Assignment #3

 I was impressed by Katie’s transcription of our interview. She captured all of the um’s — which shows me how much I really do say “um” in conversation. I felt like my “voice” really came through since she stayed so close to what I actually said…I don’t feel like she cleaned anything up or ignored mistakes I made in my sentence structure, which I feel is a good thing in transcription. She did misspell the Koliopoulis family’s name, so I need to be sure to follow up on my own transcriptions and get proper noun spellings right. Finally, Katie included things such as [laughs] and [sighs] and [demonstrates] to explain the context behind what is being said, and I thought this was a very smart thing to do. Because of this, the reader will understand when there’s a part when I show Katie what a dog for sale looks like in China:  “I saw dog being hanged, like dog meat.  But like, I have a picture on my phone I think.  It’s like this dog and his head is like [demonstrates]. ” As embarassing as it is to find out that I tried to imitate a dead dog, I think Katie’s inclusion of the visual communication there was great.


The Williamsburg Documentary Project (WDP) strives to collect and preserve the rich past of Williamsburg, Virginia. By conducting oral history interviews, building physical and digital archives, and creating online exhibits, the WDP interprets Williamsburg’s recent past. The WDP works towards developing a better understanding of Williamsburg by bringing together individuals, local groups, Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William & Mary.

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