It’s ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH. We take a look at the career and life of the woman considered the first Chinese American Hollywood movie star and the first Chinese American actress to gain international recognition – ANNA MAY WONG ( January 3, 1905 to February 3, 1961 ).
We learn about Ms. Wong from Oscar nominated, Peabody, and triple Sundance award winning filmmaker, author, and curator Arthur Dong. His new book HOLLYWOOD CHINESE: THE CHINESE IN AMERICAN FEATURE FILMS tells her story and the story of Chinese Americans in the film industry.
“Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films” by Arthur Dong
Mr. Dong’s expertise can be appreciated at the Formosa Café and the new back bar, the Yee Mee Loo, which pays homage to the 1930’s Chinatown haunt condemned and demolished after the Northridge earthquake. The new back bar at the Formosa Café features a gallery of photos documenting stories of Chinese American actors, producers and directors dating back to 1917 including Chinese Westerns.
Yee Mee Loo Back Bar
7156 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046