Matriarch Excerpt: Audio interview in Chaozhou Chinese dialect with English translation, By Audrey Chan
- Source: Audrey Chan
- Year: 2007
- Submitted by: Audrey Chan
This recording comes from a conversation between the artist’s father and grandmother, James Chan and Sool Sin Chan Ling (Ahma), that took place in Oak Park, Illinois in March 2007. Having immigrated to the United States in 1982, Ahma gained American citizenship in 2000 and voted for the first time in 2004. She begins by discussing the presidency of George W. Bush and later recalls early memories of Sun Yat-Sen, the first president and founding father of the Republic of China (Nationalist China). She recites Sun Yat-Sen’s will to the Chinese people, which she was taught to memorize as a young girl. Her experiences included Japanese invasion and the Communist takeover of China in 1949. She describes class struggle during the the Land Reform Movement from the point of view of landowners in China’s rural South. For more information: http://audreychan.net/matriarch/
This piece was played as part of the second launch event for Re-Re-Roar on KCHUNG radio 1630 AM.