The first feature film made with an all-Chinese-American cast and company, THE CURSE OF QUON GWON was written and directed by Marion E. Wong at her own Mandarin Film Company, based in Oakland, California. Offering an important counterpoint to racist depictions of Asian characters in other films of the period, the film explores western influence on traditional Chinese society and amongst Chinese-American communities, suggesting Wong's keen awareness of early twentieth-century transnational identity, as film scholar Jenny Kwok Wah Lau has observed.
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Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard and Dorothy Davenport Reid