Southern Mix will be housed at the
Southern Oral History Program.

 
Courtesy Anna-Rhesa Versola.

Courtesy Anna-Rhesa Versola.

Pi Mai (Lao New Year) at Charlotte's Lao temple. Photo by Katy Clune.

Pi Mai (Lao New Year) at Charlotte's Lao temple. Photo by Katy Clune.

American oral histories represent one of the most powerful and effective forms of evidence to investigate life in the past, allowing us to listen to the voices of diverse residents of the United States. The Southern Oral History Program, part of the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-CH, is one of the premiere collections of oral histories in the country. However, out of almost 6,000 interviews, just 47 are with interviewees of Asian heritage. Across the country, this problem is replicated in many of the main oral history databases.

Southern Mix therefore aims to create a holistic, strategically designed program that will incentivize the collection of Asian and Asian American oral histories by student interns. The program will also encourage the use of these oral histories in extant and new classes taught within the university. Lastly, it aims to stimulate further interest in the field of Asian American studies through programming that will bring scholars, activists, and experts to campus for lecture series and workshops.