The Chinese-American actress was the first Asian Hollywood star. Her career started, in 1922, within films for which she always portrayed the exotic venomous heroine. Frustrated by the stereotype roles Hollywood offered, the actress travelled to Europe where she gained much recognition and became a fashion icon before returning to America where anti-miscegenation laws limited her career. Not finding her place in her native country, she decided to visit China at the end of the 1930s where the communist propaganda rejected her. She came back to America where she played minor roles until the 1950s. Anna May Wong perfectly illustrates the 'East meets West' conflict, finding herself at the boarders of two cultures that disdained her; her desire to become a Hollywood star was challenged by Chinese beliefs such as her mantra: 'Don't be photographed too much or you'll lose your soul'.