Diary of a London Showgirl

'PARISIAN FLARE'© by R.Somynne

chsamuseum:

These are the Forbidden City Glamour Girls. Quite stunning, aren’t they?
Back in the 1930s and 40s, Chinatown nightclubs flourished. These girls were from Charlie Low’s legendary nightclub “Forbidden City.” Opened in 1938, Low named it after the Forbidden City in Beijing and served as the master of ceremonies. At its peak, the club drew hundreds of locals, Hollywood celebrities, and GIs. Forbidden City also put on comedy skits and music shows featuring an all Asian cast of singers, dancers, and vaudeville performers during a time when Asian Americans could not find employment in the entertainment business due to discriminatory laws and hiring practices.
For further reading: Arthur Dong “Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970
If you’re in San Francisco, the CHSA Museum has a full day of programs this Saturday April 12. Arthur Dong will talk about his book over some cocktails!

chsamuseum:

These are the Forbidden City Glamour Girls. Quite stunning, aren’t they?

Back in the 1930s and 40s, Chinatown nightclubs flourished. These girls were from Charlie Low’s legendary nightclub “Forbidden City.” Opened in 1938, Low named it after the Forbidden City in Beijing and served as the master of ceremonies. At its peak, the club drew hundreds of locals, Hollywood celebrities, and GIs. Forbidden City also put on comedy skits and music shows featuring an all Asian cast of singers, dancers, and vaudeville performers during a time when Asian Americans could not find employment in the entertainment business due to discriminatory laws and hiring practices.

For further reading: Arthur Dong “Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970

If you’re in San Francisco, the CHSA Museum has a full day of programs this Saturday April 12. Arthur Dong will talk about his book over some cocktails!

Blood Orange - Champagne Coast

Photo by Julia Calder #sideboob #model #vogue

Photo by Julia Calder #sideboob #model #vogue

#ChelseaHotel #Penthouse #Garden Springtime in Manhattan @hotelchelsea #MissAmelia #Showgirl

#ChelseaHotel #Penthouse #Garden Springtime in Manhattan @hotelchelsea #MissAmelia #Showgirl

#instagram #body #lingerie #model #showgirl #MissAmelia

#instagram #body #lingerie #model #showgirl #MissAmelia

I am music #blackstarlondon

I am music #blackstarlondon

At my nightclub in Shanghai, Chinatown! Miss Amelia & the Chinatown Dolls, & Grant-oh! #goodtimes #showgirl #chinatown #shanghai

At my nightclub in Shanghai, Chinatown! Miss Amelia & the Chinatown Dolls, & Grant-oh! #goodtimes #showgirl #chinatown #shanghai

End of another beautiful weekend. Until next time… #selfie #blackandwhite #goodnight

End of another beautiful weekend. Until next time… #selfie #blackandwhite #goodnight