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Guide to New Neighbors: Sunset Park's Chinese Community oral histories 1994.007

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Collection processed by Brett Dion and Maria Santiago

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 15, 2017
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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers with varied restrictions according to narrator agreement. Oral histories can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online on the Oral History Portal. Administrative materials are open to researchers upon request and are accessible onsite at the Othmer Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of the oral histories other than for private study, scholarship, or research requires permission of BHS. Please see the Oral History Note for guidelines on using Brooklyn Historical Society's oral history collections. For assistance, please consult library staff at

Preferred Citation

[Narrator Last name, First name], Oral history interview conducted by [Interviewer First name Last name], Interview Date [Month day, YYYY], New Neighbors: Sunset Park's Chinese Community records, [Call number]; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

In addition to this collection, Brooklyn Historical Society has other oral history collections related to residents of Sunset Park:

• Puerto Rican Oral History Project records, 1960-1984 (1976.001)

• AIDS/Brooklyn Oral History Project collection, 1988-1993 (1993.001)

For more information on these collections, please visit our online finding aid portal.

Oral history collections related to the Chinese American community located at the Museum of Chinese in America include:

• Archeology of Change: Mapping Tales of Gentrification in New York City's Chinatown

• Chino-Latino Oral Histories collection, 1997-1998, 2003 (2015.007)

• Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance

• Many Voices, One Humanity

• 9/11 Chinatown Documentation Project

Oral History note

Oral history interviews are intimate conversations between two people, both of whom have generously agreed to share these recordings with the Brooklyn Historical Society archives and with researchers. Please listen in the spirit with which these were shared. Researchers will understand that:

1. The Brooklyn Historical Society abides by the General Principles and Best Practices for Oral History as agreed upon by the Oral History Association (2009) and expects that use of this material will be done with respect for these professional ethics.

2. Every oral history relies on the memories, views and opinions of the narrator. Because of the personal nature of oral history, listeners may find some viewpoints or language of the recorded participants to be objectionable. In keeping with its mission of preservation and unfettered access wherever possible, BHS presents these views as recorded.

3. Transcripts created prior to 2008 serve as a guide to the interview and are not considered verbatim. The audio recording should be considered the primary source for each interview. It may contain natural false starts, verbal stumbles, misspeaks, and repetitions that are common in conversation, and other passages and phrases omitted from the transcript. This decision was made because BHS gives primacy to the audible voice and also because some researchers do find useful information in these verbal patterns.

4. Unless these verbal patterns are germane to your scholarly work, when quoting from this material researchers are encouraged to correct the grammar and make other modifications maintaining the flavor of the narrator's speech while editing the material for the standards of print.

Existence and Location of Copies

This oral history collection is duplicated and stored on-site at MOCA's Collections & Research Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials contained in this collection were generated through the efforts of Brooklyn Historical Society and the Chinatown History Museum.

Processing Information

Series 1: Oral Histories was initially digitized and cataloged at the item level by Alexis Taines and Niles French, oral history interns, in 2009, and Sady Sullivan, Director of Oral History, in 2010. Series 1 was compressed for streaming, uploaded and described by Maria Santiago and Margaret May, project interns, and Brett Dion, project archivist, in summer 2016. Many oral histories in Cantonese or Mandarin were described and indexed in 2016 by Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) staff, including Joy He, Yiyang Li, Yue Ma, Gengwu Wang, Chongyuan Wang, and Siwei Wang. Due to privacy concerns, the specific dates of birth of all narrators or other named individuals were redacted from the accessible transcripts and audio recordings.

Series 2: Oral History Transcripts was inventoried and remains unprocessed.  Series 3: Administrative Materials was not inventoried or processed.