Hollywood Chinese – Study Guide

The newly published Hollywood Chinese Study & Discussion Guide is now available and accompanies all educational, library, organization, and institutional purchases of the Hollywood Chinese DVD. The 30-page manual is designed for schools, libraries, government agencies and other organizations, and is suitable for use in ethnic studies, media studies, American studies, film history, diversity training, immigration studies, women’s studies, sexuality studies, and Asian studies.

Written by Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellow, Arthur Dong (Hollywood Chinese director and producer), with contributions from Lorraine Dong, Ph.D. (Chair, Asian American Studies – San Francisco State University), Gina Marchetti, Ph.D. (author, Romance and the “Yellow Peril”: Race, Sex, and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction), and Jun Xing, Ph.D. (author, Asian America through the Lens: History, Representations, and Identity), the user-friendly, illustrated booklet includes sections on:

  • Audience Preparation
  • Activities and Research Projects
  • Discussion Topics
  • Essays
  • Complete list of feature films examined in Hollywood Chinese
  • Bibliographies for film, media, Chinese American history, and a special listing of Chinese American references for children and young adults.

Instructors and moderators will find effective suggestions to guide students and participants to explore critical areas such as:

  • Media Literacy
  • Early Chinese Screen Images
  • The Yellow Peril
  • Fu Manchu
  • Charlie Chan
  • Yellowface
  • The Martial Arts Film
  • Female Representation
  • Male Representation
  • Pioneers and Groundbreakers
  • Anna May Wong
  • Independent Film
  • Career choices and paths for film artists
  • The Good Earth: The Hollywood blockbuster based on the Pearl S. Buck novel
  • Flower Drum Song: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about Chinese Americans
  • Chan Is Missing: Activist community filmmaking takes hold
  • The Joy Luck Club: Adapting a bestselling novel to the silver screen
  • M. Butterfly: Asian sexuality on the big screen
  • Better Luck Tomorrow: A new generation of filmmakers for the 21st century