Forbidden City 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!