Chinatown, Whose Chinatown?

Charles Hiroshi Garrett

in Struggling to Define a Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254862
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942820 | DOI:
Chinatown, Whose Chinatown?

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This chapter studies the methods musicians and the music industry actively participate in when defining a nation, outlining the history of the song “Chinatown, My Chinatown,” and offering detailed accounts of its origin, its Broadway debut in 1910, its early performance history, and its packaging as sheet music. It also shows how the process of defining a nation through musical radicalization needs continuous maintenance and is always subject to transformation.

Keywords: defining a nation; music industry; musicians; musical radicalization; performance history

Chapter.  16788 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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