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Rene Yung

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Artist Rene Yung tells us that she plays this song from time to time when she settles down into moments of truth and beauty.

Rene Yung, by Lisa Strong


Multimedia artist Rene Yung was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the Bay Area when she was 14 years old. For the past decade, she's been dedicated to uncovering the hidden history of early Chinese immigrants in the American West with her multi-platform art and storytelling project Chinese Whispers.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to Adrianna Thompson, artistic director and founder of SOULSKIN Dance, about the company’s 3rd San Francisco season, ‘A Pop Culture Journey: from Folsom Prison to a Night at the Opera’, featuring music from Johnny Cash and Queen, this weekend at Dance Mission Theater. Also stopping by is lead artist and director Rene Yung to discuss the world premiere, this weekend at Fort Mason Center,  of ‘Chinese Whispers: Golden Gate’, a multimedia storytelling theater work that brings to life the experiences of Chinese immigrants in the Bay Area. Clarinetist Brenden Guy and Curious Flights' resident British composer Simon Dobson share details about this Saturday’s ‘Transatlantic Crossings’, a cross-cultural concert program with new works by Dobson and two Bay Area composers, featuring among others the SF Wind Ensemble. Plus, SF Ballet’s Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West talks about the 40th anniversary of the Orchestra which is celebrated with a special concert on March 25.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, March 17 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Rene Yung: artist, designer and director of Chinese Whispers, a research and performance project that uncovers the history of Chinese pioneers in the American West.

In the mid-1800s, the Gold Rush brought enthusiastic settlers westward, from across the United States. At the same time, another migration was flowing eastward.

Over three decades, the country’s Chinese population grew from 4,000 to over 100,000. The immigrants who landed on California’s shores followed the Transcontinental Railroad across the state, building pockets of community along the way.