Doing oral history in George Town

If you're interested in George Town / Penang local histories or how to do community oral history, head on over to the Cherita: Living on Chulia Street 1945-1970 blog, a "project blog set up to document on-going processes, thoughts and reflection during an 8-month oral history documentation project (December 2012 – August 2013) organized by George Town World Heritage Inc." The project coordinator is Kuah Li Feng. I'm on the project advisory committee. From what I've seen so far, they're doing an excellent job of capturing the "sense of place" of Chulia Street. As always, though, they need more "bodies"... finding skilled and dedicated oral historians is in itself a full-time job.

I hope they'll be able to compile these notes and reflections into a full-blown oral history methods manual, one based on actual field experience and tailored to the vagaries of doing research in George Town, Penang.