It’s not surprising that films from the 1930s would have stereotypes we’d find offensive today, and lord knows Josef Von Sternberg’s famous 1932 film is full of them. But movie blog movie blog Mirror had an interesting observation about a poignant race issue the movie addresses that still rings true today.
Fun fact about this scene from IMDB: It was kept in despite concerns raised by The Hays Office
Another IMDB fun fact: “China initially banned the movie, demanding its withdrawal from worldwide circulation. The ban was lifted when Paramount pledged not to make another film involving Chinese politics.”