As the first Asian American movie star in Hollywood, Wong fought for greater diversity and fewer stereotypical Asian American roles
during the early 20th century, a time of "yellowface," in which white people dressed like Asians and donned makeup
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.