maybe we saw a different copy, but the version i watched had allana deciding she couldn't live without sam even though she thought he was Chinese. he only told her about his being white after she had already decided to stay with him. still unbelievable, but not as bad as if she could only consider him if he was white.
yes, the Chinese spoken by the white actors were pretty awful, but at least it was recognizable as an attempt.
for 1930, this was a pretty sympathetic portrayal of Chinese, even before world war two made china an ally of the united states against japan.
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