Life Story: Anna May Wong (1905–1961)

The First Asian American Movie Star

The story of a Chinese American woman who achieved international fame as a film actor despite racism and stereotyping.

Content Warning: This life story contains a racial slur.

Anna May Wong

Anna May Wong, 1928. Everett Collection

Chinatown Charlie

Chinatown Charlie, Anna May Wong, 1928. Everett Collection

Anna May Wong Identification Card

Anna May Wong Identification Card, August 1924. National Archives and Records Administration, San Francisco.

This video was created by the New-York Historical Society Teen Leaders in collaboration with the Untold project.