Toll of the Sea, The (1922)
This made Anna May Wong the first Asian leading lady in a motion picture. She later become the first Asian lady to have a TV show. This role is much different that the anti-Japanese films she did in the 40′s. She was looked on as Chinese, but was born and grew up in California.
She had a hard time finding work as a leading lady because a Chinese woman kissing a white man was just not done in 1922. She did quite a few films in Europe and vaudeville, which didn’t work out really well. Still, she usually found herself singled out for acclaim with everything she did.yt: