Preview: Top Hit Chinese Love Songs

I'm going to Austin to be on a karaoke panel at SXSW since in my other life I'm a karaoke slinger. Haven't quite flushed out my presentation and musical number. The panel should be like social media nerd Glee but I am going to try to find a way to integrate Laserdiscs, those freakishly large CDs that only developed a following amongst the karaoking Chinese. 

We always had two Laserdisc players at home, one for the den and one in the TV room just in case there was a fight over what to sing. My parents were practical that way. One of the LD players even had "auto-reverse" so you'd never have to get off the couch to flip the disc. After big dinners our extended family would come over to rock out to Chinese oldies like Teresa Teng, the ultimate icon of Chineseness:

from on Vimeo.

My parents adored the songs of their youth. My dad bought a pirated box set of English "Old Style Love Songs" from Taiwan that included Paul Anka, Skeeter Davis, and House of the Rising Sun. I don't think it should have been shocking to my family that I become a karaoke nut. It was genetic.

Check out Top Hit Chinese Love Songs right here.


Ari said...

Wow! When was that first picture taken?

Raina Lee said...

from the san aiyi's wild mane, I'd say late 80s or early 90s.

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