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Chinatown is a welcoming place, full of vibrancy and life.
The original title for CITY OF DRAGONS was “Rice Bowl”—an apt metaphor for the ethnic and cultural tensions that permeate the book.
The Rice Bowl Party was an event that began with the Sino-Japanese War and ended with the United State’s entry into World War II. The Japanese invasion of Manchuria galvanized Chinese-American organizations to both raise money for the home country and alert the public to boycott Japanese goods. After the holocaust that was Nanking, efforts redoubled.
Below you’ll find some memories from the era of the Chinese nightclub, the fabled telephone exchange … and the Rice Bowl Party.
Images of Chinatown
The War with Japan
Sinking of the U.S.S. Panay
In December, 1937, an American ship was sunk by the Japanese as it patrolled the Yangtze River, helping Americans escape the besieged Nanking. The incident is mentioned in CITY OF DRAGONS.