“Traditional Chinese Music in the evenings at 1920C, a co-work place in Chinatown.”

May 7th, 2015 No comments

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CTown musicians need help

April 27th, 2015 No comments

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“Taoli Zhen, the Aspiring Musician”

April 14th, 2015 No comments

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Prof. Wilma Pang Presenting “Taoli Zhen, a 16 Year Old Musician – A Erhu virtuoso”

January 25th, 2015 No comments

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Video of music in Chinatown

December 13th, 2014 No comments

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Wilma Pang sang at the 5th Anniversary WGUISFCT after her performance at the Great Star Theater on 11/21/2014

November 28th, 2014 No comments

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“Prof. Wilma Pang Sings Puccini Arias”

November 8th, 2014 No comments

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REMEMBERING LI XIANG LAN AND HER SONGS, SUNG BY PROF. WILMA PANG AND DIANA DING WITH SHOTA OSABE, PIANIST

October 2nd, 2014 No comments

Li Xiang Lan, also known as Yoshiko Yamaguchi and Shirley Yamaguchi was one of the superstars of the 1940’s in Shanghai. She was born in Shenyang, NE China to Japanese parents in 1920. Later adopted by a Chinese couple and took after their last name LI. She passed away on 9/7/2014. We will all miss her.

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Wilma Pang in an interview by Blair Pan, a student from PRC on SF Chinatown

September 7th, 2014 No comments

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Are Musicians Being Driven From Chinatown?

August 27th, 2014 No comments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (8/26)- According to Chinatown officials traditional Chinese musicians are being driven slowly out of Chinatown. According to Wilma Pang, with A Better Chinatown Tomorrow (ABCT),”last Friday (8/23) about the constant harassment and complaints to Central Station about the “success” of elderly musicians playing on various locations through out Chinatown. I know City Hall is very stringent about paid sound permit. However, the cost is prohibitive. No one can afford to pay. I helped the elderly a few times with my own money, but I just can not afford to continue. However, the elderly have determined to go out and play anyway. Does City Hall really care about the elderly who contribute so much of San Francisco’s Chinatown’s tourist income?”

The complaints are detailed as,”numerous complaints from various individuals and merchants’ in Chinatown about the street musicians. The latest came from the 2nd floor of 737 Grant Ave. On Wed. 20th, a woman across the street “ordered” the musicians to stop playing in front of Eastern Bakery…”

According to Wilma Pang,”I am very much aware of the cumbersome and stringent regulations of obtaining a sound permit,and the cost is at least $60 per day per location if it is available. Therefore I wrote numerous emails to related departments and Supervisor Chiu to request a waiver of fees for Portsmouth Square so the elderly can enjoy singing and listening to music. No one from City Hall responded to my plead. Mind you, any time anyone calls Central or Park and Rec, if there is a permit, and when police comes around, they can legit won’t interfere the musicians.

Initially, I paid a few times. That was at least 3 years ago…. I told the elderly musicians and attendees about the situation and asked them to stop. They came out anyway, and more defiant and determine than ever! The police usually just let it go since they see the elderly really enjoy themselves and tourists likewise. If you google “SF Chinatown Street Musicians,” There are so many postings about them.

There are ways to waive the fees, but it seems no one from top down is willing to do so. All I am asking is to waive the fees and let the elderly enjoy themselves and at the time same showcasing authentic culture to the public. I have heard many good comments from visitors from all over the map about their appreciation for what they believe to be most authentic.

Sadly according to Wilma Pang,”I think there is a deeper issue on the plight of street artists in general. We used to see a lot more in North Beach, such as the Beatniks in the 50’s. However, the imposed fees chased them out. And the lofts were build for the living artists on SOMA. Soon after they were built, they were sold for profit. What I am saying is San Francisco was known for the arts. The irony is no artists can afford to live and work here. And as for the elderly in Chinatown who have contributed so much, yet, they were treated badly if not abused. What can I say as a professor of music? Do you think Supervisor David Chiu really cares about the abandoned elderly? Why do I have to end up picking the tab as a elderly myself?”

Jose Ricardo G. Bondoc

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