Anna May Wong Becomes The First Asian American to Emerge On US Currency

The first Asian American to be depicted on US currency will be the illustrious Hollywood actress Anna May Wong. Wong's picture will appear on quarters all around the country starting on Monday...

In a 1933 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Wong asked, "Why is it that the screen Chinese is almost invariably the villain of the movie, and such a horrible villain - ruthless, devious, a snake in the grass? We don't operate that way...

Wong, who is regarded as one of Hollywood's most attractive female actors, was never given a romantic lead role since it was illegal for individuals of various races to kiss on television, according to the New York Times...

She additionally gave theatre performances in London and New York, once sharing the stage with Laurence Olivier. Wong received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. The next year, she passed away...

Wong was said to as "a fearless crusader who championed for increased representation and more multi-dimensional parts for Asian American performers" in a news release regarding the coin by the director of the US Mint, Ventris Gibson...