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"Forbidden City, USA" Launch Party

  • Chinese Historical Society of America 965 Clay Street San Francisco, CA, 94108 United States (map)

In preparation for next year's Art Deco Preservation Ball theme, we highly encourage you to attend this lecture and book signing!

Get your deluxe hardcover edition of “Forbidden City, USA: Chinatown Nightclubs 1936-1970” at CHSA Museum and join author and filmmaker Arthur Dong for a book talk and signing. There will be a brief Q&A session and light refreshments will be served.

Special guests! Surviving veteran dancers from the Chinatown Nightclub era: Pat Chin, Ivy Tam, and Cynthia Yee, founding members of the Grant Avenue Follies; and Coby Yee, exotic dancer who eventually ran the Forbidden City nightclub.

The event is FREE, but be sure to RSVP here:

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Winner of the 2015 American Book Award, "Forbidden City, USA" captures the magic and glamour of the Chinatown nightclub scene, which peaked in San Francisco during World War II. Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong spent thirty years interviewing the entertainers from this era, collecting hundreds of rare images and objects. The result is a sexy and insightful exploration of a time when Asian Americans pushed against exploitation and racism—as well as expectations from within their own community—to pursue their dreams of working in show business.

Read more and view photo excerpts at