962-2010, MS 556. Finding aid: http://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/482.