Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend

Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend

by Graham Russell Gao Hodges


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ISBN-13: 9789888139637
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 703,758
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Graham Russell Gao Hodges is the George Dorland Langdon, Jr. Professor of History and Africana Studies at Colgate University.

Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xv

List of Illustrations xxiii

1 Childhood 1

2 Seeking Stardom 27

3 Europe 65

4 Atlantic Crossings 99

5 China 141

6 In the Service of the Motherland 159

7 Becoming Chinese American 191

Epilogue 207

Filmography 213

Television Appearances 223

Notes 225

Selected Bibliography 251

Index 265

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Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
kidsilkhaze on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anna May Wong is a fascinating person.It would be nice if Gao Hodges didn't have her on such a pedastal, then *maybe* he could be a little more objective about his subject. Maybe he'd give her some depth and dimension. I bet she'd be even more fascinating then.There are several small factual inconsistencies and an uneven transliteration style (talking about Nanjing and Nanking in the same chapter.) There are also some glaring omissions, for instance he was describing a guest appearance on a television show and said that her bottom lip was still stiff from a near fatal stroke two years previous.This was THE ONLY MENTION of said stroke. You'd think something like that would at least warrant its own sentence!Dissapointing
Chiffon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm currently reading this biography and it's fascinating. I really appreciate the photographs of her and her family in the middle of the book, though I wish there was more. Anna May was such a novelty at the time being one of the only Chinese actresses in Hollywood during the earlier half of the twentieth century. I've never watched her films, but I first heard of her when I saw part of "Piccadilly", a silent film made in the 20s which I believe propelled her to stardom. It's mentioned in the biography as well. The book reflecting on Anna May's life is sort of bittersweet. Her desires and success in her career was confined by the social norms of the day and also by the cultural ambiguity of being Chinese American. Though Anna was from a completely time, I think she's still very relatable to the modern woman. I think it's a perfect book for someone who is interested in classic films and Asian American culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Politically correct claptrap. As a scholar of African American history, Hodges sees every aspect of Anna May's life through the prism of racism, simultaneously ignoring her own success in spite thereof. Blaming racism for her horrendous choices of lovers is just plain nonsense. At the end, one wonders if there was actually anything interesting about Anna May Wong at all.