Anna May Wong Must Die! at the St Ives Arts Festival

One mo’ time …

Anna performs Anna May Wong Must Die! at the St Ives Arts Cub, Westcotts Quay, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26, 7pm, Sunday 20th September, as part of the St Ives Arts Festival. Tickets: £6.00 More Info: 01736 797122

Anna May Wong Must Die! is Anna Chen’s one-woman show about Hollywood’s first Chinese movie star. This personal journey through the life and crimes of Anna May Wong grew from a half-hour programme about the actress, A Celestial Star In Piccadilly, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2009, written and presented by Anna.

Part comedy, part social critique, this funny, fascinating look at the movie icon dismantles Chinese stereotypes and reveals the human side of the dragon lady of dragon ladies.

Venue: St Ives Arts Club, Westcotts Quay
Date: Sunday 20th September 2009
Time: 7pm
Tickets: £6 from the Guildhall festival box-office
Info: 01736 797122 or

More info here

Anna Chen reads from her novel-in-progress, Coolie, her story about the Chinese workers on the transcontinental railroad who went on strike in the 1860s.

In a scintillating double-bill, she appears with Charles Shaar Murray who will be reading from his novel, The Hellhound Sample, a spooky tale about three generations of a black American music dynasty and an English guitar hero, about to be published by Headpress.

Venue: The Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
Date: Wednesday 23rd September 2009
Time: 6:30pm
Details to be confirmed

Photo of Anna by Sukey Parnell

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


Anna’s food blog here:

13 thoughts on “Anna May Wong Must Die! at the St Ives Arts Festival”

  1. You're going to St Ives again! You've just been there in May. Was the place full to the rafters last time that they demanded a second showing?

    How do you travel there and where do you stay?

  2. Hi Ed and Renegade, I hope one day soon you'll get to see AMWMD. Dunno when Charles's pub date is yet.

    Yup, Mr Divine. It was. Car and flat. Rental, sadly. Wish it was mine.

  3. Good luck with your show – come and put it on in Bristol one day if you can! I'm speaking at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair this Saturday on'Can China Save The World Economy' – any suggestions or good jokes appreciated!

  4. Thanks, all.

    The grimmest joke of all, Will, is that 90% of China's yuan billionaires are the children of the bureaucrats who ran the state assets.

    The fact that Milton Friedman visited China in September 1988, a few months before the Tiananmen crackdown, speaks volumes. Yes, they might save the world economy, but for who?

    Naomi Klein is so sharp on this in The Shock Doctrine.

  5. Thanks for this MM – i'll take a look at shock doctrine. I'll send you a copy of my talk if i can find your e-mail. I you had a mo i could do with a read through by someone who actually knows something about China – before i throw myself on the mercy of bristol's anarchists

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