Anna May WongFrom Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend

Anna May WongFrom Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend

Graham Russell Gao Hodges

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9789888139637

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

Abstract

This is a biography of Anna May Wong, legendary Chinese American actress. Its covers her upbringing as second-generation Chinese America in Los Angeles. It uncovers early career in Silent Films, struggling to maximize value of her popularity move to Europe to gain greater fame and resist stereotyped racial roles. The book reflects her immense stardom in 1920s and 1930s and controversy over yellow-face casting in film The Good Earth. The reaction to Wong in Europe and her controversial reputation in China are also discussed. The book also mentioned her fifty-five films, television and radio shows and stage performances. Her personal struggles and accomplishments, support for China during World War II and later life can be seen through the book. It concludes with Wong's impact on Asian American cinema.