Shanghai Express (1932) is probably the film for which Anna May Wong, is best remembered, also starring Marlene Dietrich & Clive Brook. Find out about the Lincheng Outrage of 1923, the international incident that rocked the world and inspired the 1932 film.
Who wrote the short story of Shanghai Express? Why is the author forgotten and not even mentioned in the credits of the film? And why did Anna May Wong tour Melbourne & Sydney for the Tivoli Theatres in 1939?
This will be the third presentation inspired by the NSW Chinese Women's Relief Fund, a charity registered in 1937 to send aid to China after the Japanese invasion. In the first presentation, an associated event held with the City of Sydney for the Sydney Lunar Festival on 4 February 2023, actors were used to tell the story of the Relief Fund. Newsreel footage from the late 1930s and a radio broadcast from 1943 were used in a History Week presentation on 2 September 2023.
In the third presentation, watch Anna May Wong in Shanghai Express and find out how she became an icon for China relief during her 1939 Australian tour.