Chinese American http://kalw.org en Keeping memories of Chinatown alive – and kicking! http://kalw.org/post/keeping-memories-chinatown-alive-and-kicking <p></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7b4ee8be-1105-1d16-4ea5-b47ffe2614ed" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">From the 1940s until the 1960s, San Francisco’s Chinatown was home to a thriving Chinese American nightclub scene. The clubs had names like Forbidden City, the Chinese Skyroom, and the Shanghai Low. They had showgirls, ballroom duos, comedians, jazz singers, and magic acts -- all featuring Asian-American entertainers. These clubs had wide appeal: celebrities like Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, and Lauren Bacall were all spotted over the years, along with tourists, businessmen and locals. The Forbidden City even inspired a novel, by C.Y. Lee, which was later turned into the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Flower Drum Song”.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 00:43:13 +0000 Jen Chien 32858 at http://kalw.org Keeping memories of Chinatown alive – and kicking! Young Chinese American rethinks the significance of Portsmouth Square http://kalw.org/post/young-chinese-american-rethinks-significance-portsmouth-square <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Francisco’s Chinatown has interested many tourists over the years. Every day people visit to learn about Chinese American History.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 23:12:38 +0000 Marco Choi 31301 at http://kalw.org Young Chinese American rethinks the significance of Portsmouth Square Identity, immigration, and family anchor local dancer's latest piece http://kalw.org/post/identity-immigration-and-family-anchor-local-dancers-latest-piece <p>Lenora Lee, a native San Franciscan dancer and choreographer, makes large-scale interdisciplinary work that tells the stories of Asians in America &ndash; stories that she says aren&rsquo;t represented in the mainstream media or in art. And her latest piece, &quot;<a href="http://www.lenoraleedance.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=53:introducing-qreflectionsq-by-lenora-lee-dance&amp;catid=40:2011-projects&amp;Itemid=54">Reflections</a>,&quot; is a response to what Lee says she witnessed as a Chinese American growing up in San Francisco.</p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:31:57 +0000 Angel Yang 4840 at http://kalw.org Identity, immigration, and family anchor local dancer's latest piece