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The Story of Movie Star Anna May Wong

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By School Library Journal

Short, informative, readable chapters chronicle the fascinating life of actress Anna May Wong and the experiences of Chinese Americans in the early 20th century. The author also deftly explores issues of representation, inclusivity, and identity in U.S. history and culture. Yoo depicts Wong as a woman who succeeded at a time when there were limited roles for Asian Americans, yet the author also acknowledges Hollywood's whitewashing and stereotypical portrayal of Asian people. Contemporaneous photos capture the look and mood of the times, in particular Hollywood, and Wang's illustrations add nuance. Some words appear in bold and are defined in the glossary. The detailed and organized back matter, which includes sources, recommended further reading by topic, and suggested films, will please report writers and casual readers alike. VERDICT An excellent chapter book biography for elementary schoolers.