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Candid/publicity shot from 1936...

This was written on the back of the photo:
"CHINESE ACTRESS TO SEE CHINA FIRST TIME - The movie actress, ANNA MAY WONG, known on several continents for her portrayal of Oriental roles, reveal that she has never seen China, as she sails on the President Hoover. The star says she plans to study the Chinese theater and may take a group of Oriental players on a world tour. She was born in California."

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On a trip to China in 1936, Anna May Wong was welcomed by the country's cultural elite in cosmopolitan Beijing and Shanghai, but she had to abandon a trip to her parents' ancestral village when her progress was blocked by a crowd of protesters. Someone in the crowed denounced her with "Down with Huang Liu Tsong -- the stooge that disgraces China. Don't let her go ashore."

Upon her return from China, Wong was determined to more authentically play Chinese characters, but her only option was to reject roles she deemed racist, or to try to soften them from within inside the belly of the beast. Ultimately, for this proud woman, it was a losing battle.

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Anna's next film (after 1930's "The Flame of Love") was 1931's "Daughter of the Dragon"

Princess Ling Moy, a young and beautiful Chinese aristocrat lives next door, unbeknownst to her, to Dr. Fu Manchu, a brilliant but twisted genius who is out to rule the world. She is involved with Ah Kee, a handsome young man, who also unbeknownst to her, is a secret agent out to thwart the heinous plots of Fu Manchu. As it turns out, Fu is not only her next-door neighbor, he is also, (unbeknownst to her), her father. When she finds out, will she take her father's part and fight the men out to get Fu, or will she become a brave heroine and save the world even if it is from the devious doings of her own Dad?

Anna plays Princess Ling Moy; Warner Oland plays Dr. Fu Manchu (the older, mustached gentleman), and Sessue Hayakawa plays Ah Kee (a successful Japanese-American silent film actor making his "talkie" debut)...

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More from "Daughter of the Dragon"....

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Candids from "Daughter of the Dragon"...

Anna with Hayakawa, and Anna reading her script.

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Here's the Spanish poster from "Daughter of the Dragon"...

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I love these ultra-modern photos...

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These are great LL
I like also how on one of her head shots on the first page, she signs her name as "Orientally Yours" :p very tongue in cheek/saucy I am sure...what a brilliant lady ahead of the times!

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Quote:
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I like also how on one of her head shots on the first page, she signs her name as "Orientally Yours" :p very tongue in cheek/saucy I am sure...what a brilliant lady ahead of the times!
I hadn't noticed that!
She was very ahead of her time. Sometimes I think she's even ahead of our time...

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Very interesting thread! Thanks for starting it Luxury's Lap!
She's very beautiful!!

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I wanted to post a photo montage-comparision thing. Most of what Anna wore in her free time was a combination of modern "American" clothes and a modern interpretation of traditional Chinese clothes. Some of the costumes for her film roles were rather traditional, so I thought it'd be interesting to compare the three - Traditional, Modern/Traditional, and Modern.
First is traditional...

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A modern intrpretation of traditional...

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And now for the modern...

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A few candids....

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Anna with her sister...

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Another one with actress Marlene Dietrich and actress/filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, in 1928...

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