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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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(p.141) Five China
Anna May Wong

Graham Russell Gao Hodges

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses Anna May Wong's much heralded first trip to China in 1936. It also looks into the controversy in China whether to accept her and the furious coverage of her past roles, inability to speak Mandarin and her single status. It discusses how Wong earned friendship in Shanghai of prominent Chinese, Wellington Koo, Lin Yutang and Meil Lanfang and Chinese film star Hu Due. It also talks about Wong's turbulent visit to the ancestral village near Tashan, and her travels to Tianjin, Beijing, and plans to incorporate Chinese drama into her acting.

Keywords:   Hu Die, Wellington Koo, Lin Yutang, Mei Lanfang, Shanghai, Chinese nationalism, Taishan

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