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In the Service of the Motherland

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888139637.003.0006
In the Service of the Motherland

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Wong returned from China to United States in 1936 determined to accept only roles with favorable Chinese roles and to support China in resistance to Japanese imperialism. Wong starred in a series of B films depicting her as a doctor, detective, and astrologist. She raised funds for China Relief and frequently appeared in public performances in Los Angeles Chinatown. She bought a home in Santa Monica and modeled it after Chinese village architecture. Wong took over parenting of her younger brother, Richard. She had torrid love affair with Eric Maschwitz who wrote song, These Foolish Things in her honor, and carried on lively correspondence with close friend Carl Van Vechten. Wong strived to maintain film career as she aged and as Hollywood turned away from Asian themes.

Keywords: B Films; China Relief; Eric Mascwitz; Carl Van Vechten; Santa Monica

Chapter.  13714 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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