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Soo Yong (1903-1984): Hollywood Celebrity and Cultural Interpreter

Soo Yong (1903-1984): Hollywood Celebrity and Cultural Interpreter <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Following Broadway roles in the 1920s and serving as cultural translator for Mei Lanfang's Peking Opera tour of North America in 1930, Soo Yong (1903-84) acted in twenty-three Hollywood films and numerous television shows. Born in Hawaii to Chinese immigrant parents who were supporters of Sun Yat-sen and educated at Columbia Teachers College, Soo Yong combined Chinese and Western values without becoming the type of Westernized "Modern Girl" represented by Anna May Wong. Her roles present a softer Orientalism that allowed ethnic dignity and did not offend her Chinese-American audiences or her Nationalist friends in China. In contrast to the two-year younger Anna May Wong, she was able to balance several worlds and to sustain a position as an off-screen, cultural translator.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American-East Asian Relations Brill

Soo Yong (1903-1984): Hollywood Celebrity and Cultural Interpreter

Journal of American-East Asian Relations , Volume 17 (4): 372 – Jan 1, 2010

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1058-3947
eISSN
1876-5610
DOI
10.1163/187656111X564315
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Following Broadway roles in the 1920s and serving as cultural translator for Mei Lanfang's Peking Opera tour of North America in 1930, Soo Yong (1903-84) acted in twenty-three Hollywood films and numerous television shows. Born in Hawaii to Chinese immigrant parents who were supporters of Sun Yat-sen and educated at Columbia Teachers College, Soo Yong combined Chinese and Western values without becoming the type of Westernized "Modern Girl" represented by Anna May Wong. Her roles present a softer Orientalism that allowed ethnic dignity and did not offend her Chinese-American audiences or her Nationalist friends in China. In contrast to the two-year younger Anna May Wong, she was able to balance several worlds and to sustain a position as an off-screen, cultural translator.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

Journal of American-East Asian RelationsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: MODERN CHINESE WOMANHOOD; THE GOOD EARTH; CHINESE AMERICAN; ANNA MAY WONG; HOLLYWOOD FILM; MEI LANFANG

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