Houston Asian American Archive (HAAA)

The Houston Asian American Archive collects, documents, and preserves the experiences of Asian and Asian Americans in Houston, aiming to develop a broader understanding of history through their lens, that continues to evolve towards the studies of Asia in a transnational perspective.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to explore the varied experiences of Asians and Asian Americans in the Houston community, and to understand both the challenges they have faced and the contributions they have made. We aim to capture all generations from all walks of life in order to create an inclusive portrayal of the Houston Asian and Asian American community. We intend this project to provide a documentary history linking these life stories to larger national, regional, and global narratives.

Dr. Anne Chao, Adjunct Lecturer in Humanities at Rice University, is the Co-founder and Manager of the Houston Asian American Archive. 

Stories of Houston Asian Americans

Francine Di, Rice graduate from the Shepherd School of Music ('03), and the 29th Miss Chinatown Pageant, took an oral history interview with the Houston Asian American Archive in July 2019 (link). 

To find out more about her family legacy, her online family archive is exhibited at http://www.houseofdi.com/.

Photo: Wei Jiang, Sherry Cheng. (Courtesy of Sherry Cheng)

A Musical Family: Wei Jiang, violist at the Houston Symphony, plays online concert during COVID-19, with his wife Sherry Cheng (on piano) and daughter Alice (on violin). 

The Ultimate Foodies: Three brothers who founded the Blood Brothers BBQ told their respective life stories with Houston Asian American Archive.

Photo (left to right): Robin Wong, Quy Hoang, and Terry Wong. 

Dr. George C.Y. Chiou seated with daughter, Dr. Linda Epner

Dr. George C.Y. Chiou seated with daughter, Dr. Linda Epner