SOHA Conference

March 31-April 3, 2011 in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA

Conference begins tomorrow!!

Tomorrow, Thursday 31 March is the first all-day computer lab workshop: Editing Digital Audio.

There are a few openings available. Arrive straight to the DISKovery Center in plenty of time to take care of your registration and get situated before our 9 am sharp begin time.

The DISKovery Center is located at 353 E. First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
(see the panorama photo above? DISKovery center is across the street from the red tower at the end of the Japanese Village Plaza)

If you are planning to attend with a walk-in registration, please leave a comment to this post, so we know to expect you.


SOHA Conference Info at-a-glance

Little Tokyo
Registration is now open for the Southwest Oral History Association Conference, to be held March 31-April 3, 2011 in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

About Little Tokyo, Los Angeles: Meeting at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in the Little Tokyo area of Downtown, attendees will be close to Chinatown, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument and City Hall among other historical sites. Los Angeles, as a center of commerce, history, culture and entertainment offers the perfect location for our fortieth anniversary conference. Founded by a multi-racial group of pobladores in 1781, the city is even more richly diverse today.

Panel Presentations: Presentations from throughout our Southwest region and beyond will focus on our theme of Visualizing Oral History…Final Cuts, Many Uses. Many of the sessions and workshops will be geared towards helping attendees learn how oral histories become final products and reach multiple audiences.

Computer Lab Workshops: Also in keeping with the theme we will offer workshops at the DISKovery Center (a computer lab) providing hands-on instruction in processing digital audio and digital video to process oral histories and create final products.

Workshops: Our popular Introductory Oral History Workshop will be offered at the Centenary United Methodist Church. Six additional workshops round out our offering: self-publishing hardbound books, from transcript to script to performance, the well-recorded interview (audio equipment and much more), the summary method as an alternative to transcript, and two project management workshops: from principles of project management to managing a community oral history project.

Friday Opening Program: Meet other conference attendees and watch the screening of the Oscar-nominated film, “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” plus two other short-short films about Japanese Americans in WWII. Filmmakers will be available for discussion.

Conference Hotel: The Miyako Hotel Los Angeles, 328 E. 1st Street, Los Angles, CA 90012 (213-617-2000) offers a terrific rate of $99 on executive rooms for out-of-town attendees. You may upgrade to an executive room at no additional charge.
Send an email to [ kumi at miyakola dot com ]
Subject line: Attn: SOHA reservation
In the body of your message, include your name as it appears on credit card, dates of arrival and departure, your contact phone # and instructions for them to call you to take credit card number. The reservation desk will call back, and you can finalize the transaction.

A tour presented by the Little Tokyo Historical Society will explore the city’s historic origins. We will also provide information for those attendees who wish to explore the City of the Angels on their own.

Conference Info at-a-glance

Conference Dates: March 31 – April 3, 2011
Conference Registration Fees: (Friday night, Saturday, Sunday)

  • $95 SOHA Members
  • $125 non-SOHA Members
  • $45 Student with ID

Workshop Fees: (Thursday, Friday day) range from $30 – $125 /workshop
How to Register:Download, print and mail or register online (+small fee).
Conference Venues:

  • DISKovery Center (Computer Lab workshops on Thursday, March 31 and Friday April 1)
    353 E. First Street, Los Angeles CA 90012
  • Centenary United Methodist Church (Friday, April 1 for workshops and opening reception/film)
    300 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90013
  • Japanese American Cultural Community Center (Saturday, April 2)
    244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 505, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Miyako Hotel (Sunday, April 3)
    328 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

SOHA Membership Dues are $25/year for individuals. Join now to receive best conference rate.

Map of Conference area in Little Tokyo

All the events of the conference take place in Little Tokyo, in downtown Los Angeles.

A Metro Gold Line stop is close by.

Little Tokyo is near City Hall and the Arts District. Nearby: Olvera Street, Chinatown, the Fashion District, Flower District, Jewelry District and the renovated old Financial District.

The conference venues are all in walking distance to each other.