|Died||April 20, 1935|
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Occupation||Actor, casting agent|
James Wang was a Chinese actor and casting agent who worked in Hollywood from the 1910s to the 1930s. He is known for discovering actress Anna May Wong.
Wang arrived in San Francisco around 1878 at the age of 18.He told reporters he had been raised by missionaries in China, and that when he came to the United States, he began working as a minister at churches in Boston and New York City.
He was accused of being a member of the Hip Sing Association — a Chinese-American street gang — in the early 1900s, although he was also an advocate for reform in New York City's Chinatown neighborhood, and offered up evidence that led to a number of police raids.
Eventually he made his way to Los Angeles, where he pursued a career as an actor and a casting agent. He was often called on to procure Chinese talent by the major studios,and it was in this capacity that he discovered a young Anna May Wong in Los Angeles's Chinatown neighborhood.
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