Online Archive of Oral History Collections: "Reconceptualizing the Cold War: On-the-ground Experiences in Asia"

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Reconceptualizing the Cold War: On-the-ground Experiences in Asia

I'm pleased to announce the soft launch of an online archive of oral history collections concerning the Cold War and decolonization in Asia. We started this project in 2019 and have collected more than 300 oral history interviews across Asia. Currently, we have uploaded more than 100 oral history interview transcripts in English translation (as well as the original languages, in some cases). We will upload the rest in the coming months.

Our website's collections include:  

  • "Reconsidering the Naxalite Movement in Kerala, India"
  • "Living under Martial Law in the Philippines"
  • "Everyday Encounters with the Hukbalahap, 1942-1954"
  • "The 1965 Indonesian Massacre"
  • "Reconsidering the Malaysian Left and Labor, 1960s-1970s"
  • "The Khmer Rouge and Its Legacies"
  • "Vietnamese Culture and Nationalism"

Documents can be found through

  1. "Featured Collections" (Thematic Search)
  2. "Search Map" (Geographical Search)
  3. "Search Archive" (Keyword Search)
  4. Documents can also be read through "Recently Added."

Each interview includes a summary and full transcript. We have also added discussion questions for each interview transcript to promote the use of this database in the classroom. We hope that our collections will be useful for your research and teaching!

Kindly contact me if you have any inquiries or wish to contribute to our project.

Masuda Hajimu, PhD
Department of History
National University of Singapore (NUS)

Thank you for using this oral history archive. We're looking forward to having new contributors and new projects.