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Dim - 1951 China Doll Night Club

by Hongxi Chen

Dim-1951 China Doll Night Club is an interactive immersive experience on the topic of cultural appropriation. The China Doll night club was founded in 1946 by Caucasian stage producer Tom Ball, who deemed it the only “all-oriental” night club in New York. While the club sometimes played off “Oriental” stereotypes, and titled one of its shows “Slant-Eyed Scandals,” they featured Asian dancers and Asian singers presenting popular songs in a way New Yorkers had never seen before. The Dim interactive experience unfolds with the story of Thomas, a waiter at the China Doll. Players meet the character and follow branches can lead to five different endings.

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