Shining Star

By Kirkus Reviews

The first Chinese-American movie star grew up in Los Angeles’s Chinatown, working in her family’s laundry, going to the movies every chance she got and even skipping school to watch the action on a local movie set. She went from an extra to a star, even though the roles she was given were often stereotypical, from “china doll” to “dragon lady.” When she visited China for the first time, after her parents had retired there, she vowed to fight the stereotypes. Wang’s watercolor-and-acrylic pictures are . . . quite lovely set pieces, like a graceful adult Anna May with floral hat and tea cup. . . . Yoo’s earnest text illuminates the actress’s life and times