the U.S. Mint will start delivering coins on Monday that feature actress Anna May Wong.

As the first Asian American movie star in Hollywood, Wong fought for greater diversity and fewer stereotypical Asian American roles

Wong, who passed away in 1961, struggled to find jobs in Hollywood

during the early 20th century, a time of "yellowface," in which white people dressed like Asians and donned makeup

as well as anti-miscegenation laws that made interracial unions illegal.

Following his encounter with this racial discrimination in Hollywood

Wong relocated to Europe and appeared in English, French, and German movies. In a 1933 interview

she expressed her boredom with the Hollywood roles she was required to portray to the Los Angeles Times.

She asked the newspaper, "Why is it that the screen Chinese is almost always the antagonist of the story

Wong's career covered 60 movies, many of which were silent pictures, and in 1960, she was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.