The Asian American Oral History Collective is a group of Asian-American artists and organizers dedicated to the use of oral history to share the stories of Asian-American communities that are often untold or hidden. Our oral history project are in support of and collaboration with social movements. As artists who work across many mediums, including video/film, visual art, performance and music, our goals are to create an accessible way of sharing the oral histories of low-income and marginalized communities and community members. We aim to share these oral histories through a range of storytelling media and to create spaces of discussion and conversation around issues central to Asian-American communities across New York City.

There are several distinct projects within the collective, and they include:

  • Bridging Across Generations with Oral History: A Collaborative Theatre Project (Korean American stories)
  • Chinatown Tenant Stories (featuring the experiences of low-income tenants in Manhattan’s Chinatown)
  • When Does Radiation Change Me? – Stories from Fukushima Nuclear Disaster




  • We hold studies and public trainings in oral history methods.
  • We organize art and performance workshops for the public and for members.
  • We take part in public forum, conferences and events to present our projects.
  • We meet on a monthly basis to workshop our ongoing projects and plan upcoming events and workshops.


  • SY Choung
  • Sukjong Hong
  • Danny Kim
  • ManSee Kong
  • Yuko Tonohira
  • Yuriko Yamaki


Our projects are made possible in part with support from: 

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Manhattan Community Arts Fund
The Queens Council on the Arts, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
Individual Donors

And thank you to our fiscal sponsors:
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
Third World Newsreel

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