Half-Caste Woman

Katie Gee Salisbury
the life and times of Anna May Wong, the first Asian American movie star, from an obsessive fan writing a book about her
Created 27 Dec 2020
  • You Have the Face of a Villain
    04 Oct 2021 • 14 min read • 4 0
    “Having made sure that I was wrong, I went ahead,” reasoned Douglas Fairbanks, when he explained how he arrived at the decision to make The Three Musketeers in 1921. In preparation for his next film, ...
  • Sorry, Wrong Asian
    07 Sep 2021 • 9 min read
    Junior year of college I spent six months studying abroad at Oxford University. Looking back on that time in my life brings back many wonderful memories. It was a charmed existence. I lived in a house...
  • Roll Call! Tell Me Something. . .
    01 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 15
    Louise Lorraine and Anna May Wong in Chinatown Charlie (1928) Happy August! Time really flies, doesn’t it? This month I’m spending a lot of quality time working on the book and reviewing the many page...
  • The Double-Edged Sword of Being Other
    05 Jul 2021 • 9 min read • 3 0
    clipping from the July 1932 issue of the New Movie magazine Researching the life of Anna May Wong and reading through articles, reviews, and interviews published nearly a hundred years ago, I frequent...
  • Hell Is Other People's Endnotes
    07 Jun 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    endnotes from Graham Russell Gao Hodges’ book Anna May Wong During senior year of college there was one task that dogged me persistently: writing my honors thesis. Every time I hung out with friends o...
  • The Magic that Happens When We Tell Our Own Stories
    02 May 2021 • 7 min read • 6 2
    Something Mel Guo said a few newsletters ago has been replaying in my head. She wrote that discovering Anna May Wong was a kind of revelation that made her want to honor AMW’s “unfulfilled potential.”...
  • Georgia on My Mind
    04 Apr 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Bowen Yang among the crowd at the Rally Against Hate on March 21, 2021, Columbus Park, Chinatown, NYC I heard the news of the Atlanta shootings while watching Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. The first words o...
  • A Not So Little 13-Letter Word
    07 Mar 2021 • 7 min read
    I’m referring, of course, to the word “miscegenation.” It’s one that comes up fairly often in my research on Anna May Wong. For the uninitiated, Merriam-Webster defines miscegenation as “a mixture of ...
  • The Invention of the Chinese Laundry
    08 Feb 2021 • 9 min read • 4 0
    a laundry on the Upper East Side, NYC, 2015 Small businesses have long been the bastion of first-generation immigrants starting out in America and hoping to build a life here. There was a time when Ch...
  • A Picture in 1,000 Words or Less
    04 Jan 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Hi there! You likely signed up for this newsletter on Substack, via my website, or at an event I hosted. If you’re a friend, family member, or colleague, I took the liberty of adding you to my mailing...
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