Podcasts & Documentaries

Podcast Series:

Dear Houston — Love, Asian America

Storytelling is a powerful and beautiful art form that transcends language, space, and time; through this medium of archival practice, we are connected and inspired by stories passed on through generations. In this podcast, we will be sharing stories from the Asian American community in Houston, where stories collected by oral history interviews at the Houston Asian American Archive (HAAA), are weaved, told, and retold, via a myriad of topics that relate to their intersections with the Asian American identity. 

Episode 1:

When Haru Met Saavi: Love Stories from the Houston Asian American Archive

In the spirit of the season for love, the Houston Asian American Archive has selected four love stories from our archive to premiere on Valentine's Day. These stories from past to present consist of ones crossing the ocean, crossing generations, and crossing gender norms. We hope this episode will bring you some laughter, some nostalgia, and... some love from Asian America.


- Melanie & Kendall Toarmina Pang

- Jimmy & Deborah Lin

- Beck Hong Gee (1922–2020)

- Atul & Poonam Salhotra; and their son, Raj Salhotra

A copy of the transcript can be downloaded here.


This podcast is produced by Ann Shi, written by Tyler Stoddard Smith, and sound-edited by Matthew Lai (Senior, NYU). Assisted by Gordan Liu (Junior, Rice). 

Music contributed by: 

- Misha, "We're Gonna Have it Out (Modern Love)" (follow their music on SoundCloud here)

- Kevin Trinidad, "The Ghost in the Window" (follow their music on Spotify here)

- Jimmy Lin, "Nai-Chung Kuan & Joel Hoffman: Chinese Orchestral Works" (follow their music on Spotify here)


More stories:

For a full collection of the footage of the love stories in the Archive (and in the air), please visit our Love Stories special collection here


Full interviews of the four stories in this podcast can be found at:

Jimmy Lin, Deborah Lin (conducted by Chelsea Ward, Winifred Tung)

Poonam & Atul Salhotra, Raj Salhotra (conducted by Ann Shi)

Melanie & Kendall Toarmina Pang (conducted by Gordan Liu)

Beck Hong Gee (conducted by Taylor Ginter, Sara Davis)

Upcoming episodes include: 

- Asian Food in Diaspora (directed by Sarah Kong)

- Asian Art in Houston (directed by Ann Shi)

- Network of Chinese Christian Churches (directed by Helen Pu)

The series is produced by Anne Chao, Program Manager and Co-Founder of Houston Asian American Archive, adjunct faculty of School of Humanities, Rice University. Special thanks to Lisa Balabanlilar, Director of Chao Center for Asian Studies, without whose support this series would not have been possible; and a big thanks to Haejin E. Koh and Hae Hun Matos for their meticulous organization.

Funding is provided by the Houston Asian American Archive, of Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University; with additional support from Dr. Anne Chao, who generously provided her research funding.