History: Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn’s 400-year history. The society possesses the most comprehensive collection of Brooklyn-related materials in existence. The Chinatown History Museum, founded in 1980 as the New York Chinatown History Project, is dedicated to reclaiming, preserving, and interpreting the history and culture of Chinese and their descendants in America. Between 1993 and 1994, the Brooklyn Historical Society and Chinatown History Museum (now Museum of Chinese in America) conducted a series of 28 interviews to document the experiences of the Chinese and Chinese American community living in Sunset Park. Known as Brooklyn’s Chinatown for the Chinese businesses and community organizations that line 8th Avenue, the neighborhood has attracted significant numbers of immigrants from East Asia since the 1980s.
Summary: The collection consists of 28 interviews that the Brooklyn Historical Society in partnership with the Chinatown History Museum (now Museum of Chinese in America) conducted regarding the Chinese community in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Conducted between 1993 and 1994, the 38 tapes are approximately 90 minutes each in length and record interviews in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Interviewees include recent Chinese immigrants as well as people of Italian and Puerto Rican heritage who live in the neighborhood.
Total Size: 38 cassette tapes
APA-related Size: 38 cassette tapes
Languages of materials: English, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese Chinese.
Location: Brooklyn Historical Society
Bibliographic Control: finding aid
Finding Aid Link: http://brooklynhistory.org/library/wp/8th-avenue-sunset-park-oral-history/
Conditions Governing Access: Transcripts and audio recordings of the interviews are available to researchers in the Othmer Library. Restrictions may apply.