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Sneak peak of Daniel Clarkson Fisher's work for DocNow 2019! ⠀ ⠀ The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project (CJOHP.org) is a web-based, audiovisual archive that seeks to tell the story of the Chinese Jamaican community in Toronto, while also underscoring the wide range of their individual experiences. As both a website and gallery exhibition, the project accomplishes this by carefully weaving together audio-recorded oral histories, still portraits, interactive elements, and other materials provided by the narrators.⠀ ⠀ @danielclarksonfisher
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I’ve just received word that my proposal was accepted, and I’ll be presenting at the 6th Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice at Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling!
The subject will be my M.F.A. thesis project: The Chinese Jamaican Oral History Project (CJOHP.org). I’ll also discuss the major ethical challenge of representation in my research-creation. “As a white man who has married into the community, but is not of it, I am approaching this subject as an outsider,” I say in the proposal. “As such, I have had to devise strategies that reflect my affinity with [oral historian] Jan L. Peterson, who has said that ‘in terms of White researchers researching across differences, letting go of prior notions of who and what defines research; questioning choices that are made regarding research design and analysis; and interrogating White privilege, biases, and assumptions we bring to the process are all critical to transformational research that seeks to improve human conditions.'” 
I’ll present with other emerging scholars in Montreal on March 22nd. For more information about the symposium, visit this page on the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling’s official website.
- Jan L. Peterson, “The Intersection of Oral History and the Role of White Researchers in Cross-Cultural Contexts,” Educational Foundations 22, nos. 3-4: 50.