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Anna May Wong in The Circle of Chalk

Miss Anna May wong as Chang-Hi-Tang dancing before the tea-shop keeper in The Circle of Chalk, an ancient Chinese lay translated into English by James Laver and produced at the New Theatre in London by Mr. Basil Dean, with a cast headed by Anna May Wong as Chang-Hi-Tang, a young girl who is sold to a tea-house by her poverty striken mother. Date: 1929

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Actors Anna Basil Chalk Circle Dean Laver Translated Translation Wong 1929


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Anna May Wong, the pioneering Chinese-American actress, is captured in this enchanting photograph as she gracefully dances the role of Chang-Hi-Tang in the ancient Chinese play "The Circle of Chalk," which was brought to life in London's New Theatre in 1929. Directed by Basil Dean and translated into English by James Laver, this production marked a significant milestone in the representation of Asian characters on the British stage. Chang-Hi-Tang, a young girl sold to a tea-house by her impoverished mother, is depicted here in the moment before her dance before the tea-shop keeper. Wong's expressive facial features and fluid movements convey the depth of emotion and resilience of her character, captivating the audience with her authentic portrayal. This photograph is a testament to Wong's groundbreaking career and her ability to challenge stereotypes and break barriers in the entertainment industry. Her performance in "The Circle of Chalk" paved the way for future Asian actors and actresses to make their mark on the international stage. The production of "The Circle of Chalk" in London during 1929 was a landmark moment in the history of Asian representation in Western theatre. This photograph serves as a reminder of Wong's extraordinary talent and the impact she had on the entertainment industry, both in America and abroad.

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