- Series: The Hampton Press Communication Series
- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Hampton Press Inc (November 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572739479
- ISBN-13: 978-1572739475
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forbidden City: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs (The Hampton Press Communication Series)
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The transcribed interviews of the artists, and their friends and relatives, paint an intimate portrait of this unique cultural scene. Profiled are some of the better known alumni of the Forbidden City nightclub -- like singers Larry Ching and Frances Chun and dancers Dorothy Toy, Tony Wing, and Jadin Wong -- as well as other performers I'd never heard of before, such as:
* Ellen Chinn, Forbidden City dancer and, according to news of the day, "possessor of Chinatown's most beautiful pair of legs"
* Mai Tai Sing, Forbidden City dancer who later ran a cocktail lounge in Chinatown and played a bit part in the 1960 TV show Hong Kong, starring Rod Taylor
* Coby Yee, "China's Most Daring Dancing Doll", an exotic dancer who performed off and on at the Forbidden City and later bought the club from founder Charlie Low in the mid-60s
* Cynthia Yee, dancer in Dorothy Toy's various revues, Miss Chinatown of 1967, and founder of the Grant Avenue Follies
One of the best things about the book are the more than 200 illustrations, ranging from newspaper ads and magazine articles to family photos and glamor shots. They are absolutely priceless and by themselves worth the price of the book.
I would have given Forbidden City a 5-star rating, but unfortunately the book is let down by a lackluster design and the lack of a readily apparent organizational structure.Read more ›
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I saw Arthur Dong's documentary on Forbidden City on PBS and was intrigued. The film was about a little known era of nightclubs in San Francisco. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Paige Turner
FORBIBBEN CITY...THE GOLDEN AGE OF CHINESE NIGHT CLUBS GIVES A
DETAILED HISTORY OF THE OLD WONDERFUL GROWTH OF NIGHTCLUBS IN
SAN FRANCISCO CHINATOWN. Read more