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November 20, 2019 6:30PM


MOCATalks with Danielle Seid: Anna May Wong and Television Stardom


Founded in 1980, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street will continue to be a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, while striving to be a model among interactive museums.


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Danielle Seid joins us to talk about the iconic Asian American film star Anna May Wong, who, in the 1950s, appeared on numerous television programs such as Adventures in Paradise, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, and Mike Hammer. A pioneer in early American television, in 1951, Wong also starred in a series for the Dumont Network called The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, a show sadly missing from TV archives. Danielle will situate Wong’s television stardom within recent studies of and popular interest in Wong’s life and film career. In particular, Danielle will ask what Wong’s late career performances, which were primarily on TV but also included a few minor roles in film, suggest about aging Asian American stardom and Wong’s symbolic importance to the transition from the Chinese exclusion era to 1950s Cold War multiculturalism. Danielle Seid is an assistant professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY. Her varied interests in media include film and TV history, racial performance, documentary film, and celebrity culture. Currently she is working on a book that examines the forgotten histories of Asian American women on US network television as media artifacts of US empire in Asia and the Pacific. Her scholarly work has appeared or is forthcoming in Amerasia, Feminist Media Studies, Feminist Media Histories,TSQ, and The Journal of Popular Culture.

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The Museum of Chinese in America

215 Centre Street New York, NY 10013