The world's first Chinese-American movie legend Anna May Wong (1905–1961) uncomfortably straddled two cultures. Born in California, she was regularly cast in stereotypical roles of long-suffering, submissive Oriental women, doomed prostitutes and seductive but deadly temptresses. America's strict anti-miscegenation laws limited her chances of playing romantic leads against Caucasian actors, while her racy persona both onscreen and off did little to endear her to the Chinese. And yet against these odds, Anna May Wong sustained a career spanning four decades. Jasper Sharp guides us through the life and work of this captivating and pioneering star of the screen.
Jasper Sharp is an author, filmmaker, critic and curator. Internationally regarded for his work on Japanese cinema, he co-founded the Midnight Eye website. His books include The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film, Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema, and Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema.