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American Experience; Forbidden City, U.S.A.

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American Experience
Forbidden City, U.S.A.
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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Tells the story of the Chinese-American nightclub scene of the 1930's to 1950's. Using archival film footage as well as still photos and interviews, Forbidden City, USA shows how a pioneering generation of Chinese-American performers tried to break through cultural and social barriers in the American mainstream.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Forbidden City, U.S.A.,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed May 23, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6DE40B9358454E6296F12D8B2A9CB6A6.
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APA: American Experience; Forbidden City, U.S.A.. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6DE40B9358454E6296F12D8B2A9CB6A6
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