Interesting Lady: Anna May Wong
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. Here she became a sensation and worked with the likes of Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl.
During the 1930s, she traveled between America and Europe and became increasingly political. Her statements about the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and the continuing racist portrayal of Chinese in mainstream cinema made her working life difficult at times. She died in 1961.