April 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
This week, I went to the Ethnic Studies library and requested one of the collections of Asian American Studies.
Asian American Studies collection has a variety of materials such as Chinese American archive, Documents related to the International Hotel,
and Chinese overseas collection. You can get the details about each collection on the website of the Ethnic Studies libraries.
You can also search all the collection in Oski Cat.
If you click “quick research”, select “other call number” and then type “AAS ARC”, 114 results will shows up.
The material I requested this week is Angel Island Oral History Project.
It includes 52 file folders and 62 transcripts or summaries of interviews.
The interviews were conducted from 1988 to 1990.
Reading the oral history of detainees, interpreters, and inspectors who are related to the Angel Island,
I could get more detailed information and individual stories.
April 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
This week, we went to BAM and PFA. I was really glad to look at some of their collections. Especially, a work of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha was very interesting. Also, the current exhibition, silence includes one of her visual arts. Otherwise, her works are very difficult to find.
I often check the homepage of Media Resource Center. You can find bibliographies acccording to topics, nations, film makers, and so on. I also found the database of PFA, CineFiles useful. You can easily find articles related to a certain film or topic.
Also, Berkeley Public Library has a nice film collection. If you want to check out, it is better to go there. This week, I borrwed several documentaries related to the Japanese American internment: Toyo Miyatake: infinite shades of gray, Rabbit in the moon, and Unfinished Business. If you cannot find a film in the campus, I recommend you to try public libraries.
April 5, 2013 § Leave a comment
This week I searched ARTstor and found some materials related to my topic.
Especially, I am glad to find pictures of Angel Island and installation arts inspired by the Angel Island oral history. This semester I had interviews with two Chinese Americans : one is a dancer and improv artist and the other is a poet and playwright. Both of them produced pieces related to Angel Island.
It seems interesting to compare various kinds of artistic expression on Asian American experience.
ARTstor is very good resource to find visual images. It is convenient if you want to have a presentation with visual images. You can create an image group and download it as a power point. It also includes the information about the image such as the title, author, place, date and so on.
March 22, 2013 § Leave a comment
Since I am not familiar with your topic, I could not find resources which perfectly fit your thesis. Instead, I have found a book related to British propaganda and media: Modernism, Media, and Propaganda: British Narrative from 1900 to 1945 (2008). You can look at this book on line from the link of Oskicat. Especially, the last chapter about Hitchcock and Wells seems helpful.
I have seen several Germen propaganda films during the Nazi period but I could not come up with the British propaganda films. It may be an interesting research project if you incorporate the British media representation of the war in your research.
March 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
This semester I have conducted two interviews: one is face-to-face interview with a Chinese American dancer and the other is an interview with a Japanese American playwright by mail.
At first, I attended some community events and introduced myself as a Japanese student. But your status as a student does not mean that you are automatically entitled and priviledged to conduct interviews. I think the best way to persuade and seduce someone to have an interview is to meet in person and show your interests and respect to your potential interviewee directly. I have read their works and related articles as much as I can before I conducted interviews. After the interview, I sent them a letter of apprecation with a picture. I also promised to send them my research results once I present or publish papers. From my experience, I have learned that before and after the intervie might be even more important than the interview itself.
This week, I had a short conversation with a Japanese American sansei. He is one of my friends and at the same time an important resource for me to know about Asian American community and experience. Since I have asked about his love story and commitments to Asian American movement before, I asked him about the marriage of his child. In my midterm, I need to write about interracial and coethnic marriage of contemporary Asian American couples and I wanted to ask someone from the former generation about this seemingly new trend of coethnic marriage in Asian American commnity. To have an interview with him, I discovered a lot of new ideas and stories which can be incorporated in my midterm paper.
Oral history is not about inventiong your own sources to confirm and reinforce your idea. It is about sharing other ideas and stories which makes you realize how subjective and unreliable your idea and knowledge is.
March 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
This week I have looked at microfilms of Los Angeles Tribune, an African-American weekly paper from 1946 to 1947. A Japanese American writer Hisaye Yamamoto was hired as a columnist from 1945 to 1948. It was her first job after she came out of the concentration camp. Her column “Small Talk” is such a nice resource to know about the solidarity and conflicts among racial minorities in post-war American society. It also tells us how she developed her political idea on various topics such as Japanese American internment, African American civil rights movement, Jewish American and the problem of Palestine and so on. I have mainly focused on the work published as a book since my research is on literature. But, it is also important to consider the historical context in which each writer is situated and each work is consumed.
March 1, 2013 § 1 Comment
This week, we went to the Bancroft and had an opportunity to pick up the real resources on our hands.
It helps me a lot to feel the sense of what the historical research is like.
Especially, I was very glad to look at the Shakespeare’s book because I wrote a thesis on Othello when I was an undergrad.
Since my current research is about a contemporary Asian American society, most of resourse are available on web.
From the Bancroft homepage, I went to the link of Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive. (http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/collections/jarda.html)
It was such a surprise that you can access a lot of photos and documents on web.
The collection of photos, paintings, diaries, and journals in the camp makes me imagine the conditions of Japanese American lives and their effort to make it better under a harsh condition.