Dr. Kristine Dennehy is a history professor at California State University Fullerton, with a specialization in Japanese and Korean history. A Connecticut native, Dr. Dennehy majored in Japanese language at Georgetown University, completed her M.A. in Asian Studies at Sophia University in Tokyo, and received her Ph.D. in history at UCLA (2002) with a dissertation entitled “Memories of Colonial Korea in Postwar Japan.” In 2008-09, Dr. Dennehy served Historical Adviser for an oral history project interviewing over 80 Japanese-American veterans who had served in the Military Intelligence Service during the Allied Occupation of Japan (1945-1952) as interpreters and translators. She is a lifetime member of the Orange County Historical Society and the Fullerton Sister City Association and regularly presents her work to local and international audiences, including the Fullerton Public Library Town & Gown Series and the Asian Association of World Historians.
Dr. Ester E. Hernández earned her Ph.D. in Social Science at UC Irvine and is a professor Chicana/o Latina/o Studies at CalStateLA. She has published on Salvadoran migration and remittances in social science journals such as the Journal of American Ethnic History and Economy & Society. She received a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, 2003-2004, CSULA on the theme of “Families and Belonging in the Multi-ethnic Metropolis.” Born in El Salvador, she serves on the board of directors of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and is the co-editor of the anthology U.S. Central Americans: Reconstructing Memories, Struggles and Communities of Resistance (University of Arizona Press) about 1.5 and second generation Centroamericanas/os and U.S. Central Americans. Her current research is linked to immigrant rights, economic development and cultures of memory among children of immigrants.
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Family history can represent a transnational narrative. The Korean diaspora in a post-Japanese imperialist society pushed Mr. Song Hurn Joo to immigrate to Hawaii and eventually Los Angeles to pursue sovereignty for his country. Educated at Princeton University, these lessons and networks provided a bedrock for his lifetime career in politics. Dr. Syngman Rhee appointed him as the chairman of finance to issue bonds for the Korean government-in-exile. He educated Korea immigrants and helped unify organizations to establish the Korean National Association. Mr. Song served as the Korean National Association chairman for two terms, but was elected for three. Mr. Song’s commitment to his nation’s independence was the reason to honor his lasting memory at this year’s colloquium.
Dr. Dennehy, CSUF History Department Chair, Dr. Granata, COPH Director, and Jennifer Keil, CSUF MA graduate, gathered at the Korean Consul General’s Residence in Los Angeles for the second annual Korean Diaspora Colloquium. This evening was opened by Dr. Shiyoung Park, Education Consul, to welcome the group of community leaders, scholars, and friends. Consul General Wan-joong Kim provided congratulatory remarks for the commemorative program in his home. Jennifer Keil, SOHA 1st VP, provided the keynote presentation on the life of Song Hurn Joo, a Seoul born Korean patriot who used his political connections to liberate his country from Japanese imperialism. Mr. Dong K. Kim concluded this evening with a memoir of his visionary grandfather which included personal memories. The Kim family provided archival materials and a written history that will be preserved for future scholars to analyze. We hope to create a robust oral history project that not only maintains Mr. Song Hurn Joo’s contributions, but other incredible patriots. Please contact Jennifer Keil at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to contribute to this ongoing project. We hope to create a 2019 Southwest Oral History Association panel.
“Since 1966, the Oral History Association has served as the principal membership organization for people committed to the value of oral history. OHA engages with policy makers, educators, and others to help foster best practices and encourage support for oral history and oral historians. With an international membership, OHA serves a broad and diverse audience including teachers, students, community historians, archivists, librarians, and filmmakers.”
OHA has an Archives Interest Group that provides pragmatic approaches to storing analog and born-digital files. This group was established at the 2014 OHA annual meeting. Participate in the annual meeting on October 10-14, 2018 at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
We recommend that you review the visual presentation created by Steven Sielaff at Baylor University.Video Preservation AIC Presentation
You can contact him directly at:
Steven Sielaff | Baylor University
Senior Editor & Collection Manager – Baylor University Institute for Oral History
One Bear Place, #97271
(312 Carroll Library)
Waco, TX 76798-7271
(254) 710-4644 – phone
The UNLV University Library has an incredible project directed by SOHA’s Past President, Dr. Claytee White and managed by SOHA’s Secretary & Newsletter Editor, Barbara Tabash. African American Collaborative joined together because each believes in the importance of collecting, preserving, and making accessible the history of African Americans in Las Vegas.”
Their “website was launched in January 2014, the digital collection contained approximately 600 items. During subsequent grant periods, additional materials were added to bring the total to 4543 items. The multiple formats include text, images, and multimedia. Roughly 75 oral history interviews previously conducted by the UNLV Libraries’ Oral History Research Center are searchable via keywords or full text. Additional audio clips (52 mp3 files) complement the text, as well as photograph collections (398 total images) and a small selection of items from the manuscript collections (14 documents) that are relevant to the project’s focus. Each narrator (47 total) is represented in the collection with a biographical information record in the collection that joins related materials together in one place for easy user access. While some Partners shared materials for digitization that include items like the Jay Florian Mitchell Collection held by the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society (260 images), others shared information about their holdings and links to their collection websites.
In 2016 the UNLV University Libraries partnered with VegasPBS to complete the final phase of the project. With additional grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and The Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial, they produced the documentary, African Americans: the Las Vegas Experience. In addition, they created a curriculum guide to help K-12 teachers incorporate video clips and primary sources into classroom teaching and assignments.”
Visit http://digital.library.unlv.edu/aae for more project details.
SOHA’s Dr. Mary Contini Gordon was recently a part of Calabasas Author’s Night. Please see the article posted on the station’s site below:
“Business and Innovation Leader, Speaker, Writer/Researcher and Author Dr. Mary Contini Gordon is a meticulous researcher with years of examining organizational issues in the public and private sectors. She was the executive director of the Hughes Institute for Professional Development and oversaw professional and executive development across all five Hughes Companies. After retiring at the end of 2008, she became the facilitator for the Arizona Technology Council’s CEO Network in Tucson, mostly small companies, some family businesses.
Her latest book, “Chiriaco Summit, Built by Love in the Desert“: “Wine was free, but we had to pay for water.”
Joe Chiriaco and his thirteen siblings heard this from their Italian immigrant father as he recounted his ocean journey to America. In the face of limited water and rudimentary dirt roads, Joe and his Norwegian wife, Ruth Bergseid, founded Chiriaco Summit in the 1930s, a desert travel oasis on today’s Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles, promising to serve the world on wheels.
The twenty-four-seven challenges are lightened with the courtship of two feisty lovers, the frolicking of youngsters in the desert, more loves, and the juxtaposition of some very imposing personalities, including those of Joe Chiriaco and General Patton.
After moving through new aqueducts and highways, military camps, societal upheavals, and a welcome new set of hard-working immigrants, the twenty-first century brings provisions for electric cars, modern aircraft, and ATV facilities outside Joshua Tree National Park from whence the first Summit waters flowed.
Dr. Gordon is dedicated to telling the stories of those who may not be well known, but contribute mightily to the fabric of this country.”
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“Oral History in Our Challenging Times” Oral History Association
2018 Annual Meeting
October 10-14, Montreal, Canada
“We are now accepting poster submissions at OHA 2018.
We invite submissions for a poster session and project bazaar that will be held at the Oral History Association Conference at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada from October 10-14, 2018 The session will take place on Saturday, October 13. Proposals addressing the meeting theme, ‘Oral History in Our Challenging Times’ are especially welcome, but any timely subject of interest to oral history will be considered. Presenters must be available to discuss their posters and projects during the session.”
Visit http://www.oralhistory.org/2018-call-for-posters/ for full details.