Oral History and Earthquake Survivors by Indira Chowdhury

November 18, 2015

English, Notes from the Field

Oral History and Earthquake Survivors by Indira Chowdhury, President of the International Oral History Association http://wp.me/p3XDT1-1dL

We are honored to have permission from Indira Chowdhury to share this essay, written originally as an address to students in Nepal. On 25 April 2015, the Gorkha earthquake destroyed the Madan Puraskar Pustaklalaya Archives (http://madanpuraskar.org). It had also disrupted the last day of a course on Oral History and Digital Archiving taught by Chowdhury, the current President of the International Oral History Association and the Oral History Association of India. We thank Chowdhury for contributing this evocative piece, which may hopefully provide us in the diverse fields connected to the history of science and technology of Asia with opportunities to reflect broadly upon our roles as supporters and beneficiaries of scholarship in and of Asia. Those wishing to learn about or contribute to the reconstruction of the MPP Archives in Nepal may visit this link. – Lisa Onaga

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