Matriarch Excerpt: Audio interview in Chaozhou Chinese dialect with English translation, By Audrey Chan

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:

This piece was played as part of the second launch event for Re-Re-Roar on KCHUNG radio 1630 AM.

Resonate-Reverberate-Roar (Re-Re-Roar) is a growing archive of original sounds that express an experimental, independent, and socially progressive spirit.  The sounds on Re-Re-Roar include field recordings, interviews, songs, speeches, experimental music, and more. Re-Re-Roar is a site for activ[ist] listening, with the purpose of distributing sounds of resistance to eager ears around the globe. Visitors are encouraged to add their own sounds of resistance to the archive through the website's submit function.

Re-Re-Roar originated from artist Elana Mann’s collection of sounds of resistance, which she began during the Iraq war in 2007 by recording commuters in Los Angeles and Iraq. The website was incubated during Mann's time as the 2013 Amy M. Sears artist-in-resident at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, amongst a group of peace activists from the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet & Consociates. Re-Re-Roar was designed by Roman Jaster and Nicole Jaffe, with production assistance from Reilo Dahl. For more about Elana Mann visit: