Asian-American Oral History Project
History Partnerships. $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for partnerships involving multiple organizations, which may include the
Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.
Partner: Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
Many immigrant communities have few documents or artifacts that preserve and tell their stories of arrival, settlement and adjustment to life in Minnesota. Oral history is the best way to preserve this important history and to ensure that it becomes part of Minnesota's historical record. In this project, Minnesota Historical Society staff conducted interviews with members of the Laotian, Korean, Karen, Filipino, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian and Pacific Islander communities in Baudette, Warroad, Worthington, St. Cloud and Rochester, as well as in the Twin Cities. The interviews serve as resources for teachers and students and will be available on the Society's website, "Becoming Minnesotan: Stories of Recent Immigrants and Refugees" education.mnhs.org/immigration. The site features people who comment with authority on their community's composition, challenges, achievements and contribution to Minnesota's cultural landscape.