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A Riot of Voices: Racial and Ethnic Variables in Interactive Oral History Interviewing Arthur A. Hansen

When invited to write this chapter exploring how race and ethnicity intertwine the relationship between oral history interviewers and narrators, I was delighted yet unnerved. Having transacted interviews for nearly two decades within one racialethnic group, Japanese Americans, I naturally was pleased to reflect upon that experience. I found daunting, however, the prospect of extrapolating generic truths about the interviewer-narrator relationship in cross-cultural interviews from my particular interactions with Nikkei (Americans of Japanese ancestry).