Three illustrations signed by Paul Fung;
several illustration are signed Sunny
and a few are unsigned
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(Next post on Friday: Marion Wong, 1917)
The two men [Moon Kwan Man-ching and Joe Chiu] first offered a contract to Ma Sze-tsang, one of the top opera actors then on tour in the United States, but Ma did not accept. In San Francisco, there was another touring opera troupe whose leading players—actor Kwan Tak-hing (Guan Dexing) and the U.S. born actress Wu Dip-ying (Hu Dieying)—seemed well-suited for the leads.Thanks to the National Archives branch in Seattle, Washington, the dates and length of Kwan’s visits are now known. The branch has Kwan’s Chinese Exclusion Act case files 7022/6-49 and 7022/7-101.
Thus in 1933, the two men engineered the establishment of the Grandview Film Company at 12 Ross Alley, San Francisco, for the purpose of making this film….Their first feature was Romance of the Songsters, starring Kwan Tak-hing and Wu Dip-ying. It was one of the world’s first Cantonese talkies….It was also one of the first films to depict the lives of overseas American-Chinese.