Starting out as an extra in the early days of silent cinema Anna May Wong (Los Angeles, 1906) was one of the first Chinese-American actresses on the silver screen. She managed to land several roles but was often cast as the stereotypical Dragon Lady. Disillusioned about the discrimination she encountered she moved to Europe in 1928 where she became a sensation and worked with people like Marlene Dietrich. During the 1930s, she went back and forth between America and Europe and became increasingly more political, speaking about the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and the continuing racist portrayal of the Chinese in mainstream cinema, which made her working life difficult at times. She died in 1961.
Anna May Wong as the mesmerizing Shosho in the silent film Piccadilly (1929).
Song: Temptation by Martin Denny.