Stories To Tell Oral History Project

Collection Overview

Date Range: July 2020 - August 2020
Geographical Coverage: Continental United States
Language(s): Uncategorized (9)
Number of Items: 9
Item Types: Oral History (9)
Collection Creator: Western Washington University - Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Heritage Resources

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About the Collection

Collection Description
Stories to Tell is an oral history series hosted by Dr. Dharitri Bhattacharjee of Western Washington University aimed at exploring the diversity of South Asian perspectives during the COVID-19 period. Running from July 7, 2020 to August 4, 2020 - every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm PST - Stories to Tell featured nine guest speakers participating in a live teleconference interview, with opportunity for audience Q&A at the end. These guest speakers ranged from medical professionals, to academics, to business persons - all affected in different ways by the pandemic, but all tied through their uniquely South Asian perspectives.

This collection provides an important record of South Asian voices during the most unprecedented pandemic periods in recent history. In addition to issues of healthcare and sickness, Stories to Tell touches on a myriad of other issues faced by members of the South Asian community through lockdown and the various social issues brought to the forefront in the first half of 2020. Immigration, international trade, remote learning, community, and Black Lives Matter solidarity are all topics covered throughout the series with direction by Dr. Bhattacharjee.

Biographical History
In March of 2020 the United States began issuing nation-wide lockdown orders in response to the rapid infection rate of the novel CoronaVirus COVID-19. First discovered in humans in November of 2019, COVID-19 quickly spread internationally and became one of the most prolific global illnesses seen since the influenza pandemic of the early 1900s. As a result, quarantine orders and social restrictions were incorporated on a massive scale, and society was required to shift to a remote, socially distanced dynamic almost overnight. The long-term socio-cultural impact of COVID-19’s necessary lockdown measures is still uncertain.

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Collection Themes: COVID-19 (9)

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Administrative Information

Access & Use: Items in this SAADA collection are open for research. Items may not be sold or redistributed, copied or distributed as a photograph, electronic file, or any other media without express written consent from the copyright holder and the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). The user is responsible for all issues of copyright.

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