On March 2, a friend and I attended the opening night of God of Carnage with its third cast featuring Dylan Baker, Jeff Daniels,
Janet McTeer and Lucy Liu. I had been meaning to see God of Carnage since it opened on Broadway about two years ago but just hadn’t gotten around to it. Lucy Liu was one of the 2009 Honorees at the Museum of Chinese in America Legacy Dinner in December. We at MOCA, as well as the Chinese American community, were very excited when we heard that Lucy was making her Broadway debut this season. There are already plans underway to organize a MOCA contingent to see the show, so stay tuned to the website for details. I am sure other Asian American affinity organizations are thinking of doing the same. I can assure you, theater-goers won’t be disappointed with the play or the performances. Lucy and the entire cast were fantastic!
If you have been to the new MOCA, you will know that we have a section in “Welcome to Chinatown!” that features Chinese in Hollywood’s imaginations. In this section there is a Core Portrait featuring Anna May Wong (1905-1961), the most famous Chinese American actress of the 20s & 30s who lost out to Louise
Rainer for the role of O-Lan in the film version of The Good Earth. Louise Rainer won the first of her two Oscars for best actress for the role O-Lan in 1937. If Anna May Wong had gotten the role of O-Lan and given the Oscar-winning performance, she would have been the first non-Caucasian actress to win an Oscar, beating Hattie McDaniel’s performance in Gone with the Wind in 1939. Just some food for thought on this coming Sunday evening…
For those of you eager to learn more about Anna May Wong, please join us on Thursday, March 18 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for our Work in Progress Series featuring the screening of Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words. Admission is free through our Target Free Thursdays program. Come join us for this screening and help us celebrate Chinese American actresses!
S. Alice Mong, Director, MOCA