Atlantic Crossings

Graham Russell Gao Hodges

in Anna May Wong

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9789888139637
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882208698 | DOI:
Atlantic Crossings

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This chapter discusses Wong's trans-Atlantic Career over seven years. It details her stardom in Shanghai Express with Dietrich and Daughter of the Dragon with Warner Oland and Sessue Hayakawa. It uncovers Wong's Vaudeville routine around Europe based upon Noel Coward song, Half-Caste Woman. Wong's relationship with family and mother's death is analysed. It also evaluates the controversial casting of German actress Luis Rainer in lead female role in film adaptation of Pearl Buck novel, The Good Earth, bypassing Wong. Wong responded to racial casting by announcing trip to China.

Keywords: Shanghai Express; Daughter of the Dragon; Marlene Dietrich; Vaudeville; Warner Oland; Sessue Hayakawa; Chinese American Family

Chapter.  17560 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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