Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Nancy Dare, February 18, 2005

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Education and Peace Corps training

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Partial Transcript: This is, um, Friday, February 18th, and we are interviewing Nancy--it's Angene Wilson interviewing Nancy Dare about her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Segment Synopsis: Dare was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She went to University of Tulsa for a year, then Philips University, then transferred to the University of Kentucky where she graduated with a degree in history focused on Europe. She was inspired by the president to join Peace Corps. The FBI interviewed her. She was invited to go to Malaysia. She was trained in Hawaii for three months, with language, cultural, and physical training, including swimming. She discusses the evaluation process for picking volunteers.

Keywords: East/West Center; Marriage.; Swimming.; Training

Subjects: Cultural awareness.; Education, Higher.; Europe.; Hawaii; History.; Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.; Language learning and language teaching; Malay language.; Malaysia.; Occupational training.; Peace Corps (U.S.); Phillips University (Enid, Okla.); Physical education and training.; Political science.; Saint Louis (Mo.); Singapore.; United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.; University of Kentucky; University of Tulsa; Women in higher education.; Women volunteers; Women--Education (Higher)

00:12:45 - Arriving in Malaysia and daily life

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Partial Transcript: So you got to Malaysia in what, January sixty--?

Segment Synopsis: Dare spent a couple weeks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when she first arrived and then spent another couple weeks in Singapore. She describes the boat trip to her location. She discusses the connections between the people she met there and the U.S. Dare describes where she lived and how they ate. She mentions how the school would conduct its exercises. After class, she cooked, but the locals thought it was weird. She discusses her social interactions with the people she met.

Keywords: Books.; Exercise.; Homestay; Methodist; Rajang River

Subjects: Adjustment (Psychology); Boats and boating.; Chinese; Cooking.; Culture shock; Education.; Food habits.; Friendship.; Intergroup relations.; Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Lifestyles.; Malaysia.; Manners and customs.; Marriage.; Peace Corps (U.S.); Physical education and training.; Rivers; Schools.; Singapore.; Social interaction.; Students.; Teachers.

00:28:53 - Teaching, recreation, and social interaction

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Partial Transcript: What, uh, what about teaching, what was that like?

Segment Synopsis: Dare discusses her teaching experience. The school was named Winston-Salem. She took on the English classes for the upper grades and supervised the lower grade English classes. She discusses her recreational travel using Malaysian Airlines. She would also read and go for walks and go to conferences. She mentions interacting with an Australian man with a yacht as well as her interactions with missionaries. She further discusses her interactions with host country nationals. She describes a class of eight blind children, as well as the native longhouses. Dare briefly discusses the Gurkhas and Singapore.

Keywords: Longhouses; Mainstreaming; Reading.; Walking.; Yachts.

Subjects: Blind children; Blindness.; Boats and boating.; Children with disabilities.; Chinese; Chinese New Year.; Disabilities.; Friendship.; Gorkha (South Asian people); Hong Kong (China); Iban language; Intergroup relations.; Japan.; Kuching (Sarawak, Malaysia); Logging.; Mainstreaming in education.; Malaysia Airlines; Malaysia.; Manila (Philippines); Meetings.; Missionaries; Peace Corps (U.S.); Ramadan.; Recreation.; Schools.; Singapore.; Social interaction.; Teachers.; Teaching.; Thailand.; Travel.; Women teachers.; Women volunteers

00:44:22 - Returning home / Impact of Peace Corps

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Partial Transcript: What was it like to come home?

Segment Synopsis: Dare discusses the return home. They met a lot of return Peace Corps volunteers. She worked at the university. She doesn't think she personally had a big impact on others in Malaysia, but it had a big impact on her. Her children are adopted and biracial and she thinks this is because of the impact of Peace Corps on her. She discusses her family's reaction to her time in Peace Corps. Her husband finished library school and she works in a library. Peace Corps made her skeptical of the news and more empathetic towards others in the world. She thinks Peace Corps puts a better face on the U.S. She discusses her experience with blind children.

Keywords: Braille; Drinking water.; Empathy.; Homestay; Logging.

Subjects: Adoption.; Blind children; Blindness.; Children with disabilities.; Chinese; Cross cultural communication; Cultural awareness.; Disabilities.; Families.; Globalization.; Intercultural communication.; Interracial adoption; Islam.; Kentucky.; Library science.; Lifestyles.; Mainstreaming in education.; Malays (Asian people); Malaysia.; Manners and customs.; Marriage.; Peace Corps (U.S.); Skepticism.; Stereotypes (Social psychology); Students, Foreign.; Travel.; University of Kentucky; Voluntarism.; Women employees; Women volunteers; Women--Employment.