This assignment pushes students to think critically about the life stories of everyday people in relation to the larger themes, topics, and historic events we discuss in class. Students will write a paper that connects an oral history interview with course themes, assigned readings, and additional research. Students have two options for their 1400-1500 word (about 6 pages, double spaced) oral history research paper:
- Conduct an oral history interview (roughly 45-60 minutes in length) with an Asian American or Pacific Islander who is at least 40 years old and contextualize their life story in broader themes, topics, and events in Asian American history.
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The paper must use class materials and additional research to analyze and contextualize the interviewee’s life story within broader themes and topics in Asian American history such as migration, labor, and resistance. While students are expected to incorporate information from their oral history interview into their papers (e.g., direct quotations or paraphrasing) to tell their interviewee’s life story, the paper must be more than a summary of the oral history. If you choose to conduct your own interview, potential interviewees include family members, friends, teachers, or neighbors, conducted in person or remotely. If you choose to use a pre-recorded oral history with primary source documents, please consult the research resources list posted on Canvas for online archives and databases; your oral history interview must come from one of these online archives. In addition to relying on assigned course readings, all students should plan on using the CSULB library website to help locate scholarly sources relevant to your topic. Do not rely on Google for your research project. Students are expected to spend time editing and revising their papers; do not procrastinate!I already have the proposals paper so you only need to write about 2~3 pages long
The paper consists of two parts, each of which is a portion of the total paper grade:
- A paper proposal discussing an oral history interviewee and topic (5%), due Week 4. Proposals must be between 300-350 words (about 2 pages, double spaced). Your instructor MUST approve your proposed topic.
- The proposal must include the following:
1) Identify who you plan to interview (if you are conducting your own interview) or what recorded interview you plan to use AND an online database you plan to use for your primary sources (if you are using a pre-recorded interview).
2) Identify a topic or theme you expect to cover in your paper.
3) Identify at least one relevant scholarly source related to this topic or theme. Briefly describe the main argument in the source. Your source must be something other than assigned course materials.
4) In-text citations and a works cited page. Proposals without citations and a works cited page will receive a reduced grade.
This assignment pushes students to think critically about the life stories of everyday people in relation to the larger themes, topics, and historic events we discuss in class. Students will write a p
Oral History Paper Proposal I plan to write an oral history paper on the theme of living in Hawaii during the early 20th century, using the online database Densho and Densho Digital Repository. The primary source for my paper is the recorded interview of Grace Sugita Hawley, who was born in Honolulu in 1931, which will provide valuable insights into what life was like in Hawaii during this period. I aim to examine the social dynamics, economic situations, and cultural traditions, especially of Americans of Japanese descent, who made up a significant section of the population during this time. Life in Hawaii: An Autobiographical Memoir by Dr. Edward Turner Perkins, 1901–1941, published in 1982, is one of the pertinent scholarly works I want to study. As he discusses the discrimination and segregation that ethnic communities in Hawaii, notably Japanese Americans, endured, Perkins’ book will provide my paper historical perspective and backdrop. According to Hawley, who grew up in a Honolulu neighbourhood where the majority of the residents were Japanese Americans and had to deal with anti-Japanese prejudice during World War Two, Perkins’ observations about the “racial obstacles” that existed in Hawaii are consistent with Hawley’s account of those same obstacles. The interview with Hawley offers a first-hand account of the lives of Asian Americans in Hawaii at this period. For instance, Hawley recounts how the FBI first detained her father, a U.S. Army veteran, in a camp and arrested him for supposed treason because of his Japanese heritage. This incident brings to light the prejudice and imprisonment that Japanese Americans endured during World War Two, a topic that Perkins also covers. These sources contend that historical occurrences like American imperialism and the civil rights movement shaped Asian Americans’ lives in Hawaii at this time. The paper will examine how historical occurrences, social dynamics, economic conditions, and cultural traditions influenced the lives of Asian Americans in Hawaii. Moreover, it will look at how these encounters have affected their sense of self and how they have developed the ability to speak out against injustice. The paper will also emphasise how important these concerns are to modern society. Interview source https://ddr.densho.org/interviews/ddr-densho-1000-246-1/ Book source that was use in class for references https://archive.org/details/makingofasianame00leee/mode/2up 2 samples papershttps://anonfiles.com/x9rbJ7nfz1/Sample_paper_rar You can find source from csulbhttps://csu-lb.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/search?vid=01CALS_ULB:01CALS_ULB&mode=advanced Work Cited Hawley, Grace Sugita. Interview by Tom Ikeda. Densho Digital Repository, 1999. https://ddr.densho.org/media/ddr-densho-1000/ddr-densho-1000-246-transcript-4944bc87d0.htm. Perkins, Edward Turner. Life in Hawaii: An Autobiographic Sketch by Dr. Edward Turner Perkins, 1901-1941. Honolulu, Hawaii: The Hawaii Newspaper Agency, Ltd, 1982. Asian-Nation.org. https://www.asian-nation.org/index.shtml.