Charlie Chin In Concert June 2, 1979 (CD)
Charlie Chin in Concert
June 2, 1979
Chinese Cultural Center
San Francisco, California
From inside CD cover:
Thoughts by Charlie Chin:
The concert you're talking about was in 1979. That's 40 years ago.
In 1979 we were coming out of the sixties and early seventies. Most of the far left radicals had calmed down once they began to realize that the "revolution" was not going to happen anytime soon. The eternal question of "What is Asian America? What is Asian American art, literature, music?" etc., was then, and even now, a matter that was never settled to everybody's satisfaction.
The term Asian American was used once to bridge the gap between Japanese and Chinese Americans in a post-World War II United States. It was barely elastic enough to work then, and with the post-79 wave of Asians and South Asians, there's no question it is found wanting now. The songs and spoken pieces of the concert are just a snapshot of what was already passing.
- Dig for the Gold
- I've Been Working on the Railroad*
- The Foolish Old Man Who Removed the Mountains**
- Grandfather (spoken)
- Farewell to Whiskey
- Manuel (He's Coming Home)
- The Magic
- My Babe
- Koroda Bushi***
- I Was Made for You, You Were Made for Me
- Mott Street on Sunday
- I'm an ABC from NYC (spoken)
- Only Chinaman in Great Falls, Montana Blues
- Down on the Street
- A Beautiful Day
- Sister of the Bride****
*American folk song with additional verse by Chris Kando Iijimi.
**Written by Chris Kando Iijima and Joanna Nobuko Miyamoto.
***Traditional Minyo shakuhachi song
****Studio performance at KPFA public radio station with Chris Kando Iijima and Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto.
See accompanying CD Philip Kan Gotanda Featuring David Henry Hwang