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Movie star Anna May Wong shines on the quarter

Chinese American actor Anna May Wong, whose first film appearance was in 1922 was "Chinese Parrot," appears on Jan. 22, 1946. More than 60 years after her death, Wong will be the first Asian American to grace U.S. currency. The U.S. Mint announced it will begin shipping quarters with her likeness later this month. (Carl Nesensohn/AP)
Chinese American actor Anna May Wong, whose first film appearance was in 1922 was "Chinese Parrot," appears on Jan. 22, 1946. More than 60 years after her death, Wong will be the first Asian American to grace U.S. currency. The U.S. Mint announced it will begin shipping quarters with her likeness later this month. (Carl Nesensohn/AP)

Author Paula Yoo talks about Anna May Wong, the first Asian American to appear on U.S. currency. Yoo wrote “Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story.

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