Uncle Toisan Premiere


Date & Time: 04/18/2009 [Saturday] 1 pm
Location: Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco, CA, 94108,

Chinese Culture Center is proud to sponsor “Uncle Toisan.”

“Uncle Toisan” features the unique experience of a Chinese American immigrant to the United States. His eyewitness account bridges the historical relevance of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the modern post-civil rights movement, and the emergence of present-day Asian American consciousness.

Uncle Toisan enters the country as a 17 year old “paper son” (immigrants who purchased legal immigration status as a “paper son” of an American citizen), then perseveres through a two-month detention at Angel Island Immigration Station on the eve of its closing in 1939.

He is then drafted in 1942 to serve in Europe during World War II, returning from the battlefield to face discrimination at home as a laborer in the restaurants and laundries of SF Chinatown. However witnesses and experiences the tremendous changes in Chinatown stemming from the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the final lifting of Exclusion, the growth of Asian American political empowerment and the changing demographics of California due to post Vietnam war rounds of immigration.

“Uncle Toisan” is a new performance by CHSA’s Artist-in-Residence Charlie Chin in the History Alive! storytelling series. It is generously supported by the Creative Connections Fund of the Jame Irvine Foundation, the California Story Fund of California Council for the Humanities, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.