In 1919, Wong Geng Yeo immigrated to the United States with his father. Since only Chinese citizens of high status were allowed to come to America, the two of them traveled under assumed names and had to learn a complicated backstory so their answers would match when questioned by immigration officials. His “paper” name was Tai Yow, which was Americanized to Tyrus. He eventually got a job as an in-betweener at Disney Studios, doing the tedious work drawing the frames between the key scenes in films. His Chinese style of painting became a key to the film “Bambi” although, he was only credited as a background artist.
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