Charlie Chin—master storyteller, historian, author and musician—will tell the story of the Chinese in America from 1849 to the present through songs and stories.
Charlie has been involved in Chinese American studies since 1970; in 1989 he received a Community Scholar certificate for his work. He retired from his position as historian from the Chinese Historical Society of America, San Francisco, in 2017.
Charlie's interest in Chinese American history led him to collect oral history and family stories from the old timers of Chinatown. He studied with the late storytelling master, Leong Chi Ming of Toishan, China, and specializes in the "Teahouse Style" of classical Chinese storytelling. He has presented at organizations such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. In addition, Charlie has been a frequently featured teller at the Sierra Storytelling Festival in California, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Utah and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Continuing his role as an active storyteller, Charlie leads regular walking tours and docent training workshops in San Francisco's Chinatown.
In addition to performing live, Charlie has published several children's books, including China's Bravest Girl (1992) and Clever Bird (1996) and several of his plays, including A.B.C., American Born Chinese (1983), The Last Spirit Boxer (1992) and Hawaiian Sweethearts (2001), have been produced in Boston, New York City and San Francisco.
Need a ride?
The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors to all Community Tuesday lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741.
Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Tuesday, December 18
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$15 or one punch of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
No registration required. Pay at the door.
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]