As a historian studying Chinese prisoners' experiences before, during, and after the Korean War, I have interviewed more than eighty former Chinese People's Volunteer Army soldiers who were taken prisoners by the UN forces between 1950 and 1953. As the project is still ongoing, the number of interviewees are still growing, so are the number of hours of interviews. In order to properly record and fully utilize these interviews, proper transcription is required.
Beyond transcription, verification and analysis of the oral history records will be performed with the aid of other historical sources.
1. You will transcribe interview records from audio or video files.
2. You will verify oral history narratives with the aid of other historical records.
3. You will edit the transcription into cohesive, coherent oral history reports. Ideally it will become ready for publication by the end of your project.
You should understand various Chinese dialects, especially those of North China and Sichuan, where most of the POWs were from.
1. You will learn the basic methods and practices of oral history interviews.
2. You will acquire in-depth and personal knowledge of the Chinese Civil War, the Korean War, life in POW camps, and the postwar era in both the mainland China and Taiwan.