STRIP TEASE ART LIES IN ILLUSION
Gunpowder Isn't All the Chinese Invented
HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 18 (AP) — The Chinese have invented just about everything, including the strip tease, says the Pekinese film star, Li Ling Ai.
Li Ling Ai, a visitor here, said in an interview that just as the Chinese invented gunpowder, but used it for firecrackers instead of weapons, they invented the strip tease — "but as an art instead of vulgar entertainment."
Since her arrival, the Chinese actress has struck up a friendship with Valerie Parks, an occidental who disrobes nightly before audiences at a burlesque house. Miss Ai [sic] said Miss Parks exhibited almost as much finesse as some of her sloe-eyed rivals.
"The essence of Chinese art is illusion," said Li Ling, who speaks voluby but dresses in native garb.
"The Chinese strip dancer combines suggestion with extreme delicacy. She removes her clothing layer by layer, intriguingly, but never reaches the final shock of complete nudity. She ends her dance — artistically — in black lace underwear.
Miss Ai made it plain she was not herself a strip dancer. A film writer, producer and director, as well as actress, she was the program director of the Chinese pavilion at the New York World's Fair.
For four years she has been devoting much of her time to the colored film study of China, "Kukan", which cameraman Rey Scott of St. Louis recently completed. She is in this country now arranging for its distribution.
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