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Anna May Wong on U.S. Quarter

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The U.S. Mint began The American Women Quarters Program in 2022 and will feature five women each year until 2025. Anna May Wong, a Chinese American actress, was on the first coin introduced in October 2022.

Anna May Wong, was born in Los Angeles in 1905 to Chinese immigrants. Her birth name was  Wong Liu Tsong. She appeared in over sixty movies and had the lead role as a Chinese detective on a U.S. TV show. Because of the discrimination she faced in the U.S., she also worked in European films. In 1960 she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Anna May Wong, Silver Screen Collection
Anna May Wong – Certificate of Identity National Archives Identifier: 5720287 8/28/1924 National Archives, San Bruno

Chinese American Actress’s Story Illustrates ‘Othering’ of Immigrants” by Victoria Blue, National Archives News, 30 March 2021; updated 10 May 2022.