The CDLC Fellowship Committee selected a proposal by LIS professors Dr. Clara Chu, Dr. Nora Bird, and Dr. Fatih Oguz entitled “Preserving Montagnard Refugee Cultural Heritage through Intergenerational Dialogue” as one of the four to be funded for 2013 in the amount of $3,000. This proposal seeks to understand and preserve the cultural heritage of a unique language community by collecting oral history from community elders and facilitating the intergenerational transmission of cultural priorities among the Montagnard population in North Carolina and beyond.
Not only will the communication between Montagnard elders and youth be beneficial to the participants, creating and sharing the resulting digital materials on the APRCH website will preserve the culture of this diverse language community and increase the project’s impact. Furthermore, this project builds on partnerships already established with the Montagnard community in our region, capitalizes on resources provided in kind by the LIS department, and focuses on an often underserved group.
The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) was founded by Professors Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Colleen Fairbanks, and Barbara Levin. Its goal is to promote innovative, relevant, and collaborative work in the areas of community-engaged research, outreach and advocacy, policy work, and professional development.