A Celestial Star in Piccadilly: Anna Chen presents Anna May Wong, BBC R4

Anna Chen aka Madam Miaow presents a half-hour profile of Anna May Wong, Hollywood’s first Chinese movie star, tomorrow morning on BBC Radio 4.

Starring with Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express, killed off in most of her movies, a huge hit in Europe, reviled in China, Anna May was the most visible Chinese woman in the world during the 1920s and 30s. Stuck playing dragon ladies and lotus blossoms all her career, who wouldn’t crack? So what happened to her?

To be broadcast 11:30, Tuesday 13th January 2009, coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the making of Anna May’s British hit, Piccadilly.

A Celestial Star in Piccadilly is Pick of the Week in the Guardian (Saturday Guardian Guide), Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday.

Media on Anna Chen’s last radio series, Chinese In Britain
“A fascinating story” – Chris Campling, The Times
“Each episode sounded effortless only because it had been crafted with such supreme care” – Gillian Reynolds, The Daily Telegraph

Please come back — more later tonight.

Madam Miaow says … visit Anna Chen’s website here:


Anna’s food blog here:

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