Monday, November 8, 2010


Lately I've been thinking about Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American actress to take Hollywood by storm, even though she was relegated to roles playing the stereotypical inscrutable dragon lady or the long-suffering mistress of some white guy.  Her characters always met some sordid, unfortunate end, prompting her to joke that she had already "died a thousand deaths".  Anna was a tall California beauty who managed to fill her claustrophobic roles to the brim with her charisma and elegance.  The first film I saw with her in it was Piccadilly, a 1929 silent film where she wore a sailor striped shirt to perfection and danced on a table with nonchalant sensuality.  Then I saw her in Shanghai Express with Marlene Dietrich, where she made me fall completely in love with one line:

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So I thought I'd share some of my favorite images of her here, before I run off to Hong Kong tomorrow.  Enjoy!


  1. Dorothy! I'm subbing for a jewelry-making class at the high school today and tomorrow. As I was watching the kids work, I thought of you and decided to check out your official site. Your pieces look amazing! Keep up the good work :)

  2. Hey Diana!

    Haha, I just said goodbye to your mom at the hotel here. Thanks for checking out my stuff! I also hopped over to your blog and I'm super impressed with your dedication to teaching and pedagogical theory. Your students are lucky to have you.