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The Anna May Wong Story
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Shining Star
The Anna May Wong Story

By Paula Yoo
Lin Wang
2009, 30 pages, Hardback.

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Born in 1905, Anna May Wong spent her childhood working in her family's laundry in Los Angeles's Chinatown. Whenever she could afford it, Anna May slipped off to the movies, escaping to a world of adventure, glamour, and excitement. After seeing a film being shot in her neighborhood, young Anna May was hooked. She decided she would become a movie star!

Anna May struggled to pursue an acting career in Hollywood in the 1930s. There were very few roles for Asian Americans, and many were demeaning and stereotypical. Anna May made the most of each limited part. She worked hard and always gave her best performance. Finally, after years of unfulfilling roles, Anna May began crusading for more meaningful roles for herself and other Asian American actors.

Anna May Wong-the first Chinese American movie star-was a pioneer of the cinema. Her spirited determination in the face of discrimination is an inspiration to all who must overcome obstacles so that their dreams may come true.

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Background on Paula Yoo and Lin Wang

Paula Yoo is the author of Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds, a Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List selection and winner of Lee & Lows New Voices Award. Yoo's personal connection to show business includes writing for television programs such as The West Wing and Touched By an Angel. She and her husband live in Los Angeles, California.

Lin Wang is a classically trained portrait painter with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has illustrated several books for children, and her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators 2006 Annual Exhibition. Wang lives in Fremont, California, with her husband and their two children.

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