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Documentary Program: Forbidden City, USA

November 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong’s documentary Forbidden City, USA takes you inside the glamorous world of Chinatown nightclubs in World War II San Francisco. You will meet the “Chinese Fred Astaire,” the “Chinese Sophie Tucker,” and the “Chinese Sally Rand.” Eighty years before the all-Asian cast of Crazy Rich Asians made box office headlines, the world famous Forbidden City nightclub was shocking America with its “all-Chinese” American floorshows. Digitally re-mastered by UCLA Film & TV Archive from original film negatives, Forbidden City, USA unearths the stories of ground-breaking Asian American entertainers from a bygone era, telling the true-life stories that inspired both the musical Flower Drum Song and Lisa See’s novel China Dolls.

Film will be introduced by Music of Asian America Research Center Eric Hung.


November 11, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Institute of Contemporary Art
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Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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