The Warmth of Other Suns

Katie Gee Salisbury
ZORA
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14 min readJan 30, 2024

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how Paul Robeson & Josephine Baker’s success in Europe paved the way for Anna May Wong

Anna May Wong descending from a train, bouquet in hand, courtesy of Creative Commons

The story of Anna May Wong’s sojourn in Europe has become the stuff of legend. Seeing that there was nothing for her in Hollywood — except the same old exoticized roles where she never got the guy and died in the end (or sometimes died at the very beginning) — she gathered up…

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Katie Gee Salisbury
ZORA
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Author of NOT YOUR CHINA DOLL, a new biography of Anna May Wong, forthcoming from Dutton on March 12, 2024. Available for pre-order: www.notyourchinadoll.com