A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America

A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America

Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin PAR01020

A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle of Asians in America, a 1973 Paredon Records release, is widely recognized as the first album of Asian American music. Chris Kando Iijima, Nobuko JoAnne Miyamoto, and William “Charlie” Chin deliver their activist message through simply–recorded acoustic guitars and vocals, with the occasional accompaniment of bongos, bass, and di zi, a Chinese flute. Soul, jazz, and blues elements are interwoven in the American folk style of the songs. The artists were also influenced by their solidarity with African American and Latin American social movements; for example, their musical collaboration with Puerto Rican duo Flora y Pepe and exposure to Latino artists while living in New York. The liner notes include a political statement by the musicians, lyrics, and a list of Asian American publications from the era.

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Year Released 1973
Record Label Paredon Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1973 Paredon Records

Genre(s) American Folk; Struggle & Protest
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Japanese-American
Instrument(s) Flute; Guitar; Vocals
Subject(s) Folksong revival; Political ballads and songs; Protest songs; Topical songs
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101 Yellow Pearl Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin 3:02
102 Wandering Chinaman Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin 3:48
103 Imperialism is Another Word for Hunger Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin 3:23
104 Something About Me Today Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin 3:33
105 Jonathan Jackson Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin 3:19
106 We are the Children Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin 2:54
201 Warriors of the Rainbow Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin 4:11
202 Foolish Old Man Who Removed the Mountains Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin 3:52
203 Somos Asiaticos (We are Asians) Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin 3:34
204 War of the Flea Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin 3:20
205 Divide and Conquer Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin 2:54
206 Free the Land Chris Kando Iijima, Joanne Nobuko Miyamoto, "Charlie" Chin 3:35
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