Our oral history project team, consisting of six Community Researchers plus project director Rev. Deborah Lee and faculty advisor Dr. Kathleen S. Yep, met from August 2009 - August 2010.
At one meeting we paired up, interviewed our partners, and each wrote our partner’s biography.
Interviewed: Choeung Chuord, Sarou Vong, Sambat Oun, and Vat Nobb.
Interviewed: Rev. Tofaifaleula Tosi Amosa.
Interviewed: Cynthia “Cindy” Joe, Doreen Der McLeod.
Yuri Morita, she spent her childhood in Kobe, Japan and was drawn to this project because she wanted to document and share stories of bold Asian Pacific Islander women. She currently lives in Oakland and is studying documentary film at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Interviewed: Jean Ishibashi, Marion Wake.
Interviewed: Manufou Liaiga-Anoa'i.
Interviewed: Rev. Mele Laufilitonga Luani .
Praising with her hands and feet, this Chinese American daughter, spouse, mother, and pastor walks the world with a spirit for social justice. Seeking the history of the footsteps that paved the way, she is trying to understand her own path. She is a United Church of Christ minister who lives out her faith and follows her call to justice, while continuing to search for similar stories to learn and grow. She is a mother to three, plus the many she continues to foster. An inspiration, light and passion, Deborah Lee is deeply grounded in “educating others and herself”, creating peace, healing, power, experience, love, faith, justice, and community.... rooted in life.
Interviewed: Rev. Wako Puanani Burgess, Yuri Morita, June Shimokawa.
Dr. Kathleen S. Yep (Project Faculty Advisor)
Walking the windy roads of life, one can feel alone and lost. When your time comes and you make that turn to seek fellowship from a wise sage, I hope you fall into the tender hands of Kathy Yep. This peace maker has many styles of educating. You can find her in the classrooms of Pitzer college or in the company of community builders. The curiosity of hidden stories have led her to aid community researchers who found out that they have stories to tell even as they are researching. Her spirit is dressed with beautiful intrigued untold stories from her aunties and grandmother that can only be seen through the foot print she leaves behind. She will intentionally dance through her lectures with mindfulness. When she invites you to be an agent of social change; just say yes. It’ll be okay because she is a care giver.
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