Anna May Wong: From Laundryman's Daughter to Hollywood Legend

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Chicago Review Press
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5.91 X 8.9 X 1.02 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
Graham Russell Gao Hodges is the George Dorland Langdon Jr. Professor of History and Africana and Latin American Studies at Colgate University. He is the author of Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver, Black New Jersey: 1664 to the Present Day, and David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City. He lives in Hamilton, New York.
"Graham Russell Gao Hodges's fascinating biography of Anna May Wong is an important contribution to not only film studies but also Asian American history and women's history." --Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking and The Chinese in America
"With great sympathy and insight, Hodges tells the story of the actress who was too 'Oriental' for the America of the time but too westernized to be accepted by the Chinese. This eminently readable and well-researched biography rescues a trailblazing figure from the fringes of film and Asian American history." --Stella Dong, author of Shanghai
"Graham Hodges has woven a spellbinding tale that sweeps you into Anna May Wong's star-crossed life, with rich details of the passions and lost loves, conflicts and triumphs, brilliance and frustrations of this daring woman born far ahead of her time. Like a scene with the great diva, this book has nuance, complexity, and drama--and I did not want it to end." --Helen Zia, author of Asian American Dreams and Last Boat Out of Shanghai
"Hodges's biography succeeds in building an impressively rich and accessible collection of Anna May Wong materials. By providing such excellent groundwork, it encourages readers to further explore the significance of biography in recovering and redressing repressed legacies, individual and collective." --Yiman Wang, in Labour / Le Travail
"A well-illustrated, accessible, scholarly addition to film and women's studies." --Booklist
"[Anna May Wong] recounts many of the difficulties racism posed for Wong, as well as her attempts to resist or speak out against prejudice and ignorance." --Women's Review of Books
"As I read Hodges's story of this unique and pioneering woman, my heart went out to her. Intelligent, beautiful, hardworking, and talented, Anna May Wong never realized the happiness or success that she most wanted." --Suzanne Broderick, in Film & History