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Discuss how historical events and social transformations affected the life of the interviewee.

Placing a Biography in the Context of History

This paper involves interviewing an Asian and/or Pacific Islander American “oldtimer” (Chinese, Japanese, Filipino Americans past the age of 50, living in the United States before 1990; or for all other Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, someone past the age of 50 who came to the United States before 1990). Your paper will be an analysis of his/her experience. The interviewee may be a family member (e.g., grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle) or anyone else you know. Ask questions about his/her experience and about particular aspects of their experience that is relevant to your paper topic. For example, you may ask about the entire life of the interviewee or about just a certain period or aspect of the life of the individual.

In the interview, ask questions about the person’s experiences in the work place, family, friendship networks, and community in which the person lived. Inquire about the person’s relationships with white3s, other Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, other minority groups, and men and women within his/her own ethnicity. And, find out how the person feels about his/her ethnic identity and about “America” in general.

There are two major elements in this paper: description and analysis. Description means telling the person’s story or perspective using y our own words as well as direct quotations from the interview. Be concise and selective in your description – focus upon the important incidents, developments, relationships, and feelings. Analysis means placing his/her personal experience in an historical context. Discuss how historical events and social transformations affected the life of the interviewee. The key here is the connection between personal experience and broader historical forces.

You must type (double space) your assignment and use conventional footnote/bibliographical citations when appropriate.

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