From the late 1930's to the early 1960's, Chinese nightclubs fourished in San Francisco's Chinatown. They were the first, and in those days the only venues for talented Asians who sang or danced professionally. Asian entertainers came from everywhere to perform in Chinatown, and they all found a home in the Chinese Nightclubs. For publicity purposes, many of the entertainers were compared to famous Caucasian stars. They were billed as "The Chinese Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers," "the Chinese Frank Sinatra", the "Chinese Sophie Tucker." They sang and danced for the GIs during the war, and Hollywood stars like Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman came to their shows. In this book the men and women who performed in the nightclubs from 1937 to 1964, tell their stories in their own words. Forbidden city brings back to life an age of glamour and a long neglected slice of Asian-American history.
Trina gives an overview of the book:
Herstorian and writer Trina Robbins has been writing graphic novels, comics and books for over thirty years. Her subjects have ranged from Wonder Woman and the Powerpuff Girls to her own teenage superheroine, GoGirl!, and from women cartoonists and superheroines to women who...