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Peace Corps Volunteers on Perceptions of Americans

African American Peace Corps volunteer Richard Campbell and Japanese American volunteer Shunpei Igushi talk about how they have experienced perceptions and generalized ideas of Americans during their service.

Video edited by Aurelie Beatley.

Comments
  • Phil Tajitsu Nash

    I am glad that the Festival is highlighting the diversity of Peace Corps Volunteers and the diversity of experiences they have faced. It was fascinating to hear about how the Volunteers had their own personal identities shaped, in part, by the perceptions of people in their host countries.

    • http://folk1a.si.edu Sojin Kim

      Hi Phil–thanks for your comment. It was a really interesting panel, and it brought to mind the fine work that you and your students and colleagues have been doing at the University of Maryland to document the experiences of Asian Pacific American Peace Corps volunteers. For anyone interested in more information about this project, check out: http://aast.umd.edu/oralhistories.html