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Chinatown is Burning!

Chinese Historical Society of America

The Chinese Historical Society of America commissioned Chinese American storyteller, musician, and performer Charlie Chin to research and invoke the persona of Hugh Liang. Liang, an real historical figure, was a teenager living in Chinatown at the time of the 1906 earthquake. He survived the earthquake and Great Fires, to witness the rebuilding of his community.

"Chinatown is Burning!" will be performed before K-12 classes and at various venues in San Francisco during the centennial.

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Saturday, April 1, 2006, 1 pm
Family Art Encounter - Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Cost: Museum admission
Includes hands-on crafts activities for children.
For more information, call (415) 581-3500 or visit www.asianart.org.

Sunday, April 9, 2006, 2 pm
Premiere performance in Chinatown
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
750 Kearny Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108-1809

Cost: Free for CHSA & CCC members; $5 General public
For more information, call (415) 986-1822 or visit

Saturday, April 15, 2006, 2 pm
Koret Auditorium,
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch
100 Larkin Street (at Grove)
San Francisco, CA 94102-4733

Cost: Free event
For more information, call (415) 557-4400 or visit http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/.

Saturday, May 7, 2006, 3 pm
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Cost: Museum admission
This performance is part of the museum's Firsthand Accounts program, in conjunction with its "Aftershock!" exhibit.
For more information, call (510) 238-2916 or visit www.museumca.org.


Various. See details in "When" section


The persona in this presentation, Hugh Liang, will share about his experiences during the 1906 earthquake.


General public, students, and Chinese Americans


Leonard Shek, (415) 391-1188 ext. 101

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