Des Moines Oral Histories

A Collaborative Project Between Community Members and Drake University Students

Vincent Wang

I met Vincent at the beginning of my freshman year because we had a few mutual friends that lived in my dorm complex. At the time, I was in the process of figuring out where to study abroad, and Vincent was an invaluable source when it came to deciding a location. I also found out a lot about Vincent and where he use to live when he was in high school and growing up.

Vincent graduating!

Vincent graduating!

When I asked Vincent to help me with this project his response was immediate and he has been a great friend to me ever since. In this oral history I will attempt to outline the life of Vincent in Taiwan and how his experiences shaped him.

Included is an outline of his early life within the school system, his family life, and then his experiences in his teen years. We also looked at a comparison between his experiences in the United States and the Asian Pacific South.

Now let’s  Meet Vincent!

3 Comments

  1. Megan, you were able to capture such an interesting story and Vincent’s personality really shines through. I think one of your biggest strengths was the way you nested everything. I really appreciate the parent pages with a brief description on whats to follow. I also like all of the photos you’ve included, I think they are a very nice touch. You’ve really transformed everything since I saw your first transcript and I think everything looks pretty cohesive. Just as a reminder make sure to include links to the following page. Three major things to keep an eye on are: readability, length of pages, and the starting and stoping of stories. Sometimes sentences got a little choppy or confusing, so go through and make sure every sentence makes sense. Pages were also a little long, I think the number of sentences per paragraph was perfect, so maybe consider adding more photos or block quotes to break everything up. And finally, sometimes Vincent starts a story but doesn’t complete it. For example in the Individualism vs Unity section Vincent starts a story about his finance class at Drake but doesn’t complete, so I don’t know if you want to include that or not. Overall I think everything looks really good and I enjoyed reading it! I can’t wait to see the final product!

  2. Megan!
    I loved your oral history! I think you captured Vincent’s story well and did a great job with your writing! Your pages are very pleasing to the eye- not all over the place with things. You also nested your pages very well.
    I liked the personal touch that using his real photos seem to add.
    Overall you did a great job and i’m excited to hear your presentation tomorrow.

  3. Lourdes Gutierrez Najera

    December 16, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Megan,
    I think that this really looks great. You’ve done a nice job conceptualizing Vincent’s story. I like the ways you’ve framed your different sections. I think it provides cohesion. Your organization is superb. In terms of revision/improvement here are my three suggestions 1) The sections are very long. Try to embed pictures from the web, if not personal that match the topic. Other options would include sound, video, or text boxes. There are pages where you only have text. 2) Some of the text remains a bit choppy. Edit it to make it smoother. 3) you need to link the resource pages at the bottom.

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