Screening: ‘Daughter of Shanghai’
The USC U.S.-China Institute and the USC East Asian Library present a screening of Daughter of Shanghai, a documentary featuring actress Tsai Chin talking about her life, scenes from the films and series she has starred in and footage of celebrities talking about Tsai’s influence on them.
Directed by Michelle Chen Miao, 90-minutes
The dramatic tale of Tsai Chin, one of the first Chinese actresses to break to the West. From celebrity to anonymity and back, Tsai Chin brings significant representations of Asians to mainstream-media. As the first Chinese star to perform in London’s West End, Tsai earned rave reviews in the star role of Suzie in The World of Suzie Wong in the late 1950s. Now, at the age of 85, the Shanghai-born actress, lives in Los Angeles. Chen’s extensive research for the documentary included staying at Tsai’s house for 10 days, tracking down friends and relatives, and reading her 1990 autobiography Daughter of Shanghai, which was reissued in paperback in 1994 and was translated into multiple languages. Chen’s film is a warts-and-all account of Tsai’s life that doesn’t shy away from the tensions between her and her family. Read more at South China Morning Post.
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