HIST 324 – Intro to Oral History

This course introduced me to the methods and challenges of oral history. It simply isn’t recording someone’s memories, but a process of simultaneously unearthing hidden histories and providing a means for the voiceless to obtain agency. I was partnered with a classmate for one oral history project, but was given the freedom to conduct oral histories with any two other subjects of my choice. My vigorous training not only involved IRB standards and obtaining a certificate to conduct research with human subjects, but the recording and editing of oral histories and the writing of transcripts. The primary project behind this course was obtaining stories regarding Riverside’s Chinese community and its Chinatown–my subject (partnered project) was Phyllis Salinas.