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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Oral history is unquestionably an important method for recovering the history of ethnic groups, particularly of ethnic working people who leave few written accounts of their own and whose lives are often ignored or else inadequately described by outsiders because of their apparent routineness and unimportance. Unfortunately, many oral history materials remain unknown and unused except by occasional researchers. In 1976, the Hawaii State Legislature established the Oral History Project (OHP, formerly the Ethnic Studies Oral History Project) at the University of Hawaii to record the recollections of ethnic working men and women. Since then, OHP has interviewed over 250 individuals through several major projects. To OHP's credit, it has gone beyond this stage and reached out to the public through slide shows, videotaped documentaries, workshops, a newsletter, and two books, Uchinanchu and Hanahana.
Copyright, ©EES, The National Association for Ethnic Studies, 1986