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Struggling to Define a NationAmerican Music and the Twentieth Century$
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Charles Hiroshi Garrett

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520254862

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520254862.001.0001

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Chinatown, Whose Chinatown?

Chinatown, Whose Chinatown?

Defining America's Borders with Musical Orientalism

(p.121) 4. Chinatown, Whose Chinatown?
Struggling to Define a Nation

Charles Hiroshi Garrett

University of California Press

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

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