Item 20.15-45 - Charlayne Thornton-Joe

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Charlayne Thornton-Joe

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CA JMABC A.1971.001-20.15-45

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  • November 04, 2015 (Creation)

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Born-digital audio (36:28)

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Oral interview with Charlayne Thornton-Joe. Interviewed by Alissa Cartwright for University of Victoria Public History class project.

Interview is about the desecration of the Emanu-El cemetary in Victoria in 2011; explores how the community reacted to this event and the role of historians in preserving historic sites such as this.

In the interview, Charlayne Thornton-Joe describes her initial reaction to hearing about the desecration; her memories of the vigil; her caretaking role at the Chinese cemetery on Harling Point in Victoria; her work with the Intercultural Association, which included leading cemetery walks in Victoria; her own personal experiences with racism and with anti-racism work; her thoughts on the importance of cemeteries; and her opinions on what historians can do to respond to instances of historical desecration.

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Name of interviewer: Alissa Cartwright

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Interview place: Victoria, BC

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Format: MP3 original

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