Inspired by the fact that Michele Jaquis’ Russian great-grandfather gained his US citizenship after serving in the US Army and her Austrian (or Russian, or Latvian - depending on who is telling the story) great-grandmother entered the US on fake passport, Michele has been recording conversations about how family stories are passed down from generation to generation and what it means to be American in the contexts of multiculturalism, immigration, military service, black lives matter, white privilege, and indigeneity.
Open to all with an interest in sharing stories about how their families became Americans, participants will engage and utilize the art of conversation and learn the basics of audio recording with professional digital recorders and smartphones.
A series of conversations will be recorded that will contribute to an ongoing collection and future podcast series. Participants will leave with an mp3 file of their own recording and gain access to the whole collection online.
Jung Jing Road is a pedestrian street between Broadway and Hill in Chinatown, near the Bruce Lee Statue. Sign next to studio door says JJQAD.
- Image Credit: graphic design by Milly JC. Designs (http://millyjcdesigns.com/) We Are Americans Oral History Project