Feb. 24 — The solo performance “Uncle Toisan” by Charlie Chin features a Chinese American immigrant’s unique life in the United States. Highlighting the Chinese Exclusion Act, Angel Island, World War II, and the civil rights movement, this Chatauqua-style event is a powerful, affecting, and educational experience for all audiences. The premise of the story is Uncle Toisan playing the Chinese two-stringed fiddle called the erhu on the street in Chinatown to make a few extra dollars to supplement his retirement in a small apartment he shares with his nephew’s family who recently immigrated from the People’s Republic of China. It is the early 1990s and Uncle Toisan is in his late 70s. A group of students from a UC Berkeley Asian American Studies Class on a walking tour stops to talk to him, inspiring him to share his story.
Charlie Chin is a musician, author, historian, and classically-trained storyteller who has been performing, writing, and teaching for more than 30 years. Chin’s concerts, solo theatre, and presentations contain songs, stories, and monologues that use humor, wit, and insight to celebrate the Chinese American experience from the Gold Rush of California to the arriving immigrants of today. In 1989, the Smithsonian Institute presented him with the “Community Folklore Scholar Certificate” in recognition of his work in Asian American Studies. He is a frequent consultant on Asian American communities for the Smithsonian Office of Folk Life and Folkways and is a member of the American Folklore Society.
There is one performance only at 7 p.m. Tickets (including $2.50 handling fee): $25 Adults / $23 Senior & Students / $20 Subscribers. Call Box Office at (310) 781-7171. For information, call (310) 618-6342 or visit www.TorranceLive.us
The 2010 Works in Progress series Enduring Spirit commemorates the 45th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act with a focus on stories of Chinese Americans.