So Many Tears

APICC is proud to feature So Many Tears (originally entitled Racism in Chinese America: Musical Diary of Jon Jang), as part of the United States of Asian America Festival 2020: FINDING KINSHIP.

So Many Tears, initiated by YBCA Fellow Jon Jang, is a livestream concert and conversation with musicians Jon Jang, Marcus Shelby, Francis Wong and poet performer Genny Lim.

For nearly four decades, all of the artists have been part of community building in both the black and Chinatown communities in building Black Asian solidarity through music performance and anti-racist activism.

So Many Tears immediately responds to the recent legal lynching of Black American citizens by the police, as well as to the rise of anti-Asian American violence caused by President Trump’s racist act of renaming of Covid19 as the Chinese Virus and Kung Flu.

Like what the Watts Prophets expressed,” This, too, is nothing new.” From the legal lynching by the police of 66 year old Eleanor Bumpurs in 1984 to the 26 year old Mario Woods in 2015, Jon Jang, who is Chinese American, has composed and recorded works that memorialize Black American victims since the 1990s.

So Many Tears recalls White America in the 1870s and their racist myth that Chinese immigrants are carriers of the deadliest diseases from the bubonic plague racist scapegoating of the Chinese in San Francisco in 1900 to the present.

Header image by Andy Nozaka.

Featured Artist

For three decades, composer Jon Jang has created large scale works for large and small chamber music ensembles that has included: Can’t Stop Cryin’ for America: Black Lives Matter!, Chinese American Symphony performed by the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and Oakland East Bay Symphony.

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Live Stream Concert Via Zoom

June 20, 2020 @ 2PM


This event will be live streamed and recorded to YouTube and shared on other social media platforms.


June 20, 2020 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States
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Lee Alley Ravi Chandra Jean Michel Chia Hamilton Hitomi Oba Nick DePinna Helen Eyles Eric Mar Leianne Lamb Daniel Tam-Claiborne Lenore Chinn Amy Barach Joyce Nakamura Eric Hung Marta Ulvaeus Susan Asai David Ushijima Eric Mar Rev. Norman Fong Stan Shikuma Zara Houshmand Susan Hayase Genny Lim Deborah Wong Tamis Renteria Edward Wong Ellie Hisama

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