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Anna May WongFrom Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend$
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Graham Russell Gao Hodges

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139637

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139637.001.0001

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Atlantic Crossings

Atlantic Crossings

(p.99) Four Atlantic Crossings
Anna May Wong

Graham Russell Gao Hodges

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses Wong's trans-Atlantic Career over seven years. It details her stardom in Shanghai Express with Dietrich and Daughter of the Dragon with Warner Oland and Sessue Hayakawa. It uncovers Wong's Vaudeville routine around Europe based upon Noel Coward song, Half-Caste Woman. Wong's relationship with family and mother's death is analysed. It also evaluates the controversial casting of German actress Luis Rainer in lead female role in film adaptation of Pearl Buck novel, The Good Earth, bypassing Wong. Wong responded to racial casting by announcing trip to China.

Keywords:   Shanghai Express, Daughter of the Dragon, Marlene Dietrich, Vaudeville, Warner Oland, Sessue Hayakawa, Chinese American Family

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