170 YEARS OF CHINESE OPERA THEATRE IN NORTH AMERICA
March 19, 2022, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
This talk traces the genealogy of Chinatown theaters in North America. Chinese migration in mid-19th century was accompanied by musicians as well as Chinese opera troupe. While they suffered from various forms of racial discrimination and violence throughout North America, they always had Chinese opera. We will consider the networks and migrations that made Chinese opera a part of North American cultures, as well as the two golden periods of Cantonese opera theater in the 170 years of its history in North America.
Note: This event will include a live musical performance by members of the UBC Chinese Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Gloria Wong Ngar-Yan, and brief remarks on the topic of music and Chinatown in Vancouver in the 1920s by UBC alumna Emily Liang.
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