Upcoming Events:

We are hosting a summer workshop series "HAAA Summer Zoom-ba" for HAAA interns with an extended invite to all Rice students, with a line-up of the following speakers and talks:

June 21, 2021, at 12 PM:

   Dolly Li, "Covering Race & Fetish in Media"

[Date TBD]

   Lan Li, "Career in Asian American Studies"

[Date TBD]

   Alden Sajor Marte-Wood, "Asian Americans for Black Lives: Exploring the Radical History of Asian American Activism”


Zoom Link (for all four talks):


Speaker bios:

Dolly Li (Rice '12, VADA & Economics) is a Los Angeles and New York-based video journalist and documentarian. She tells investigative and nuanced cultural stories about communities. Her short three-part documentary series, "Chinese Food: An All-American Cuisine," was awarded a Regional Emmy in Northern California. Her latest production with Asian studies professor, Adrian De Leon, "A People's History of Asian America," was aired by PBS Voices in May 2021. Her talk with HAAA will further unpack the research she has done on the episode, "Where Did Asian Fetish Come From?".

Lan Li (Assistant Professor, History of Science) is a historian of the body and filmmaker focusing on medicine and health in global East Asia. She received her PhD in History, Anthropology, and Science Technology and Society Studies from MIT in 2016 and served as a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia University. Dr. Li’s first book manuscript, Intimate Cartographies: Body Mapping and the Assembly of Medical Imagination, explores a visual history of mapping meridians onto peripheral nerves from the early modern period to the twentieth century. Her second project centers on a transnational history of numbness, which situates numbness, or ma 麻, in categories of flavor and food before tracking its transformation into a pathological side effect. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the PD Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

Alden Sajor Marte-Wood (Assistant Professor, English department) specializes in Asian Anglophone and Asian American literature, Marxist literary criticism, social reproduction theory, political economy, and postcolonial thought. His current book project, "Philippine Reproductive Fictions: Culture and its Gendered Divisions of Labor," establishes a longue durée continuity between martial law-era crises of social reproduction, the state-sponsored export of care work, the contemporary outsourcing of digital intimacy, and Philippine cultural forms. His writing has appeared in Post45, The Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics, Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, The Journal of Asian American Studies, Asian American Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students, and the Bloomsbury Handbook of Literary and Cultural Theory.

Alex Jong-Seok Lee (Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow, Transnational Asian Studies) is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research is situated at the intersection of labor migration studies, gender and feminist studies, and comparative ethnic studies. His scholarship explores how shifting modes of mobility (economic, spatial, and affective) inform the political and ethical stakes behind late-capitalist personhood.


Past Events:

We are happy to announce that two short films created by Leah Ogawa "To Be Visible" and "Love Letter to Houston", produced by HAAA and inspired by its oral history interviews and podcasts, have been chosen and will premiere on the 17th Houston AAPI Film Festival (HAAPIFEST). Its organizer, OCA Greater Houston, will be hosting this year's festival entirely virtual from Jun 3-13, 2021.

"Love Letter to Houston": premiered at 6 PM CST on June 9, 2021; followed by behind-the-scenes of the miniatures puppetry set.

"To Be Visible": premiered at 6 PM CST on June 12, 2021; followed by director Q&A.

For a full schedule, visit here.

For tickets, visit

Tickets start at $5 only. Use promo code HAAPI50 for 50% off.

Witness to History: Stories from the Houston Asian American Archive

A webinar lecture by Dr. Anne Chao, program manager of Houston Asian American Archive, on Friday, May 7th, at 6 PM.

Organized by Multicultural Community Relations in the Office of Public Affairs, Rice University.

To view a recording of the talk, follow here.

Fondren After Dark | Embodying Healing

Filipina-American dancer, Rea Sampilo, responded to the site-specific immersive exhibition "Portal of Healing," by Rachel Gonzales, through the language of her body in conversation with the words, the brushstrokes, in the space of the metaphoric "womb," "bridge" and "portal."

"I am the brush.-- Rea Sampilo


To view the performance, click on the image:

Oral History Workshop with Benji de la Piedra:

With the permission of the speaker, who was invited to speak with HAAA interns at Rice University on Feb 23, 2021, we have opened up the recording of his talk to share with HAAA's community on our YouTube channel. To view, follow here.

"Virtual Tour with MOCA"

Take a virtual tour with our friends at the Museum of Chinese America (MOCA) in New York City, on Feb 23rd, 2021 at 3 PM CST / 4 PM EST.

The tour will feature their permanent exhibition, "With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America". 

A recording of the tour can be assessed here.


In conjunction with "Portal of Healing," a site-specific installation by artist Rachel Gonzales, Houston Asian American Archive is organizing an artist talk with Rachel Gonzales, "Portal of Healing: We will cross the bridge together" at 11 am, Jan 23rd, 2021, moderated by Ann Shi, associate curator of HAAA.

A recording of the webinar is viewable here.

The exhibition is on view from Jan 15 - Mar 31, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, advanced reservation is required to visit, at

Social Media: @RiceHAAA, @rachelgonzalesart, #HealwithHAAA, #HoustonAsianAmericanArchive

Calling short creative writings on Healing: 

- Must be within 50 words.

- Surrounding healing, love, human strife, consolation, and resilience. 

Deadline: Dec 20th, 2020.

[Note: By submitting your writing, you agree that you have given consent for the Houston Asian American Archive to use the writing for the purpose of this exhibition and any related archives of the exhibit.]


Unveiling the Untold Stories in the Chinese American Journey

As MOCA continues to rebuild from a devastating fire at its archives and the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum remains committed to telling the untold stories in the making of America. 
The near loss of MOCA's irreplaceable archives of 85,000+ artifacts that tell 200 years of Chinese American history is a stark reminder of how objects bring history to life and how quickly these stories may be lost. MOCA believes now more than ever that it must inspire individuals to preserve artifacts, share them with the public-at-large, and provide an educational resource to supplement missing parts of U.S. history.
HAAA invites you to the second installment of MOCA's newest initiative called MOCA Treasures on the Road on Wednesday, October 21, at 3:00 P.M. CT. 

A recording of the webinar is available at MOCA's Vimeo Channel here as well as HAAA's YouTube Channel here.

Creativity Contest (Rice students only)


Artist Talk Series | "Faces In the Pandemic"

Houston Asian American Archive announces "Faces in the Pandemic" artist talk series, part of the programs for the current exhibition, featuring six artists in this group show. 

The talks will contextualize each of the artists' works in the exhibit as well as their individual practices, journey, and vision. Audiences will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end. 

The talk series is moderated by Ann Shi, associate curator, and Ashley Tsang, Rice student intern. 

Artist Talk #1: Sherry Tseng Hill & Anthony Pabillano

Date: Sep 30, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time

A recording of the webinar can be found here

Sherry Tseng Hill

Reflecting on the multi-faceted world we live in, Sherry Tseng Hill often superimposes imagery and pattern and plays with combining opposite expressions: the soft and the hard, the transparent and the opaque, the flat, and the spatial, the literal and the abstract. Constantly exploring different techniques and mediums to create textures and see how they can best tell the story or convey the emotions she hopes to evoke, her drawings, paintings, and 3-D constructions reflect her background as an architect. Her love of the sciences, mathematics, and literature, and her particular interest in the idea of nonlinear time/space of personal histories as well as the cosmos are prominent themes in her work.

Straddling the east and the west, Hill was born and raised in Taiwan until the young teenage years. Her childhood experiences in Taiwan forms a great part of her approach to life and her art. She is a Rice alum (BA in Art History & Architecture '80, B.Arch '82), and a practicing architect. She lives and works in Houston.

Anthony Pabillano was born and raised in the Philippines, moved when he was 11, and lived out the rest of his youth in Corpus Christi, Texas. Art has been part of Pabillano's life since childhood; although he later pursued studies in accounting and now a practicing accountant, he never gave up on art. Paper has been a medium unique to Pabillano, ever since an assignment during high school where he was asked to follow Henri Matisse's paper cut practice. Portraiture is his favorite genre from his introspective approach and sharp observations of human beings, especially people he respects and connects with. Using Matisse's inspiration, with self-made techniques of rendering "chiaroscuro" using layered paper art, Pabillano's portraiture forges a unique channel of storytelling, and the discourse in layers of and the depth of skin, their shades, and the intricate and hybrid world we live in.

Artist Talk #2: Brandon Tho Harris & Victor Ancheta

Date: Oct 7, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time

A recording of the webinar can be found here

Brandon Tho Harris

is an interdisciplinary artist based in Houston, Texas. His creative practice explores his identity as a child of war refugees. By examining the Vietnamese diaspora in relation to his own family history, he is able to understand and process intergenerational trauma. Harris' work incorporates self-portraiture, his family archives, and historical images portraying the Vietnam war. Through photography, video, performance, and installation, he allows the viewers a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding migration. His work has been featured in exhibitions at Houston Center for Photography and the Blaffer Art Museum. Harris' projects have also been funded by grants from The Idea Fund and Houston Art Alliance. Currently, he is pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Houston with a concentration of Photography and Digital Media.

Victor Ancheta

is a gay immigrant artist and writer. He spent his childhood in the Philippines, and then migrated to the United States. He is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and studied Studio Art and Creative Writing at the University of Houston-Downtown. Victor is a conceptual artist and works in installations, sculptures, and paintings. His pieces deal with his identity and his relationship with religion, colonial and post-colonial history, and deconstructing traditions.

Artist Talk #3: Antonius-Tin Bui & Jennifer Ling Datchuk

Date: Oct 14, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time 
A recording of the webinar can be found here

Antonius-Tín Bui (they/them pronouns) is a polydisciplinary artist with roots all over the USA.

They are the child of Paul and Van Bui, two Vietnamese refugees who sacrificed everything to provide a future for their four kids and extended family. Born and raised in Bronx, NY, Antonius eventually moved to Houston before pursuing a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MIC/A).

Since graduating in 2016, Antonius has been fortunate to receive fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Kala Art Institute, Tulsa Artists Fellowship, Halcyon Arts Lab, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Yaddo, Anderson Center at Tower View, The Growlery, and Fine Arts Work Center.

Antonius has exhibited at various institutional, private, public, and underground venues, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, IA&A at Hillyer, Lawndale Art Center, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Artscape, Satellite Art Fair Austin, Blaffer Art Museum, Laband Art Gallery, and Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building.

Jennifer Ling Datchuk 

was born in Warren, Ohio, and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.

As the child of a Chinese immigrant and grandchild of Russian and Irish immigrants, the family histories of conflict she has inherited are a perpetual source for her work. She captures this conflict by exploring the emotive power of domestic objects and rituals that fix, organize, soothe, and beautify our lives.

Trained in ceramics, her works often use a myriad of materials ranging from porcelain to fabric or embroidery. Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She has received grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio as well as Artpace to research the birthplace of porcelain in Jingdezhen, China.

In 2016, she was awarded a residency through the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, and was a Black Cube Nomadic Museum Artist Fellow. Recently, she completed a residency at the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and was awarded the Emerging Voices Award from the American Craft Council.