Advocate Magazine selected Hollywood Chinese as one of “5 Books to Read on World AIDS Day” 2019. Diane Anderson-Minshall writes: “Gay author and filmmaker Arthur Dong had two amazing ’90s LGBTQ documentaries, Coming Out Under Fire and Licensed to Kill. His latest project delves into the treatment and portrayal of Chinese people in American film. The book, Hollywood Chinese, takes an honest and intimate look at the Chinese influence in Hollywood.”
Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films has launched to critical acclaim. With more than 500 vintage photographs, movie posters, lobby cards and ephemera based on Arthur Dong’s extraordinary collection, this lavish coffee-table book illustrates the myths, misconceptions, and memorable moments of the Chinese in American cinema.
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 are, from left: executive director Dante Alencastre, Arthur Dong, and founder Greg Day.
Hollywood Chinese at the Formosa offers a nostalgic, yet thought-provoking look into cinema’s fascination with the Chinese. Commissioned by the iconic Formosa Cafe, the exhibit highlights photos and lobby cards from Arthur Dong’s collection of movie memorabilia depicting the Chinese in American feature films. Opens June 28, 2019. Photo: Sue Hwang, LA Conservancy/1933 Group.
We’ve signed with Angel City Press to publish our new book Hollywood Chinese! Since 1992, ACP has put out beautiful, iconic books about LA and Hollywood – pictured above are just a few – it’s going to be a thrill to join them soon. Click here for a sneak peek.
A new collection of 2k and 4k film restorations shines a light on the contributions of women filmmakers in early cinema. The six-disc set includes Marion Wong’s 1917 film The Curse of Quon Gwon, the earliest known film directed by an Asian American. A companion booklet features an essay about Arthur Dong’s discovery of the groundbreaking film during the research for his Hollywood Chinese documentary. Info here.
Filmmaker Arthur Dong presented the Documentary Student Academy Awards® to honorees during a gala ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, October 11, 2018. Click here for details and a complete list of winners in all categories. Photos courtesy of AMPAS.
KPFA film critic Reyna Cowan is in discussion with filmmaker Arthur Dong about the Crazy Rich Asians phenomenon: “What does it say about Asian American representation?” CLICK HERE to listen now or to download.
The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California’s annual Golden Spike Awards recognized media producers who tell the Chinese American story through film. Honorees were Arthur Dong (pictured), Felicia Lowe, Renee Tajima-Pena, Pamela Tom, and Visual Communications.
In honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the AARP selected Hollywood Chinese as one of five most influential and memorable documentaries on API history and culture: “In Hollywood Chinese, Dong takes an epic sweep of the history of Chinese in Hollywood.” The 2-disc DVD set includes the first feature film by Asian Americans made in 1917, “The Curse of Quon Gwon.” More info here.