Esther Eng was a trailblazer in Hollywood, directing 10 Chinese-language films between 1937 and 1961, but only two have survived to this day. Photo: handout

Why haven’t we heard of early LGBTQ+ icon Esther Eng, Hollywood’s first Chinese female filmmaker?

She is remembered as America’s first Chinese female film writer, director and producer, a successful entrepreneur and open lesbian – why haven’t we heard about her until now?

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Esther Eng was a trailblazer in Hollywood, directing 10 Chinese-language films between 1937 and 1961, but only two have survived to this day. Photo: handout
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Commissioning Editor at SCMP and Editor of Sands Style magazine, Lisa Cam enjoys reporting and editing all things about food, travel and anything in between. She also draws on years of banking experience to write business and financial articles. At the end of the day, she likes nothing more than kicking back to a good dose of true crime stories and cooking tried and true recipes from sticky old cookbooks.