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Shirley Jennifer Lim Faculty Book Discussion

Lim re-evaluates pioneering the Chinese American actress’ life and work as a consummate artist by mining an historical archive of her efforts outside of Hollywood cinema. Wong made more than sixty films, headlined theater and vaudeville productions, and even starred in her own television show. Her work helped shape racial modernity as she embodied the dominant image of Chinese and “Oriental” women between 1925 and 1940.

By considering the salient moments of Wong’s career and cultural output, Lim’s analysis explores the deeper meanings and positions the actress as a historical and cultural entrepreneur who rewrote categories of representation.

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  Lim book cover Shirley Jennifer Lim is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Stony Brook and the author of A Feeling of Belonging: Asian American Women's Public Culture, 1930-1960.