I was more excited than worried on working on the oral history. In the past, I had done something similar in another class and I really enjoyed it. I have found that I like interviewing people but also coming to enjoy writing about their life, so I was looking forward to doing an oral history.
We read a lot on oral histories before conducting the interviews. From examples to how to conduct an interview. We were even given handouts on sample questions that could be asked. The readings helped further define what an oral history is especially differentiating it from other interview methods. Some of the reading even gave us examples of an oral history, like Portelli and Hurston.
Conducting an oral history is different than a sociological interview. Though there are some similar process like making the interviewee feel comfortable but one difference I have learned is that it is important to have a pre-interview for an oral history and is not necessary needed for a sociological interview.
On interviewing Noor Sabrina Mah Hussin, I learned a lot about Malaysia. Sabrina has quite an interesting life, especially on her schooling and research. I find it very impressive that she has already presented her research to professionals.
I wasn’t originally going to Interview Sabrina but my previous person needed a translator and it was taking a long time to figure out a time for the three of us to meet. I ended up giving up scheduling a time and decided to interview someone else. At the time I thought of friends that would be interested. The very day I scratched my first plan I contacted Sabrina to see if she would be ok with me interviewing her for a class project, and to my delight she accepted. The very next night I interviewed her. Then a few weeks later I got a second interview with her, this time getting more details from the first interview. I’m grateful Noor Sabrina let me interview her. This oral history wouldn’t be possible without her.