88 Rising pays tribute to Anna May Wong
In honor of Anna May Wong’s birthday, 88 Rising posted a great video essay of Wong’s rise, struggle and tragedy as the first female Asian American star in Hollywood. She was a true pioneer and was held back by racist cultural norms that could not accept Asians on screen, relegating her to and other Asians in supporting, stereotypical roles and employing white actors in yellowface for main roles.
I know many producers have tried to mount a biopic on Wong, but more than ever, it has to be made. Perhaps the timing is perfect to do one soon.
In the meantime, read our recent post, where we remember Wong on her birthday, who was born on January 3, 1905.