Criterion Channel Spotlight

The Criterion Channel presents seven documentaries by Arthur Dong. This collection highlights powerful stories centering queer and Asian American experiences, and are available together in a complete retrospective for the first time ever. Now streaming through the end of March 2022. Related articles now on our newspage.

Hollywood Chinese Book

Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films has launched to critical acclaim: selected a “Critic’s Choice” by Kenneth Turan at the Los Angeles Times and one of “13 Smart Must-Read Books on Race and Hate” by The Advocate. Winner: the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

Arthur Dong Films




Watch clips from seven award-winning films by Arthur Dong. With a focus on Asian American and LGBT stories, Arthur’s films have been honored with over 100 film excellence awards, including three Sundance Festival awards, the Peabody, an Oscar nomination, five Emmy nominations, Berlin’s Teddy Award, and Taipei’s Golden Horse Award. Full length versions are available to watch anytime on demand here.

Forbidden City, USA

fc-book-and-dvd-ad_1“Put on some music from the 1930s and 1940s, and step into the intoxicating and magical world of the Chinese American nightclub scene. Enjoy!” –Lisa See.

Forbidden City, USA reveals the sassy and daring stories of entertainers from the golden era of Chinatown nightclubs in San Francisco Chinatown. Discover them all in print, VOD and a special edition DVD.

Trailerblazer Honoree

The California LGBT Arts Alliance honored Arthur Dong with its inaugural Trailblazer Award. The organization is a network of over 1,000 artists and 70 non-profit arts organizations working to promote artistic collaborations. Pictured, from left: executive director Dante Alencastre, Arthur Dong, and founder Greg Day.

Hollywood Chinese @ the Formosa

Hollywood Chinese at the Formosa offers a nostalgic, yet thought-provoking look into cinema’s fascination with the Chinese. Commissioned by the legendary Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood, the exhibit highlights photos and lobby cards from Arthur Dong’s collection of movie memorabilia depicting the Chinese in American feature films. Photo: LA Conservancy/1933 Group.

Library of Congress Selection

The Library of Congress has selected The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor for their permanent collection of films that demonstrate long-term significance for future researchers and the public. Official selections for the collection exemplify the wide range of U.S. film productions and reflect the diversity of American thought and experience.

Top Picks

AARP and Rotten Tomatoes selected Hollywood Chinese a top Asian American film. AARP writes: “In Hollywood Chinese, Dong takes an epic sweep of the history of Chinese in Hollywood.” Rotten Tomatoes: “These films are milestones in what has been a long, continuous journey to be seen and heard in theaters and at home, and we celebrate those contemporary hits and everything else that has come before them with the 60 Best Asian-American Movies.”