In week 7, my projects managed to meet. The teen program we’re working with watched a 35 minute excerpt of THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT documentary I’m working on the community resource kit for. They got to meet April and Sara from the NPS and did some discussion activities concerning what it means to be American. They also got to talk to April and Sara about their jobs in NPS, so there’s a future career path that many had never thought about there.
Week 8 meant the start of filming for the teens. We went out to meet with interviewees and got B-roll footage.
One other thing that I got to do was go through the Mount Hope directory. CHSNE actually started because of a project to beautify the Chinese Burial Grounds at Mount Hope cemetery. The group that went to clean up the area realized that something needed to be done. So with the help of students affiliated with Asian American Studies (specifically the CAPAY program), they documented each grave and scoured government records to create a directory.
I got a call about finding a grave, so I went into the files and managed to find it easily thanks to the nicely organized directory.