Anna May Wong

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Anna May Wong was the first Chinese American film star and actress, with a prolific career in silent films, television, and stage. Wong was born in 1905 in the Chinatown area of Los Angeles, and in 1922,she acted in the film The Toll of the Sea, one of the first movies made in Technicolor. Although she was typecast into stereotypical 'Dragon Lady' or demure 'Butterfly' roles, Anna May Wong helped to humanize Chinese Americans to mainstream American audiences during an intense period of discrimination and racism towards Asians.

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