Research Method on Community Heritage Workshop

Research Method on Community Heritage Workshop

On 5 March 2016, Ming-Ai’s staff and volunteers had the opportunity to spend a day with Dr Diana Yeh on a training workshop – Research Method on Community Heritage Workshop at Regent’s University London. Dr Yeh is a researcher, published author (“The Happy Hsiungs: Performing China and the Struggle for Modernity”, 2014), and a lecturer in Sociology, Culture and the Creative Industries at City University, London. Her research including ‘race’, ethnicity and migration, Chinese and East Asians in Britain, identity, culture, citizenship and the politics of belonging and more.  

The workshop included Dr Yeh’s presentation on Research Methodologies and Research Methods, followed by group discussion and practice on conducting oral history interview. Dr Yeh introduced the theories underpinning the practice of research and specific research techniques used in the practice of research. She also introduced the history of early research on the Chinese in Britain and explained the importance of the Ming Ai project.

The attendants learned how to do conduct social research, how to construct oral history interview questions, how to collect sources and archives. The workshop has been very interesting, interactive, educational and beneficial for Ming-Ai’s staff and volunteers to work on the current British Chinese Armed Forces Heritage project as well as any future project.