History is events that happened in the past. Historians are people who study and writes about history. There are different types of historians that study different topics such as political history, diplomatic history, social history, cultural history, economic history and intellectual history. These different topics overlap with each other in some parts like political and economic history (about money). Historians collect primary and secondary information and also research information for investigating and recording different types of information and aspects. Then historians write and analyze the information they have collected.
For the generations project, I acted as a historian, looking at three different generations in my family. At the start of the process, I collected primary and secondary information. I found pictures of when my mother and I was smaller. I also found many secondary information on the internet about the World War II, Japan’s post-war economic miracle, technology, etc. I also interviewed my grandmother, mother and myself to collect more information. Then I decided to do a ‘draw my life’ styled video to make the presentation more entertaining and easy to understand so I had to record myself drawing. Then I had to add my voice recording so people actually hear what I am trying to say as well as visuals.
There were challenges that I faced through the process of the project as I worked as a historian. A challenge was collecting information. It was hard to find a time to interview with my mother because she is busy. Even more my grandmother because she can’t send e-mails or I can’t meet her so I had to call her which took time to find a time and reach her. Another challenge was deciding how to present. This process was hard because I had to find a way to give people information but in an entertaining and understanding way so people would actually listen and concentrate on what I am saying. Drawing the actual things was also a challenge because I am not a very good artist. Although it was difficult and my drawing weren’t very good, I feel that it was a success because people understood and enjoyed what I drew.
Technology changed the way history is recorded and remembered because millions of different people can post any kind of history and everyone would be able to see it. This makes it easier for us to find information that we need without going to the library and finding a book on it because we can just search it on the internet and it’ll come up. Although it is easy, it makes it less reliable because we don’t know who is posting what and if it is actually true. When it was in books, people had to go through the publication process and there were people who actually checked the information. On the internet, there isn’t a person that goes to all the websites and checks which makes it harder for us to know if the information we are looking at is actually true or not.