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The Wrath of the Gods (1914): Articles


Sessue Hayakawa: Pioneering East Asian Hollywood Star

Sessue Hayakawa: Pioneering East Asian actor in Old Hollywood Japanese-born actor Sessue Hayakawa, a Hollywood star in the 1910s, is discussed in Anthony Venutolo's The Star-Ledger article “Cinema can't keep up with Hayakawa's strides”: Progress is never a straight line. Gains are made and lost, breakthroughs braked by backlashes. Lasting change is less a result of revolution than evolution – minds slowly won, hearts gradually softened. Which is why the enlightened past can sometimes feel like the far-off future. Today, Asian actors are coldly marginalized. Yet 90 years ago, one of Hollywood's biggest stars was Japanese. He co-starred opposite white actresses. He even ran his own production company – a first for a minority performer. His career as an American […]


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Sessue Hayakawa: Pioneering East Asian Hollywood Star