Anna May Wong Will Be First Asian-American Featured on U.S. Currency

Next week, the U.S. mint will start distributing coins worth a quarter of a dollar featuring Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong.

The first Asian-American to be featured on U.S. currency, the actress was chosen as part of a program that celebrates American women.

Wong is frequently the face of Asian-American representation in U.S. cinema. The actress rose to fame in the 1920s for starring in ‘Dragon Lady’ roles, a stereotype of a strong and cunning femme fatale.

Unhappy with the stereotypical supporting roles she was offered in the U.S., Wong moved to Europe in the 1930s. There, she starred in both silent films and talkies and quickly became a sensation.

Both Chinese and American netizens are celebrating the news about her visage being commemorated on U.S. currency. Click the icon below for more stories about Chinese Americans.