NETWORK OF ENTERTAINING ASIAN AMERICAN TALENT
The Forbidden City was a Chinese-themed nightclub and cabaret in business from the late 1930s to the late 1950s , on the second floor of 363 Sutter Street in San Francisco between Chinatown and Union Square. The Forbidden City featured Asian American singers, dancers, chorus lines, magicians, and musicians. It was popular with military personnel who were transiting through San Francisco during World War II. The novel, and in turn the musical and film Flower Drum Song were inspired by the Forbidden City, as was the 1989 documentary, Forbidden City U.S.A. Here, Mary Tom tells us her story of how she got from Arizona to San Francisco.