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Thread #107270   Message #3284507
Posted By: Joe Offer
04-Jan-12 - 03:03 AM
Thread Name: Song Req: 'There was China Man...'
Subject: ADD: In China there lived a little man
Although it's a song that comes from a history of ethnic bigotry, it's still worthwhile to study the song and its versions. Such songs are often true examples of the "folk process" because they aren't the kind of songs publishers would publish.
This song became a pop song called "Chickery Chick" in the 1940s, with lyrics that had nothing to do with anybody of any ethnic descent.

Here's an article about the song from Time Magazine, December 3, 1945:

There's another version here: