After seeing everyone’s presentations, I’ve felt refreshed by the power of community, of research, and our archiving. Although not everyone’s project is an archive/timeline  necessarily, each project is an installment of a moment of time, capturing ideas and media of that time. I know I was inspired to do my own project based on the Laura Wexler and Lauren Tilton talk back in October—“Image, Archive and Event.” While I was at this talk, I was really impressed by the different technologies used for archiving. However, I didn’t realize how powerful archiving as a tool is until recently.

I was talking to other students about histories of violence against POC on the Claremont Colleges, and it was necessary to look at the documented history to get a more accurate understanding of the struggles that have occurred on these campuses. Without archives, no one would know about a lot of the violence that has occurred. This is why I feel empowered and proud to view others’ work—we’re archiving the now. And others will look back and be happy to have this resource as a place of learning.

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2 responses »

  1. jivikar says:

    Yup! That’s exactly why Alexander, Bobby and I have decided to keep our project going ourselves for now, and then maybe find other people who would be willing to take over as curators later on. I think your project really speaks to the solidarity Asian Americans have shown towards social change movements both historically as well as now, and that is an important message to put out there, which is why I recommended you collaborate with the AARC / other API resource centers on campus so you can keep the dialogue going, and base that dialogue on historical fact. Partnering up with these more “formal institutions” could spread your message more effectively and hopefully reach an audience that needs to be reached.

  2. gabrielledas says:

    Archiving is a direct solution to the old saying, “History repeats itself.” It doesn’t have to repeat itself if we are avid lookers and learners of our past. I think Sounds of Change particularly encapsulates this idea of showing the lack of change in the narrative since the Civil Rights Movement as a way of inspiring people to make that difference.

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