The Houston Asian American Archive (HAAA) is a research archive focusing on Houston's Asian American immigrant experience. The Chao Center for Asian Studies (CCAS) founded and manages HAAA; the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library of Rice University, houses it.

Our Mission

The mission of the Houston Asian American Archive is to foster a deeper understanding of Houston’s immigrant history. We conduct and collect oral histories and preserve letters, diaries, photographs, newspapers and other records created or collected by individuals, businesses and organizations in order to document the unique cultural legacy of Asian Americans as local residents and as (trans)national and global citizens.


HAAA provides physical and digital access to archival materials documenting Asian American communities. HAAA also facilitates grassroots engagement by offering tools for investigating community histories. The goal is to conceptually expand and critically interrogate what race, ethnicity, identity and community mean.

The Chao Center for Asian Studies maintains an interdisciplinary perspective on immigration experiences. Our students learn valuable research skills in oral history documentation and analysis, as well as qualitative social science research methods by participating in internships, fellowships and classroom instruction. These efforts support our long-term goals, which is to build our region's first Asian American archive. Ultimately, HAAA honors Asian American contributions to Houston's unique cultural landscape as local residents and as (trans)national and global citizens.

Materials to collect:

  • Oral histories (life stories)
  • Photographs, letters, diaries
  • Coporation/business records
  • Newspaper clippings, event flyers, brochures