1871 Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre, 150th Year Commemoration Events on October 17th & 22nd

1871 Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre, 150th Year Commemoration

Commemoration Program with Music & Performances (Livestream)

Sunday, October 17, 2021, 2:00-3:30pm





The Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre of 1871 was the worst mass-lynching in California history. It kicked off a decade of rampant Anti-Asian violence and legislation including the Chinese Exclusion Act, even as Chinese immigrants were hard at work building the infrastructure of California's future. Despite its severity and importance, this chapter of history remains largely unknown.


The UCLA Chancellor's Arts Initiative, UCLA Asian American Center, UCLA Asia Pacific Center has partnered with the Chinese American Museum to commemorate the massacre's 150th anniversary with a series of 3 programs, a teacher's workshop, a commemorative performance of music, movement, and VIP guest speakers, and a scholars panel.


The commemorative performance on October 17, 2021 takes place at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument -- the site of Los Angeles' original Chinatown, where the massacre took place.


Karen Umemoto, Ph.D., Director, UCLA Asian American Studies Center (1:41)

Min Zhou, Ph.D. , Professor, Sociology & Asian American Studies (5:03)

Gene Block, Ph.D., Chancellor, UCLA (8:30)

Judy Chu, Ph.D., U.S. Congresswoman (12:53)

Gay Yuen, Ph.D., Chinese American Museum (18:38)

Kevin de Leon, Los Angeles City Councilmember (23:25)

Arturo Chavez, General Manager at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument (30:55)

Hao Huang, Ph.D., Professor, Scripps College (41:35)

Closing Remarks (1:23:02)


The musical program Chinatown Elegy features the cast and crew of the podcast drama Blood on Gold Mountain (2021) including narrator Hao Huang with accompaniment by Psychopomp Contemporary Ensemble and original songs by The Flower Pistils. Movement artist Young-Tseng Wong brought the story to life, and the UCLA Chinese Music Ensemble make a special appearance.


Thanks to the following artists for their extraordinary performance!


UCLA Chinese Music Ensemble Student performers under the direction of Professor Chi Li:

Yiwen Fan, Yingying Hong, Grace Yang & Ying Jiang on Guqin

Mukun Liu & Selina Li on Pipa

Zhengxian Qu & Yuchen Liu on Xiao/Xun

Brian Cao on Percussion

Ying Jiang & Brian Cao doing Vocals


Chinatown Elegy performance by Hao Huang, Narrator and Producer

Curtis Wong, Narrator

Micah Huang, Artistic Director, Composer, Guitar, Voice

Emma Gies, Keyboard, Voice

Chi-Wei Lo, Piano

Xiaopei Xu, Piano

Young-Tseng Wong, Mime, Movement actor


Sponsored by University of California Los Angeles Chancellor's Arts Initiative, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Asia Pacific Center, UCLA History-Geography Project, Chinese American Museum, Scripps College Music Department


With support from the UCLA Chancellor's Council on the Arts, Helen & Morgan Chu Chair’s Fund , Walter & Shirley Wang Endowed Chair’s Fund , Xiangli Chen China & Beyond Forum , Stanley Kwok Lau & Dora Wong Lau Endowment


This event was held in accordance with the CDC and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines. Participants wore face coverings and practiced “physical/social distancing” to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19. Preventative measures, such as wiping down the mic and podium between speakers and verifying the COVID-19 vaccination status of participants, were used to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


UCLA AASC acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands) and pay our respects to the honuukvetam (ancestors), 'ahiihirom (elders), and 'eyoohiinkem (relatives/relations) past, present, and emerging.


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