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EP 455: Dr. Yunte Huang On Daughter Of The Dragon Anna May Wong

UC Santa Barbara English Professor Dr. Yunte Huang recently published the final book in his “Rendezvous With American History” trilogy. Following the ones about the real and fictional detective Charlie Chan and the unbelievable one about the Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker, Huang has now researched and written a thoroughgoing book about Hollywood’s first Asian American movie star Anna May Wong. How did the daughter of a laundryman in LA’s Chinatown get bit by the acting bug? Have the rumors about her sexuality been confirmed? Why did she suddenly depart for Germany after starring in her most successful film? When she returned to America, had the racist attitudes and restrictions in Hollywood improved at all? Had all that time in front of cameras stolen her soul, as her parents first warned her?