East Meets West: Chinatown Nightclubs
July 15, 2020 Webinar YouTube
The East Meets West: Chinatown Nightclub webinar, was our first co-hosted session between BACGG and CHCP … and broke all previous attendee records. Attendee’s came from all parts of the nation (including Hawaii), plus folks from Canada, Japan and England to laugh, listen and learn from the daring dancing dolls, Coby Yee and Cynthia Yee, and Calvin Fong, son of a nightclub owner. Click below for the complete 1 hour 49 minute webinar:
Table of Contents: 3 parts to this webinar
- Cocktail Lounge/Waiting Room
Calvin’s Keynote Presentation (14:26 – 1::00:55) click to play
- Calvin’s Presentation as pdf click
- Panel Discussion (1:0:56 – 1:48:00) click to play
This webinar explores a little known, but exciting topic, in Chinese-American history: Chinese-American nightclubs. In particular, the presentation will focus on the nightclubs owned by a well-known herbalist, Fong Wan of Oakland, and how he eventually turned a bankrupt restaurant into a first-class nightclub. Many of the performers (singers, dancers, magicians, acrobats, comedians, etc) were Chinese with headliner names; like, the “Chinese Frank Sinatra,” or the “Chinese Ginger Rogers.” Many performers were 2nd generation Asians coming out of the Great Depression and who loved entertaining but were shut out from performing live on American stage or in the movies. The Chinese nightclubs offered a venue for them to show their many talents and opened opportunities that they could not realize otherwise. The clubs became extremely popular during the 1940s-early 1960s and were places to see and be seen by the Hollywood elite.
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