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Calendar, Night&Day Flower Drum Songstress

Flower Drum Songstress

In 1940s San Francisco, if you were trying to help a couple of swabbies intent on a little nightclub entertainment during shore leave, you might drop the name Dorothy Fong Toy. “Whozat?” the lousy coasties would inevitably whine, being from…
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Music, Bouncer

Fool's gold found in a martini glass

'Tis the Year of the Dog, soon to be the Year of the Pig. Needless to say, for a gal born in the Year of the Cock, things aren't quite right. Essentially, if the Chinese zodiac is to be believed,…
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Music, They Called Me Frank

They Called Me Frank

On a late June evening at the Chinese Historical Society of America, 82-year-old crooner Larry Ching's velvet voice resonates with the songs off his debut CD, Till the End of Time; a lively crowd sways in time. Journalists and local…
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News, Night Crawler Return to Chinatown

Return to Chinatown

The air is mild and cool, the sun is pale and warm, and the birds are singing as if it were spring. As I enter Portsmouth Square, a young woman in a light silk shirt hands me a pinwheel of…
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