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Chinatown | Chinatown

trina-robbins's picture
Feb.07.2010
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...
kelli-stanley's picture
Jul.19.2009
February, 1940. Gone With The Wind packs movie palaces two months after its December premiere. “Moonlight Serenade” echoes from jukeboxes all over the country. And the Sino-Japanese war still rages, while France waits anxiously for the Nazi blitzkrieg to hammer the Maginot line. In San Francisco’s...
ben-fong-torres's picture
Dec.20.2007
The Rice Room is a brilliant and moving memoir of growing up in Oakland’s Chinatown, by one of America’s preeminent journalists. Ben Fong-Torres was the third child of first-generation Chinese parents. His father came to America via the Philippines, adding “Torres” to his name to convince...