Anna May Wong, the world's first major Chinese screen personality, sought a lead role in Hollywood’s dramatisation of Pearl S. Buck’s China-set The Good Earth but was not even considered for the part, which went to white actress Luise Rainer – who own an Oscar for her performance.

From Charlie Chan to Crazy Rich Asians, the complex history of Asian Americans in Hollywood movies

Hollywood has put a century of what today we call ‘whitewashing’ behind it to put out a first feature with actors of Asian descent in all the main roles. How Bruce Lee, Wayne Wang, Ang Lee and Dwayne Johnson helped get us there

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Anna May Wong, the world's first major Chinese screen personality, sought a lead role in Hollywood’s dramatisation of Pearl S. Buck’s China-set The Good Earth but was not even considered for the part, which went to white actress Luise Rainer – who own an Oscar for her performance.
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