Saturday, May 17, 2014

San Francisco Screening of Anna May Wong documentary

For PBS viewers in the San Francisco Bay Area: Join KQED and Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) for an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration and film screening on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:30pm. The film to be screened is a 2012 PBS documentary, Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words, by Yunah Hong.

"Anna May Wong knew she wanted to be a movie star from the time she was a young girl—and by 17 she became one. A third generation Chinese American, she went on to make dozens of films in Hollywood and Europe . She was one of the few actors to successfully transition from silent to sound cinema, co-starring with Marlene Dietrich, Anthony Quinn and Douglas Fairbanks along the way. She was glamorous, talented and cosmopolitan—yet she spent most of her career typecast either as a painted doll or a scheming dragon lady. For years, older generations of Chinese Americans frowned upon the types of roles she played; however today, a younger generation of Asian Americans sees her as a pioneering artist, who succeeded in a hostile environment that hasn't altogether changed." For more information, visit

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