Ang Buhay sa Nayon – Life in the Valley Oral History Project, 2007-2015

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Moses, Hannah
Creator:
de Tablan, Luz M.
Title:
Ang Buhay sa Nayon -- Life in the Valley Oral History Project
Collection No.:
SC 0026
Date:
2007-2015
Extent:
2 boxes, .64 Cubic Feet
Extent:
191 digital files, 6.35 Gigabytes
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
Ang Buhay sa Nayon - Life in the Valley Oral History Project, 2014-2015, is comprised of video recordings, transcripts, photographs and a scrapbook documenting twenty-three oral history interviews from seventeen Filipino Americans from the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Ang Buhay sa Nayon, Life in the Valley Oral History Project, 2007-2015, SC 0026, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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Bio/Historical Note

Ang Buhay sa Nayon - Life in the Valley Oral History Project, 2007-2015 is an oral history project partnership between James Madison University and the Filipino American Community of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This project is also Hannah Moses' thesis project for her Master's in Local, Public, Regional History from JMU. The website for her digital thesis project can be found here: http://sites.jmu.edu/lifeinthevalley/

Moses began recruiting interviewees at the Harrisonburg, Virginia International Festival on September 27, 2014 and the interviews were completed in the Fall of 2014. For this project, fifteen Philippine-born Filipino Americans and two US-born Filipino Americans shared their life stories in a total of twenty-three interviews. Luz M. de Tablan, the founder of the Filipino American Community in the Shenandoah Valley, worked with Moses to interview Filipino individuals for the oral history project.

As of 2015, there are 1,110 Filipino Americans living in the Shenandoah Valley with the majority residing in the northern counties. Those who volunteered for the project live primarily in the southern portion of the Shenandoah Valley. This collection contains the stories of those who came to the United States between 1963 and 2010 and sheds light on the rural immigrant experience. The collection was officially opened to the public at a reception honoring the interviewees on April 25, 2015.

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Scope and Content

Ang Buhay sa Nayon - Life in the Valley Oral History Project, 2007-2015, is comprised of video recordings, transcripts, photographs and a scrapbook documenting twenty-three oral history interviews from seventeen Filipino Americans from the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. The interviews were conducted during 2014 and edited and transcribed in 2015.

The project employed a life narrative approach where interviewees were asked to tell their life story and were then asked follow-up questions. Transcribing, editing, and reviewing took place in the Spring of 2015.

All interviews were conducted by Hannah Moses, and some interviews also included Luz M. de Tablan as an active interviewer. In some cases, interviewees wanted to conduct a second interview. Please see the transcripts for details about the interviews including length and date of interview as well as information about each interviewee including age, place of birth, and the date each individual arrived in the Shenandoah Valley.

Please note that video recordings and transcripts for each interview are available for use in the JMU Special Collections Reading Room.

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Arrangement

Interviews are listed alphabetically by interviewee's last name.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

electronic records added May 2019

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

Access to the Oral Histories is governed by agreements with the interviewees. The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

The oral history interviews in this collection were recorded in 2014 by Hannah Moses and Luz M. de Tablan. Interviews were donated to JMU Special Collections in the Spring of 2015.

Processing Information

The video interviews were transcribed by Hannah Moses and edited by Annie Swain. Additional edits of the transcripts by the authors are reflected in the online versions. The author-edited and original-edited versions are available in the JMU Special Collections Reading Room. In two instances, accompanying biographical information by the author is included online and on-site. In one instance, access to the video interview is only available on-site.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Moses, Hannah. "Ang Buhay Sa Nayon - Life in the Shenandoah Valley" Masters Thesis Project. http://sites.jmu.edu/lifeinthevalley/

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Scrapbooks
  • oral histories (literary works)

Subject

  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- 20th century
  • Immigrants -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.)
  • Filipino Americans -- Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.)

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Elmer Bonga interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 24, 2014

Elmer Bonga interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 24, 2014

Elmer Bonga Transcripts and Supplemental Documents, October 24, 2014 Box 1 Folder 1
Elmer Bonga Photographs Digital-materials SC0026-SET-001
Lynn Buchanan interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 28, 2014, December 11, 2014

Lynn Buchanan interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 28, 2014, December 11, 2014

Lynn Buchanan Transcripts and Supplemental Documents, October 28, 2014, December 11, 2014 Box 1 Folder 2
Lynn Buchanan Photographs Digital-materials SC0026-SET-001
Tess Cortes interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 22, 2014, December 10, 2014

Tess Cortes interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 22, 2014, December 10, 2014

Tess Cortes Lynn Transcripts and Supplemental Documents, October 22, 2014, December 10, 2014 Box 1 Folder 3
Tess Cortes Photographs Digital-materials SC0026-SET-001
Diony de Tablan interviewed by Hannah Moses and Luz de Tablan, October 24, 2014

Diony de Tablan interviewed by Hannah Moses and Luz de Tablan, October 24, 2014

Box 1 Folder 4
Luz M. de Tablan interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 16, 2014, December 8, 2014

Diony de Tablan interviewed by Hannah Moses and Luz de Tablan, October 24, 2014

Box 1 Folder 5
Pamela Aquino Flavell interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 27, 2014

Pamela Aquino Flavell interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 27, 2014

Box 1 Folder 6
Manny Jose interviewed by Hannah Moses, November 22, 2014

Manny Jose interviewed by Hannah Moses, November 22, 2014

Box 1 Folder 7
Elery Kadile interviewed by Hannah Moses and Luz de Tablan, November 23, 2014

Elery Kadile interviewed by Hannah Moses and Luz de Tablan, November 23, 2014

Box 1 Folder 8
Jinky T. Knox interviewed by Hannah Moses, November 21, 2014

Jinky T. Knox interviewed by Hannah Moses, November 21, 2014

Box 1 Folder 9
Gemma C. Myers interviewed by Hannah Moses, November 21, 2014

Gemma C. Myers interviewed by Hannah Moses, November 21, 2014

Box 1 Folder 10
Hannah Myers interviewed by Hannah Moses, November 25, 2014

Hannah Myers interviewed by Hannah Moses, November 25, 2014

Box 1 Folder 11
Michelle S. Ott interviewed by Hannah Moses and Luz de Tablan, November 26, 2014

Michelle S. Ott interviewed by Hannah Moses and Luz de Tablan, November 26, 2014

Box 1 Folder 12
Gina Roy interviewed by Hannah Moses and Luz de Tablan, October 26, 2014, November 23, 2014

Gina Roy interviewed by Hannah Moses and Luz de Tablan, October 26, 2014, November 23, 2014

Box 1 Folder 13
Eva Tran interviewed by Hannah Moses, November 24, 2014

Eva Tran interviewed by Hannah Moses, November 24, 2014

Eva Tran Transcripts and Supplemental Documents, November 24, 2014 Box 1 Folder 14
Eva Tran Photographs Digital-materials SC0026-SET-001
Andrew Zapanta interviewed by Hannah Moses, December 7, 2014

Andrew Zapanta interviewed by Hannah Moses, December 7, 2014

Box 1 Folder 15
Lita Zapanta interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 30, 2014, November 20, 2014

Lita Zapanta interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 30, 2014, November 20, 2014

Box 1 Folder 16
Conrad Zapanta interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 30, 2014, November 20, 2014

Conrad Zapanta interviewed by Hannah Moses, October 30, 2014, November 20, 2014

Conrad Zapanta Transcripts and Supplemental Documents, October 30, 2014, November 20, 2014 Box 1 Folder 17
Conrad Zapanta Video recordings, October 30, 2014, November 20, 2014 Digital-materials SC0026-SET-001
Ang Buhay sa Nayon Reception Headshots Digital-materials SC0026-SET-001
Pictorial History of the Filino American Community of the Shenandoah Valley Scrapbook, 2007-2015 Box OV1
Ang Buhay sa Nayon Reception Photographs, April 25, 2015 Digital-materials SC0026-SET-001
Ang Buhay sa Nayon Reception Documents, April 25, 2015 Box 1 Folder 18