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Anna May Wong. by GermanCityGirl Anna May Wong. by GermanCityGirl
Anna May Wong was the first Chinese-American movie star. Her career was limited by American anti-miscegenation laws that prevented her from sharing an on-screen kiss with any Caucasian actor in "yellowface".

These inane laws hampered her from becoming a leading lady and we'll never know the breadth of her talent because of the colour of her skin.

She placed the first rivet into the structure of Grauman's Chinese Theatre at the groundbreaking ceremony but was not invited to leave her hand prints and foot prints in cement.
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principalton Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
You unburied a lost memory, Thankyou! She is a marvelous Chinese female!
And she remind me of the 1930's Shanghai and Hollywood- a beautiful illusion.
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome. She was absolutely stunning and as an Asian-American, I wanted to share her story with anyone who was curious.
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principalton Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
That's a great idea! I live in Shanghai and the film industry of the city was in full flourish and followed closely Hollywood from about 1910 to 1950. I bet lots of people at that time knew Anna Wong very well. But now hardly anyone mention her. What a pity!
Her life in US must be very hard and legendary.
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree, there's many people who don't know who she is, which is a shame.
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principalton Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
Maybe China will take her for pride soon I think. And in US it will take some time for most people to recollect the history. But I'm sure things will change soon if we keep on spreading:)
However, Your South Park style DA ID is very cool and cute.:D
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree with you. And thank you very much for the compliment on my dA ID :)
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Annalaiane Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
That's horrible. I've only heard a little about her but now I want to know more.
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Click on the links provided in the description :)
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Annalaiane Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
I did! I need to rent me some of these movies.
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool!
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Goldencard Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Student Filmographer
"but was not invited to leave her hand prints and foot prints in cement. " that's lame...

I'm also a Chinese American with a dream of (possibly) going into Film.

I hope to make it big or successful one day:P
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I wish you luck in your endeavours :)
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pezmonkey Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
I saw the TCM documentary on her and found it fascinating. Her part in SHANGHAI EXPRESS is one of the better aspects of that movie.
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I didn't know there was a documentary on her! I wish I had cable but we haven't for years now.

Thanks for letting me know and I'll see if I can find it.
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Nywoe Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Wow, she's very striking. I love that veil that she's wearing. Beaded, maybe? Thanks for that bit of history. I had never heard of her before. On the one hand it's sad, but on the other hand she probably helped open some doors for future generations. So even if she doesn't get credit for it, her legacy is probably pretty powerful.
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
The veil is beautiful and I agree with everything you said. Cheers for the comment, my dear :hug:
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AlastorZingari Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Ever more increasing proof that Discrimination and Racism, is stupid.
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree.
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chaoie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
racism is GHEY!

i wouldnt of been able to tell she was chinese though... shes very pretty :D
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Racism is phenomenally stupid.
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chaoie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
indeed :nod: nd pointless
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
As someone of mixed heritage, I completely agree.
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chaoie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
mmhmm ^w^
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DanielBoik Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
sad what Damage Racism causes,
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes. The only roles she would get would either be demure Asian butterflies or brazen Dragon ladies.
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DanielBoik Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
:( truly sad you can thank the damn anti-miscegenation laws,if not for it she would had become a bigger star,
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Perhaps so, the sad thing is that we'll never know :(
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DanielBoik Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
yeah which sucks :(
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed.
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DanielBoik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
yep
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Ghilemear Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
This is the racism that people neglect, for some reason.
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GermanCityGirl Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree and she was so beautiful too.
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