Everyone has a story

Don’t let the cartoons throw you off – this is a real life interview and worth every minute of your time (watch all the way to the end).

“Kay Wang was a strong-willed grandmother who was reluctantly taken to a StoryCorps* booth by her son and granddaughter. Though Kay resisted, she still had stories to tell—from disobeying her mother and rebuffing suitors while growing up in China to late-life adventures as a detective for Bloomingdale’s department store.”

“Kay passed away just weeks after that interview, and her son and granddaughter returned to StoryCorps to remember her gentler side, which she kept to herself.”

“Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind . . . “

You can donate to this incredible project and find out where recordings are made, click here for the StoryCorps website.

9 comments on “Everyone has a story

  1. after losing my mother and now my father is 82, seeing things like this mean a lot. I was so very happy it had captions! And they were right!! thank you for sharing! xo


  2. I didn’t know about Story Corp, but about 4 years ago, a group of professionals came to the residence where my mom lives. They asked my mom many questions about her life. I helped her navigate her answers, making sure not to impose my thoughts, but nudging her to recall as much as she could. She talked about her childhood and the community where she grew up. She talked about being a young mother and growing her family, how she and dad made choices by compromising. I was surprised by some of the things she said, parts of her life I didn’t know about. It was a lovely afternoon and I have the CD to share with my children and grands. Mom would not be able to answer the same questions today. Her memory is too sparse. This interview with Chen and Cheng and Old Grandmother is such a treasure. The laughter they shared, the hiccup of emotion as her son tells about talking with her spirit – poignant.
    You post such charming life slices. I have a name for your forthcoming book. We’ll talk next time I see you.
    Happy Mother’s Day, Judy.


    • Shari B-P,
      What a wonderful treasure to have part of your mother’s story on CD. When I heard this interview I just loved it – funny and moving.

      When you also get the content to match the name of my forthcoming book Shari I’d be happy to edit it!


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