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Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection

Overview

Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

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Las Vegas, Nevada Reunion

Northridge, California

Independent Interviews

Portland, Oregon Reunion

Fremont, California

Shanghai, China

China Marines Reunion



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Collection Overview

Title: Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection, 1996-2019Save to your list.

ID: OCH/OCHOH

Primary Creator: Delmar T. Oviatt Library

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

Series I: Las Vegas, Nevada Reunion, 1996

Series II: Northridge, California, 2002

Series III: Independent Interviews, 2004-2015

Series IV: Portland, Oregon Reunion, 2006

Series V: Fremont, California, 2011

Series VI: Shanghai, China, 2012

Series VII: China Marines Reunion, 2014

Forms of Material: Audio recordings

Languages: English, Chinese, German, Russian

Abstract

The Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection consists of oral histories of "Old China Hands," foreigners who lived and worked in China before or shortly after the Communist takeover of the country in 1949. The experiences of Old China Hands are particulary valuable to historians studying modern Chinese history and world history, as well as those interested in intercultural communications.

Biographical Note

The Oviatt Library created this collection of materials for study and research.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Old China Hands Oral History Project Collection consists of over 150 audio interviews with "Old China Hands," foreigners who lived and worked in China before or shortly after the Communist takeover of China in 1949. Interview topics include daily life in China, impressions of local culture and business, and experiences related to World War II such as the Japanese occupation and internment of Allied country citizens residing in China. Transcripts are available for most audio interviews.

Many of the interviews were recorded at Old China Hands reunions, beginning with the 1996 reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The collection is divided into seven series arranged chronologically, Las Vegas, Nevada Reunion (1996), Northridge, California (2002), Independent Interviews (2004-2019), Portland, Oregon Reunion (2006), Fremont, California (2011), Shanghai, China (2012), and China Marines (2014). Interviews are arranged in alphabetical order by the last name of the narrator for all series.

Series I, Las Vegas, Nevada Reunion contains oral histories conducted at the Las Vegas Old China Hands Reunion by a team led by Sue Fawn Chung, professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Series II, Northridge, California contains interviews conducted in 2002 at Northridge.

Series III, Independent Interviews contains interviews unconnected with a particular event.

Series IV, Portland, Oregon Reunion contains interviews conducted by the Old China Hands Archives at the Portland Old China Hands Reunion.

Series V, Fremont, California contains oral history interviews conducted by the Old China Hands Archives primarily at the Macau Cultural Center in Fremont, California. The bulk of these interviews are with descendents of Portuguese emigrants.

Series VI, Shanghai, China contains oral history interviews conducted by the Old China Hands Archives during a trip to Shanghai.

Series VII, China Marines Reunion, contains oral histories recorded at the China Marines Reunion in Charleston, South Carolina by the Old China Hands Archives.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 76.5 GB Digital Audio

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Jessica Geiser, 2014

Finding Aid Revision History:

Mallory Furnier and Inderdeep Kaur, 2017

Mallory Furnier, 2019


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[Series I: Las Vegas, Nevada Reunion, 1996]
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[Series III: Independent Interviews, 2004-2019]
[Series IV: Portland, Oregon Reunion, 2006]
[Series V: Fremont, California, 2011]
[Series VI: Shanghai, China, 2012]
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Series II: Northridge, California, 2002-2015Save to your list.
Item 1: Ashe, Walter, 2002 October 1Save to your list.
Item 2: Edwards, Roman, 2002 October 5Save to your list.
Item 3: Gates, William and Gates, Sylvia, 2009 May 19Save to your list.
Item 4: Giedt, Harold, 2006 July 7Save to your list.
Item 5: Guitterez, Rinaldo, 2015 April 28Save to your list.
Item 6: Hoffman, Jurgen, 2002 October 5Save to your list.
Item 7: Kuegler, Helga, 2011 September 17Save to your list.

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[Series V: Fremont, California, 2011]
[Series VI: Shanghai, China, 2012]
[Series VII: China Marines Reunion, 2014],
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