Wing (Paul Wing Jew)
BiographyPalo Alto, California, USA
The eldest son of a Chinese-American businessman, Paul Wing started tap dancing on street corners as a child. After graduating from Palo Alto High School, he hitchhiked to Los Angeles were he soon began performing in vaudeville. He met Helen and Dorothy Takahashi, the Japanese-American daughters of the owners of a Los Angeles "Chinese" restaurant, and formed a dancing troupe, "The Three Mahjongs". Soon, Paul took Dorothy to Chicago, where they renamed themselves "Toy and Wing, Oriental Terp Duo" and for several years up to World War II, they were headliners on various vaudeville circuits. Read more... Paul was drafted into the Army and Dorothy, who couldn't return to the West Coast as her family was interned in a camp in Utah, performed with her sister Helen as the Toy Sisters. After the war's end, Wing and Toy went back into business, performing in a number of venues, both in the United States and in Europe.