Oral History Project: Preserving Personal Narratives and Cultural Memories

02 Apr

April 5, 2013
Coffman Memorial Center, room #324

In partnership with the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, MN Historical Society’s initiative to collect the stories of Asian Pacific Islander Minnesotans for archival and educational purposes is an important task that has been possible with the help of community members.

As we get closer to the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act and 40th anniversary of the 1975 Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, it’s important for our students and community to be aware of our stories.

The panel will highlight the work of oral historian and Director of the Oral History Project Ryan Barland (MHS), Pa Yang (CAPM) who visited with the Filipina-American community in the most Northern corners of the state, anthropologist David Zander, who interviewed the newly arrived Karen and Burmese communities, and storyteller Phuoc Tran who collected narratives from elders and 2nd generation of the Vietnamese community.

Through this panel, we hope that students will be interested and invested in collecting oral history of their own family and community and possibly be part of future projects that the OHP team will be working on.

Light refreshments provided. This event is free and appropriate for all ages.
To learn more about the Oral History Project, please visit:

To learn more about the panel, please contact Saymoukda Vongsay, Community Outreach Coordinator, or 612-625-4813
Get to know the Asian American Studies Program at

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