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Little girls selling bracelets to travelers
In this recording, you can hear young girls selling handmade bracelets- they repeat the same phrase in English over and over again. This is common in Angkor Wat, where at every temple, children and adults are selling everything from crafts to food to drinks...
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Imam prays at Malaysian wedding
I lived with a Malaysian family for about two weeks. They invited me, a complete stranger to live in their house and attend their son's wedding. The wedding lasted for two days, and took place at both the groom's house and the bride's. Each family was responsible...
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Kathmandu religious ceremony
While exploring Kathmandu, Nepal, I encountered a religious ceremony being held in one of its many city squares. Lots of families were gathered in the open square, laying out offerings of rice and fruits. This was not the kind of ceremony where everyone was...
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Malaysian Muslim wedding ceremony
I lived with a Malaysian family for about two weeks. They invited me, a complete stranger to live in their house and attend their son's wedding. The wedding lasted for two days, and took place at both the groom's house and the bride's. Each family was responsible...
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An uncle interviews his young niece in Bahasa Malay
When a Malaysian family invited me to stay with them and come to their son's wedding, I accepted. For almost two weeks, I slept with them in the large family room area, sat at their table and ate with my hands (as is typical with some Malay food), and tried...
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Kathmandu street music
You can expect the unexpected in Nepal, specifically Kathmandu. Since it is the capital in a country where Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism are both major religions, you never know what temple or religious ceremony you might see, and for the unexperienced Western...
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Eva B. Hopkins oral history excerpt
Eva B. Hopkins was born in 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina and began working in Mercury Cotton Mill full time in 1932 at age 14 to support her father, who had tuberculosis. Like many mill workers, her family had left their small farm in the mountains of...
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Sounds from a chicken coop
I lived with a Malaysian family for about two weeks. They invited me, a complete stranger to live in their house and attend their son's wedding. The family lived in a simple 3 bedroom house, they owned one car and a few mopeds, and they had a large yard which...
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Nepali folk song
It seemed that many Nepalis liked to sing traditional songs. In this recording, you can hear Tej, a local Pashupatinath singing a song with many different verses. You might also hear me talking with another Pashupatinath guide, Ajit. At one point, I interrupt...
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Vietnamese woman sings to child
During a multi-day tour of Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island tourists are often herded from bus to motorboat to bus to paddle boat to hiking and back to the bus. I recorded this song, which I consider a lullaby, on a boat ride up the river to a swimming hole. You...
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Kathmandu neighborhood children sing
Diwali is the "festival of lights" that is celebrated by Hindus in either October or November. Like Christmas or Thanksgiving, this is a time to enjoy with families and friends. The holiday also celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and is associated with...
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Pashupatinath child
In this recording, you can hear Kumar, a 12-year-old child I happened to meet while resting near a Hindu temple and bridge on my way to Pashupatinath. The child and his friend approached me, presumably to practice his English. He was kind enough to let me...
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Pashupatinath tour: Temples, Hindu religion and cricket
In this recording, Ajit introduces himself, and begins his tour of the various temples and sites in Pashupatinath. He starts with a description of a Hindu temple of Kali, a wife of Shiva. He describes animal sacrifices that were considered necessary to keep...
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Hiking near the Himalayas: Mules and kids
Trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal is not like trekking on the Appalachian Trail. Nor is it the same as climbing Mount Everest. Most tourists take certain routes, either to Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, or a shorter route along the same trail. The...
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Vietnamese woman selling
Many tourists in Vietnam take a tour through what was the DMZ, or demilitarized zone, during the Vietnam War. This one-day bus tour visits sights such as Khe San Air Force Base, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and the Vin Moc Tunnels. Where there are tourists,...
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Hiking near the Himalayas: Meeting Sirimaya
Trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal is not like trekking on the Appalachian Trail. Nor is it the same as climbing Mount Everest. Most tourists take certain routes, either to Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, or a shorter route along the same trail. The...
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Life in a fishing village
This was recorded on an island called Koh Sukorn, off the southeastern coast of Thailand. At first you hear the sound of me walking and the ocean. The fisherman here operate individually with their own motorboats and nets. You can hear one fisherman calling...
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Political theories about suffrage
In this oral history excerpt, Rosamonde Boyd and her interviewer share some of their theories as to why women achieved suffrage in 1920. In their conversation they discuss that some women were too disinterested or lethargic to press for suffrage. They also...
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Vietnamese family: Young girl sings
In this excerpt, I record introductions with a Vietnamese family who entertained me and a friend during Tet, or Vietnamese New Year. Some of the conversation is in Vietnamese. At first, we are getting introductions, and they are discussing names for raisins...
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Harriet Love on integration
In this 1998 oral history excerpt, Love speaks about the motivations people had for supporting integration and starts off with an insightful response. She then goes on to describe many more subtle effects of integration such as the challenged to teachers and...
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