Anna May Wong Glitch, 2020
Collaboration with Karen Tam (@artkarentam)
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm
Signed and numbered on reverse edition of 9 / 5 AP
19 x 11 inch / 48 x 29cm
Collaboration with Karen Tam
% to ICFAC
As the Trump administration ramps up the blame game against China for Covid 19 the racial tensions against Asians have spiked with attacks. Since 1978, the US marks the month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage (APAH), to recognise the historical contributions and cultural influences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. To counter the dehumanising dangers of racializing a virus; a political weaponizing of a global pandemic, this collaboration between Karen Tam and Gordon Cheung seeks to celebrate those who despite systemic racism rose through the world and helped to humanise Chinese Americans to white audiences.
Anna May Wong 黄柳霜 (1905-1961)
Born Wong Liu Tsong, Chinese American actress Anna May Wong is considered to be the first international Chinese American film star. Her first leading role was in the 1922 The Toll of the Sea and for the next few years continued to play supporting roles in Hollywood. However, frustrated by being typecast in stereotypical roles and passed over for lead Asian roles due to her ethnicity, she moved to Europe in 1928 where she starred in notable films such as Schmutziges Geld (1928) and Picadilly (1929). During WWII, Wong devoted most of her energy to China War Relief effort and the Chinese American community's efforts to publicize their patriotism to both China and the United States. She continued to work in film, television, stage, and radio, both in Hollywood and Europe and made history in 1951 with The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, the first US television series starring an Asian American series lead. Written specifically for Wong, she played a dealer in Chinese art who was also a detective. Despite Anna May Wong breaking barriers in Hollywood and the success of recent films such as 'The Farewell' and 'Crazy Rich Asians', there is continued gender and racial inequities in Hollywood, and underrepresentation of Asian American actors and stories.
Anna May Wong Glitch
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