Farina So believes in the power of oral history. Collecting and studying historical information through interviews with Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the three restive southern provinces of Thailand, for instance, can help officials in charge of reconciliation better understand the issues residents are facing. And So ought to know, because the 33-year-old heads the Cham Oral History Project at the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam).
Home visits are one way to connect with Cham communities.
The term oral history can include written, audio or videotaped interviews, she said, which record memories, stories and reflections that can assist people to get a clearer picture of an otherwise complex situation. The researcher said it was equally pivotal to engage the youth in this endeavour.
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