The Chinese Historical Society of America proudly presents a private screening of
THE KIM LOO SISTERS DOCUMENTARY FILM
Saturday, December, 10th, 1-3pm
City College of San Francisco, Chinatown / North Beach Center
808 Kearny Street,
San Francisco, CA 94108
Suggested donation $10 at the event.
Refreshments provided. Film is followed by a Question & answer session with the director!
Funny, feisty, thoughtful and candid, the four Kim Loo Sisters speak their minds in this feature-length documentary that is both a vivid historical record and a moving memoir of a Chinese-American jazz vocal quartet popular in the first half of the 20th century. The Kimmies, as they were called -- Alice, Maggie, Jenée and Bubbles -- became the first Asian American act to star in Broadway musical revues.
Daughters of a Chinese “paper son” and a Polish seamstress, they broke through the bamboo ceiling to perform first in kiddie revues in and around their hometown of Minneapolis, then on vaudeville circuits around the country, and finally on the Broadway stage and Hollywood screen where they shared top billing with Frank Sinatra, The Three Stooges, Ann Miller and Jackie Gleason. When one of the sisters left the act to marry the son of the vice president of China and witnessed the Chinese Civil War (1945-1949) first-hand, her sisters -- dubbed “the Chinese Andrews Sisters” -- carried on as a trio and joined the USO to entertain American and Allied troops stationed in Europe during World War II.
Leslie Li is the producer/director of The Kim Loo Sisters, her début feature-length film. Daughter of one of the Kimmies and niece of the other three, she is the author of four books -- Bittersweet: A Novel (Tuttle Publishing); Daughter of Heaven: A Memoir with Earthly Recipes (Arcade Publishing); Enter the Dragon: A Book of Children's Plays Based on Three Chinese Folktales (Main Street Arts Press); and Just Us Girls: The Companion Book to The Kim Loo Sisters (Four Seasons Press). Her novel and memoir have been translated into five languages.