Canadian International School student Amy Kang Ryoon-wha was shocked to hear the ordeal Lee Young-lak, 86, endured in Korea during the second world war. She had her white clothes sprayed with black ink, was forced to learn Japanese and given a Japanese name. 'Ordinary people didn't have anything to do with the war. There should be no more war,' said Amy, herself a Korean. Amy, who interviewed Ms Lee, the owner of a Korean restaurant in Hong Kong, was one of 27 students from the school who this week received a certificate from the University of Hong Kong for participating in an oral history project that involved interviewing survivors of the war. The interviews, which will be archived at HKU, marked the beginning of a 10-year collaboration between the school and the university to make records of the war. To polish the quality of future interviews, HKU academics deliver lectures and help students with interviewing skills. Chan So-wah, 83, was very happy about sharing her war experiences with her grandson Brian Luk, a former Canadian International School student who now attends South Island School. Her memories included physical relocations and narrow escapes from bombing. History teacher Bruce MacNamara, who came up with the idea for the project, wanted students to learn that history was not locked in textbooks and old photographs. 'It can also come from the mouths of people we know. I also hope students will understand that experiences which people live through help to form their values and actions,' he said. HKU history department chairman Peter Cunich said some archived material had been professionally collated while some consisted of interesting stories. 'We have lots of documents produced by the government and leaders. What we've always lacked are localised and personal stories.' he said. 'We need to make history more accessible for it to have a role in modern society.'