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Forbidden City, U.S.A. Review


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You know Frank Sinatra and Ginger Rogers, but how about the "Chinese Sintra" and the "Chinese Ginger." Back in the 1940s the first Chinese lounge opened near San Francisco's Chinatown, called the Forbidden City.

This documentary (produced in 1989) takes us back to the day, replete with interviews with the Asian song and dance men and women of the era, pioneers of their culture who exposed much of America to Eastern culture for the first time. The common bond among them all is of course the Forbidden City.

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