Since the first Asian immigrants arrived in Texas in the 1800s, Asians have helped Texas to become a diverse, multicultural state. From immigrants employed to build railroads to the "Pershing Chinese," from World War II internment camps to serving in the U.S. military, Asians have a rich history within the state of Texas.
The map below features the physical location of Official Texas Historical Markers that highlight the contributions and history of Asians in Texas. It honors the generations of Asians who made Texas into the place it is today. Click on the location dots to learn more about some of these stories. For more stories, use the Texas Historic Sites Atlas to search for other markers and designations by using its keyword function.
Don't find a story that you feel should be interpreted? Check out the THC's Undertold Markers program page for information on how to apply for a free historical marker.
Learn more about Asian history in Texas and U.S. at these websites:
Texas Time Travel - Asian Heritage
Houston Asian American Archive
World War II Internment History in Texas
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Theme Studies
Special thanks to our 2021 Preservation Scholar, Ashli Lucio, for creating this map.