1997 Reunion Concerts
“A Grain of Sand” was originally produced in New York City in 1973 by Barbara Dane for Paredon Records. This collection of songs is not only the artistic work of Chris, Nobuko and Charlie, it is a voice that emerged from the Asian American Movement from 1969-1973. “Grain” was the culmination of three years of writing and touring many communities throughout the US. Since that time, Chris went on to become a professor of law, Nobuko continues her artistic endeavors with Great Leap, and Charlie is a writer, performer and musician.
Chris Iijima, Charlie Chin, and Nobuko perform songs from their seminal album A Grain of Sand. The album was recorded in 1973 during the height of the Asian American, Black, and Anti-war movements. The trio's phenomenal reunion concert at UC Berkeley was met with enthusiastic response and proved that their voices and music still have a strong and relevant message. With humor and passion the trio shares its stories and insights with a new generation.
"By weaving our songs and stories, old and new, we are able to link our experiences and music that grew from the Asian American movement with the struggles of young people today. It's been exciting for us to connect with longtime friends and even more rewarding to see so many new faces. " - Nobuko
"I really enjoy doing these performances--getting a chance to work with Nobuko and Charlie again, and connecting with a new generation. It is particularly gratifying since there is a span of three-four generations at our gigs, ranging from very young children, twenty and thirty-somethings, middle-agers from our generation, and the elderly for whom we were 'the young people' way back when." - Chris
UCLA Asian American Studies Center Los Angeles, CA September 29, 2001 Yellow Brotherhood Potluck Los Angeles, CA September 29, 2001 NCRR Cuba Delegation Report Back Los Angeles, CA September 30, 2001 Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC April 29, 2000 Columbia University New York, NY April 27, 2000 Asian American Arts Alliance New York, NY April 26, 2000 Pomona College, Asian American Resource Center Pomona, CA September 10, 1999 LTSC Union Center Cafe Los Angeles, CA June 22, 1999 Purdue University Layfayette, IN March 25, 1999 University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI October 31, 1998 La Peña Cultural Center Oakland, CA July 19, 1998 Japan America Theatre Los Angeles, CA July 17, 1998 University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA May 8 and 9, 1998 University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA January 9, 1998 La Peña Cultural Center Oakland, CA January 8, 1998 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA October 2, 1997 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA October 1, 1997