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On the Dragon Lady’s Trail Rediscovering the Films and Image of Anna May Wong in Classical Hollywood Cinema

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This discussion on Wong will first focus on her career, film roles, and professional challenges, as an Asian American actress negotiating Hollywood’s studio system. We will then survey the construction process of her publicity stills/ roles, her acting/performance style, and mainstream filmmaking’s othering practices for a critique of her vamp/China doll image

Keywords: Asian-American star; Madame Butterfly; industry’s prejudices; sexual icon; stereotype

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2003-09-01

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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