MOCA is thrilled to invite you to the second installment of MOCA's newest initiative called MOCA Treasures on the Road.
We are honored to present our speaker Anne Shen Chao, PhD. from the Houston Asian American Archive (HAAA). Prof. Chao, is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Humanities at Rice University where she simultaneously manages the HAAA, a research and community outreach project created in 2009 to bring attention to the lives and experiences of Houston's Asian American communities. Since their inception, HAAA has grown to include a robust team which completed over 200 oral history interviews last year, and over the past several years, the HAAA received both the "Resilient Networks to Support Inclusive Digital Humanities" Jump-Start Grant and the Phi Beta Kappa Society Award for "Innovative Efforts to Build Community Connections through the Humanities.”
Prof. Anne will be in conversation with two guests and past HAAA interviewees: Linda Wu, former board member of the Houston Taipei Society and former president of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, and Wea Lee, journalist and chairman of the Southern News Media Group.
The first featured objects will be from Linda Wu's family archives at the HAAA including ephemera and stories from her father Albert Gee's famous Poly-Asian Restaurant in Houston, Texas as well as her involvement with Miss Chinatown Houston Pageant. The Gee family were notable Chinese American restauranteurs who owned and operated several establishments in the Houston area. The second featured artifact will be archival issues of Wea Lee's Southern Chinese Daily News (1979 - ) at the HAAA. Mr. Lee will also discuss ephemera from his personal collection including the ITC Community Empowerment Organization formerly known as International Trade Center - Houston.
This program is brought to you by MOCA friends and partners, including Bloomberg Philanthropies.