"Chinese-American solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. I stand with you" "To my Asian community and family- The people I love and cherish taught me that if you are not actively unlearning your racism, specifically anti-black racism, you’re perpetuating a vicious cycle of violence against black and brown bodies. When I was younger, there were implicit messages about black people and this underlying fear or black folks within the Chinese community. I didn’t even have to hear it..."
Anna May Wong (1920s) Considered the first Chinese American movie star, She was also the first Asian American actress to gain international fame. Wong was significantly limited by the contemporary treatment of race in America. She was considered foreign (despite being born in Los Angeles),& was cast in stereotypically exotic roles; additionally, anti-miscegenation laws prevented Wong from sharing an on-screen kiss with any actor of another race.
Polly Bemis was a Chinese American pioneer who lived in Idaho in the late 19th and early 20th century. Her story became a biographical novel, and was fictionalized in the 1991 film A Thousand Pieces of Gold.
Anna May Wong in Großstadtschmetterling, 1929.~~American actress, the first Chinese American movie star, and the first Asian American to become an international star. Her long and varied career spanned both silent and sound film, television, stage, and radio.
Uncover is an interactive installation that was created as part of the re-branding for the Chinese American Museum. The goal of this project was to raise awareness for the forgotten history of the first Chinese immigrants. Their role in the creation of modern America is often overlooked and unappreciated. Because of these circumstances, the new generation of Chinese Americans don’t have a sense of the heritage. Their lack of a connection to their culture motivated me to create a installation…