Toy & Wing

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Toy & Wing, c. 1942

Toy and Wing were an Asian-American tap dance. The group were Dorothy Toy (real name Shigeko Takahashi, May 28, 1917 – July 10, 2019) and Paul Wing (real name Paul Wing Jew, October 14, 1912 – April 27, 1997).[1][2][3] They were known as the "Chinese Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers".[4]

They were active in the 1930s and 1940s. They were the first Asian-Americans to enter the American tap dance scene.[5]

Dorothy Toy was born on May 28, 1917 in San Francisco. She died on July 10, 2019 in Oakland, California at the age of 102.[6]

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  1. OBITUARY -- Paul Wing
  2. Stephanie Barron; Sheri Bernstein; Ilene Susan Fort (2000). Reading California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000. University of California Press. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-520-22767-5.
  3. Valerie J. Matsumoto (2014). City Girls: The Nisei Social World in Los Angeles, 1920-1950. Oxford University Press. p. 104. ISBN 978-0-19-937703-9.
  4. Vaudeville old & new: an encyclopedia of variety performances in America. Psychology Press. 2004. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-415-93853-2.
  5. Amy Gorman (2006). Aging Artfully: 12 Profiles : Visual & Performing Women Artists Aged 85-105. PAL Publishing. p. 65. ISBN 978-0-9785192-0-9.
  6. Genzlinger, Neil (August 1, 2019). "Dorothy Toy, 102, Half of Asian-American Dance Team, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)