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“The Chinese Fairyland” tells a story in some ways universal in the urban Sydney experience, and in some ways very particular to the Chinese. It focuses on the glamorous dance entertainment of Sydney’s Chinese from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Join the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia and Dr Mei-fen Kuo as she explores the story of the Pekin Café, Pitt Street, during the 1920s, the first Chinese dance venue. In the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s dance had become a fun event with a political theme under the influence of the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuo Min Tang). In her talk Dr Kuo will discuss how dance reshaped Chinese community politics, gender relations and the style of public gathering from the 1920s to the post-war period.

When: Saturday 2 September 2017, 2:30pm-4pm
Where: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost: CHAA Members $8, General $10
Contact: or 02 4861 3078
Hosted by Chinese Heritage Association of Australia Inc

Image: Dragon Ball c.1950s, courtesy of Mr Wai Wang