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WORLDMAKING FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE:
A DIALOGUE WITH CHINA
從全球視閾看“世界”的建構:對話中國

To Be an Actress: Labor and Performance in Anna May Wong's Cross-Media World

Yiman Wang – 2024

Between 1919 and 1961, pioneering Chinese American actress Anna May Wong established an enduring legacy that encompassed cinema, theater, radio, and American television. Born in Los Angeles, yet with her US citizenship scrutinized due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, Wong—a defiant misfit—innovated nuanced performances to subvert the racism and sexism that beset her life and career. In this critical study of Wong's cross-media and transnational career, Yiman Wang marshals extraordinary archival research and a multifocal approach to illuminate a lifelong labor of performance. Viewing Wong as a performer and worker, not just a star, To Be an Actress adopts a feminist decolonial perspective to speculatively meet her as an interlocutor while inviting a reconsideration of racialized, gendered, and migratory labor as the bedrock of the entertainment industries. A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.

Title
To Be an Actress: Labor and Performance in Anna May Wong's Cross-Media World
Author
Yiman Wang
Publisher
University of California Press
Location
Berkely
Date
2024-06
Identifier
https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.189
Citation
Wang, Yiman. 2024. To Be an Actress: Labor and Perfomance in Anna May Wong's Cross-Media World. Berkely: University of California Press.