Asia Society Texas Center presents Performing Asia: South of Gold Mountain
In 1850, news of the California Gold Rush reached southern China, inspiring an exodus of 300,000 Chinese immigrants to “Gold Mountain.” Lesser known were the Chinese who came to the southern states to work on plantations, widen the Augusta Canal, or build the railroads.
Through dance and music, South of Gold Mountain explores rich oral histories, treasured images, and documentation of these Chinese settlers in America prior to World War II, paying tribute to the livelihoods of Chinese grocers, laundries, restaurants, and community game changers.
Over three years, extensive research and in-depth interviews were conducted with immigrants and descendants, inspiring this invigorating and insightful production by H.T. Chen & Dancers. The contemporary sound score by James Lo blends traditional Chinese music with Deep South Blues. With great anticipation, Asia Society welcomes to Houston the regional premiere of South of Gold Mountain thanks in large part to Rogene Gee Calvert, Chair of the local performances.