Collection PR-1754 - Chinese women and work in B.C. collection

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Chinese women and work in B.C. collection

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  • sound recording

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  • Source of title proper: Supplied title based on the name of the research project.

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  • 1984 (Creation)
    Adilman, Tamara

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13 audio reels

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Biographical history

Tamara Adilman was a researcher associated with Simon Fraser University.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of oral history interviews with Chinese women about their experiences working in British Columbia from the 1920s to the 1950s. The interviews, with nine first-, second- or third-generation Chinese-Canadian women, were recorded in Vancouver, Victoria and New Westminster during the first half of 1984. The project focused on "women's work" (whether paid or unpaid), including work in the home and in family businesses. The interviews discuss the kind of work these women did; what they experienced; how they perceived their roles in the family and the Chinese community; and the legislative policies which affected their work and their lives. The interviewees are to remain anonymous, and should be referred to only by the assigned pseudonyms. In addition, two of the interviews are closed to public access.

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Tamara Adilman, April 1984.


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Reference cassette copies of the interviews are available.

Restrictions on access

The interviews with "May" (AAAB5757, T4126:0003-0004) and "Doris" (AAAB5759, T4126:0006) are CLOSED and may only be accessed with the interviewee's permission (through interviewer Tamara Adilman).
The remaining interviews are OPEN, but the interviewees must remain anonymous.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Any reference made to the interviewees must only be by the assigned pseudonyms, which must be identified as not being their real names.

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Item-level descriptions of the interviews are available online.

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Accession number(s): T4126


Sound recording originals may be in cool or cold storage.
The recordings has all been mastered to compact disc for preservation.

Accompanying material

All documentation files are CLOSED TO RESEARCHERS; however, the relevant public information can be viewed in the online descriptions.

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The original series description for this material was designated as AAAB5754.

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