On March 25, 2018, 2 to 4 p.m.
Lady Tsen Mei/Josephine Moy: The First Chinese (American) Film Star
Dr. Ramona Curry, Associate Professor of English and Media & Cinema Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the career and star image of Lady Tsen Mei, a now largely forgotten pioneering stage and screen entertainer who rose to prominence in the early years of film. The career of Lady Tsen Mei, born Josephine Moy, yields a particularly revealing history of the challenges for aspiring Chinese and other “racialized” entertainers in America of the early 20th century. Dr. Curry will present archival materials in conjunction with her talk, including surviving clips from Mei’s film, Lotus Blossom (1921), which was filmed in Boyle Heights and premiered on Hill Street in Downtown Los Angeles.
Space is limited and reservations are recommended.
Call 626.968.8492 or visit the museum’s website for more information.
The Homestead Museum provides a unique way to look at Southern California's history from the 1840s, when this land was still part of Mexico, through the 1920s, when Los Angeles came to be known worldwide as a major metropolitan city. This six-acre site features two historic homes and one of the oldest private cemeteries in Southern California. Through all of its programs, the museum strives to create advocates for history through the stories of greater Los Angeles. For more information about the museum, call (626) 968-8492 or visit us online at homesteadmuseum.org