October 6, 2015−January
The focus of the exhibition will be on Asian
Americans in Houston and their many contributions to our city
and its culture. Topics will include an overview of Asian
immigration, a Buddhist temple, and stories of Houstonians who
trace their ancestry to China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, and
South Asia. The exhibit will bring to life stories in the
articles from the fall 2015 issue of Houston History magazine by
featuring artifacts, photographs, and documents representing a
cultural bridge between Asian and Houstonian.
Asian Americans, whether new
immigrants or third and fourth generation citizens, have
contributed to the city’s economic growth and politics, enhanced
its standing in the global marketplace, and enriched the lives
of their fellow Houstonians by sharing their ethnic cultures
through a host of festivals, traditions, languages, and foods.
Although Asians have become part of the city’s larger society,
one can also find Asian communities across the Houston region,
with their own districts featuring shop and street signs in
multiple languages. As with emigrant populations that came
before them, Asian Americans have established houses of worship,
community centers, media outlets, restaurants, grocery stores,
and other businesses that cater to their preferences. In the
process, they have drawn others to appreciate the kaleidoscope
of their cultures.
9-27-15 Fox26 interview with Rashi Vats
The Heritage Society is funded in part by a grant from the City
of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.