Forbidden City Nightclub 1938 - 1962

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Forbidden City: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs (book by Trina Robbin)

Jadin Wong, chinese professional dancer AKA Moon Goddess and Hollywood Dragon Lady

In the late 1940s, burlesque dancer Barbara Yung had one of the most popular acts on the Chinatown nightclub scene. “Forbidden City: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs.”

In the late burlesque dancer Barbara Yung had one of the most popular acts on the Chinatown nightclub scene. “Forbidden City: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs.

Belated congratulations to Barbara Yung on her recent induction into the Burlesque Hall of Fame. During the late 1940s, Barbara was one of the reigning queens of the Bay Area's Chinese nightclub scene. Last month in Las Vegas she graced the stage once again to accept the 2011 Legend of Burlesque Award.

Barbara Yung long career as a burlesque performer spanned from the early through to the She was a favourite at San Francisco’s The Kubla Khan, Club Shanghai, and The Sky Room. She was inducted into the Burlesque Hall of Fame.

Noel Toy: vintage 2.5x4 photo Noel Toy originally performed at the Forbidden City nightclub in San Fransisco, CA, but performed on the East Coast as well. She was famous for her fan dance,

Noel Toy: vintage photo Noel Toy originally performed at the Forbidden City nightclub in San Fransisco, CA, but performed on the East Coast as well. She was famous for her fan dance, and was frequently referred to as ‘The Chinese Sally Rand’.

Ellen Chinn was called the "Chinese Betty Grable," thanks to her long legs. “Forbidden City: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs.”

Ellen Chinn was called the "Chinese Betty Grable," thanks to her long legs. “Forbidden City: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs.

Larry Ching, often referred to as the "Chinese Frank Sinatra," sings to adoring chorus girls. “Forbidden City: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs.”

Larry Ching, often referred to as the "Chinese Frank Sinatra," sings to adoring chorus girls. “Forbidden City: The Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs.

Husband-and-wife dance team Mai and Wilbur Tai Sing. Mai told Trina Robbins she loved elaborate costumes, like this dress made of 85 yards of monkey fur.

Dreams of the Forbidden City: When Chinatown Nightclubs Beckoned Hollywood

Menu from The Forbidden City, a San Francisco nightclub and cabaret, in business from the late 1930s to the late 1950s, on the second floor of 363 Sutter Street.   from collections of The New York Public Library  http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/id?3883762

Daily menu at Forbidden City (Restaurant) -- San Francisco, California (CA) (English)

Tony Wing and partner tear up the dance floor at the Kubla Khan in the 1940s.

Tony Wing & an unidentified dancing partner at the Kubla Khan club 1940

Elly Chui sings at the Kubla Khan in a sparkly update of a traditional cheongsam.

Elly Chui sings at the Kubla Khan in a sparkly update of a traditional cheongsam vintage fashion style photo found singer qipao Asian dress

The Forbidden City was a Chinese-themed nightclub and cabaret in business from the late 1930s to the late 1950s , in San Francisco.

The Forbidden City was a Chinese-themed nightclub and cabaret in business from the late to the late , in San Francisco.

"The Betty Grable of Chinatown"

"The Betty Grable of Chinatown" Ellen Chinn grew up in Monterey, California

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