Dr. Anne S. Chao

Co-founder, Program Manager

Dr. Anne Chao received her M. A. and Ph.D. from Rice’s Department of History (2005 and 2009), under the direction of Prof. Richard J. Smith. Her research interests include using computational techniques to do network analysis, text-mining, and archival research on historical figures in the late Qing, early Republican China, as well as in the immigration history of Asian Americans to the south.

The Houston Asian American Archive was founded by Dr. Anne Chao in 2009. Aside, Dr. Chao has also taught courses and mentored students in the Program in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities, and in the Department of History.  

Dr. Chao is a College Associate and a Divisional Advisor to undeclared humanities students at Lovett College. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Chao Center for Asian Studies, the Kinder Institute, the Shepherd School of Music, and a member of the Patron Group of the Moody Center for the Arts


Ann Shi

Associate Curator

Ann Shi (she/her) is a curator with a diverse background. She was born in China to a family of artists and musicians, and moved to the U.K. in her teenage years. She graduated from University of Oxford with B.A. & Master of Mathematics (MMath Hons) degree, and later from Sotheby's Institute with a Master of Arts in Art Business with a focus on Contemporary Asian Art (New York/London). During her past life as a hedge fund risk analyst on the trading floor, she immersed herself in the New York arts and music scene. She sang in an indie rock band, performed in ad-hoc opera gigs, modeled for photography artists, and acquainted herself with classical Chinese painting connoisseurs. Shi worked at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University and Classical Chinese Paintings department at Christie's Auction House before joining the Houston Asian American Archive.

Since joining HAAA in Feb 2020, Shi has initiated and led the COVID-19 special collection, Racial Justice & Civic Engagement special collection, and the HAAA Art Collection. She has also led the curation, its programs, and catalog writing of the group exhibition "Faces In the Pandemic," and site-specific solo exhibition "Portal of Healing". 

With funding from the Chao Center for Asian Studies, Shi is spearheading the production of the "Dear Houston — Love, Asian America" series of public programs, which includes podcasts, documentaries, and animations. 

Amanda Focke

Archivist, Houston Asian American Archive

Head of Special Collections, Woodson Research Center at Fondren Library

Katherine Shen

Volunteer and Friend of the Archive

Our students are at the center of this Archive:

Senior Lead Intern

Sarah Kong, Junior ('23), Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Lead Intern

Helen Pu, Senior ('22), Political Science

Website Assistant

Sonia Zhi Mei He, Junior ('23), Chemistry

Communications Intern

Kevin Chen, Sophomore ('24), Biosciences

Kristie Lynn, Senior ('22), English Language and Literature


Chelsea Li, Junior ('23), Cognitive Sciences

Christine Wu, Junior ('23), Anthropology

Emily Ma, Sophomore ('24), Biology and English 

Gina Matos, Sophomore (24'), English and Sociology

Josh Kim, Junior ('23), English

Karen Siu, Third-year graduate student, English

Katherine Wu, Junior ('23), Neuroscience

Kelly Liao, Junior ('23), Political Science

Lia Stallmann, Sophomore ('24), Music

Sam Lee, Sophomore ('24), Neuroscience

Sofia Matthews, Sophomore ('24), Music

Vivian Zheng, Sophomore ('24), Political Science and Sociology

Yiyi Yang, Sophomore ('24), Natural Sciences

Past contributors:

Professor Tani Barlow, who helped conceive the project

Patricia Wong ('16), former intern

Priscilla Li ('20), former intern