What is the Purpose?
Preserve the collective history of Korean Americans
Many Korean Americans immigrated to the U.S. during the 1970’s or earlier and have personal first-hand experience of Japanese colonialism, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and many more valuable experiences that the current generation has never heard of. Our main goal is to collect and preserve the stories of the older generation who stories are at risk of being lost and also collect the stories of the current generation with history in the making.
Enable families to preserve the oral history of their own families
The Legacy Project encourages families to participate together and have family members interview each other, often bringing up memories they’ve never shared before. These recorded interviews will be sent to the family to keep for their own personal records.
Promote intergenerational dialogue
Many Korean American families experience cultural and linguistic gap which discourages intergenerational dialogue. We hope to break some of those obstacles to help each generation fully hear and understand each other’s stories.