Joseph Pierce enlisted on July 26, 1862 and was mustered into the Fourteenth Regiment, Company F of the Connecticut Volunteer Infantry that became part of the Second Brigade of the Third Division, Second Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac. From 1862 to 1865, Pierce survived some of the bloodiest battles of the war and is believed to have achieved the highest rank of any Chinese American to serve in the Union Army, having reached the rank of Corporal.
Anna May Wong (1920s) Considered the first Chinese American movie star, She was also the first Asian American actress to gain international fame. Wong was significantly limited by the contemporary treatment of race in America. She was considered foreign (despite being born in Los Angeles),& was cast in stereotypically exotic roles; additionally, anti-miscegenation laws prevented Wong from sharing an on-screen kiss with any actor of another race.