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Saturday, 25 July 2009
Anna May Wong Must Die! website now live
After much joy, tears and heartache, you can now visit the Anna May Wong Must Die! website here.
It has all the info about my latest one-woman show, a multimedia-illustrated journey through the life and crimes of Anna May Wong, Hollywood's first Chinese movie star. Anna May challenged prejudice and the racism enshrined in American law to become the most famous Chinese woman in the world in the 1920s and 30s. She wasn't allowed to kiss a leading man if he was white, even if he was in yellowface and playing a Chinese character, and she lost plum roles to white actors who the studios claimed could portray the inner humanity of the Chinese better than the Chinese themselves. She died in 1961 aged only 56, falling into obscurity for nearly half a century.
Now, if that's not asking for a satirical look at where we are in terms of the Chinese diaspora, I don't know what is. I hope the show goes some way towards reclaiming Anna May Wong for all of us through comedy, music and some pertinent observations.
You'll be able to find dates, news, press, pictures, music, videos and articles on the show. As it's early days yet, some of the pages still don't have their content, but this'll change soon.
I've also knocked up the poster above which I hope everyone finds eye-catching and effective.
And, yes, it IS a lampshade. Why do you ask?