In 1979, the Japantown Art and Media Workshop (JAM) put on a concert featuring Charlie Chin and Philip Kan Gotanda. Charlie Chin was part of the first Asian American "movement" musical group along with Chris Kando Iijima and Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, and performed songs about Asian Americans and their communities starting in the early 1970's. He is also a well known storyteller who was living in New York City at the time. Philip Kan Gotanda is an internationally acclaimed Asian American playwright who was writing and performing Asian American songs, some of which he incorporated into his musicals and plays.
These concerts have now been released as two CDs, which Eastwind Books and other select locations are selling. To celebrate the release of the CDs, the artists would like to share some thoughts about the concert and their experiences as Asian American musicians and artists, and to play a few songs and sign CDs.