Before Flower Drum Song exploded on the Broadway stage and silver screen, a golden age of Chinese American nightclubs and performers flourished from the 1930s–1960s. Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970 is a ground-breaking exhibition that chronicles the history, legacy, glitz and glamour of this little known Chinese American story. Join us for the opening event featuring the Grant Avenue Follies and Jimmy "Jay" Borges, former Forbidden City entertainer, performing songs and dances from the night clubs. Curator and author Arthur Dong will discuss the history and untold stories of Chinese American night clubs in San Francisco. Also special guest appearances by other Chinese American nightclub performers.
A book sale by Readers Books follows the event.
Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970,
Main Library, Jewett Gallery, April 13 – July 6, 2014.
San Francisco History Center, the Chinese Center at the San Francisco Public Library, the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the California Historical Society, The Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University, Chinese Historical Society of America, Museum of Performance + Design, City Guides, Center for Asian American Media
- San Francisco's Historic Streetcars and Cable Cars
- Tuesday, July 29, 2014Excelsior, Excelsior Meeting Room
- Photography, poetry, and caption
- Saturday, August 2, 2014Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B
- Delight Rice: Pioneer in Deaf Education (ASL)
- Wednesday, August 6, 2014Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B
*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.