Anna May Wong wasn’t supposed to be in the movies.
Her laundryman father was dead set against it. And Hollywood preferred white actors in “yellow face” for Asian characters. But Wong knew what she wanted. With her talent, beauty and tenacity, she ran a gauntlet of social and legal obstacles to become Hollywood’s very first Chinese-American star. Mo talks with comedian Margaret Cho, actress Rosalind Chao and best-selling author Lisa See about the woman who is finally getting her due.
The Mobituaries book is out now.
If you love the stories of the remarkable people (and things) that Mo profiles on his Mobituaries podcast, then look for the Mobituaries book on November 5, 2019. It’s filled with new stories you haven’t heard on the podcast. You’ll learn about Marlene Dietrich, the pre-presidency of Herbert Hoover, Ada Lovelace – the 19th century mathematician credited as the first computer programmer, and the strange afterlife of Einstein’s brain. You can purchase the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or at your favorite independent bookstore. The audiobook is now available on Audible, the Google Play store, and Apple Books.