Episode from the podcastMobituaries with Mo Rocca

Anna May Wong: Death of a Trailblazer

Released Friday, 7th February 2020
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Anna May Wong wasn't supposed to be in the movies. Her laundryman father was dead set against it. And Hollywood preferred white actors in "yellow face" for Asian characters. But Wong knew what she wanted. With her talent, beauty and tenacity, she ran a gauntlet of social and legal obstacles to become Hollywood's very first Chinese-American star. Mo talks with comedian Margaret Cho, actress Rosalind Chao and best-selling author Lisa See about the woman who is finally getting her due.
This episode made me want to go back and re-watch all the Anna May Wong movies I have seen and appreciate her so much more. I had no idea how much she drove herself to success, and how much that success cost her. I hope someone makes a movie of her life, and I would like an actor with Chinese heritage to play her. ;-)
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