Past Screenings & Events

The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor

Stories We Didn’t Learn in School

September 20, 2020 at 6:30pm PST

The live event has passed, but can be seen online via the info link below.


Presented as part of the Cambodia Town Film Festival, Stories We Didn’t Learn in School discusses the stories that weren’t taught in schools. This Facebook Live event features panelists/filmmakers Chris Lockett (Until They’re Gone), Arthur Dong (The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor), James Taing (Ghost Mountain), and Rithy Hanh (In The Life of Music). Hosted by Shawna Lesseur.

Screening & Reception: Director in Attendance

November 9, 2017 at 2:45-5pm

Ethnic Cultural Theater
University of Washington
3931 Brooklyn Avenue, NE
Seattle, WA 98105


The Khmer Students Association at the University of Washington presents a special screening of The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor. A reception and in-person Q & A with director Arthur Dong follows. In partnership with the 2017 PICA Conference, the Organization of Chinese Americans, and Asian Student Union, University of Washington. FREE.

Streaming Online

Piccadilly: Anna May Wong

July 22 - August 5, 2021

Virtual Event.


In celebration of Anna May Wong’s impact on film history and beyond, the Academy Museum screens Piccadilly (1929), one of the actor’s best-known silent films. A discussion follows, featuring filmmaker and author Arthur Dong and Wong’s niece Anna Wong. Moderated by the Academy Museum’s Chief Artistic and Programming Officer Jacqueline Stewart. Free, but registration is required.

Chinatown Pride

March 25, 2021 at 6pm-7pm, PST

Virtual Event


The Chinese Culture Center (CCC) and San Francisco Pride proudly present Chinatown Pride, an evening of queer art and Chinese culture that features art, drag performances, cocktail demonstrations, and more. Featured artists include Pearl Teese, Tina Takemoto, Heesoo Kwon, Brandon Jew, Chelsea Wong, and Arthur Dong, who will be showing a clip from his film Forbidden City, USA.

Family Pictures USA: LGBTQ History Month

October 26, 2020 at 3pm, Pacific Standard Time

The live event has passed, but can be seen online via the info link below.


Join filmmaker and host Thomas Allen Harris as  he speaks with LGBTQ photographers, filmmakers, authors and cultural producers who are making history through their work and recording it through their films, archives and family photo albums. The guests include: photographer Lola Flash, performer Justin Clapp, filmmakers Arthur Dong (Coming Out Under Fire; Licensed to Kill) and Jennie Livingston (Paris is Burning) and theater artist Christina Quintana.

Golden Spike Awards Gala

April 28, 2018 at 6pm

Ocean Seafood Restaurant
750 Hill Street.
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Arthur Dong is among the 2018 Golden Spike Award recipients to be honored by The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California for accomplishments in visual storytelling. Fellow honorees are filmmakers Felicia Lowe, Renee Tajiima-Pena, Pamela Tom, and media organization Visual Communications.

Clips & Conversation with Arthur Dong

February 7, 2018 at 6:30pm

Castelar Elementary School
840 Yale Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California presents a evening of conversation and clips showcasing the work of filmmaker Arthur Dong. Mr. Dong will be honored with CHSSC’s Golden Spike Award later in April. Dialogue moderated by Lindy Leong, programmer for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Film Festival. Free and open to the public. Parking provided, enter lot on College Street.

Cinematic Expressions of Chinese American Women

November 10, 2017 at 11:30-2:30pm

Seattle Public Library
1000-1010 5th Ave.
Seattle WA 98104


The “Pre-conquest Indigenous Cultures and its Aftermath Conference” (PICA) presents three films honoring the cinematic expressions of Chinese American Women: Sewing Woman, The Curse of Quon Gwon, and Finding Kukan. Directors Arthur Dong and Robin Lung will be in attendance to introduce their films and for a post-screening discussion. PICA  focuses on historical events in American history as they impact people of color in the Seattle area. FREE.

Hollywood Chinese

Asian Pacific American Award in Literature Ceremony

June 18, 2021 at 11am PST

Virtural event on the APALA Youtube channel


Join Hollywood Chinese writer Arthur Dong and fellow honorees in celebration at the Asian Pacific American Award in Literature Ceremonies, followed by a live chat session with authors. The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, an affiliate of the American Library Association, will recognize titles based on their literary and artistic merit.

Art Deco Society of California: Hollywood Chinese

May 20, 2021 at 5pm PST

Virtual Event


The Art Deco Society of California is proud to host Arthur Dong in a virtual event celebrating his book Hollywood Chinese. A past speaker and recipient of ADSC’s Historic Preservation Award for his work on Forbidden City and the golden age of Chinatown nightclubs, Dong returns to give a guided “Hollywood Chinese” tour, featuring a visual feast of images and an array of fascinating film clips culled from his life-long research and passion for cinema history.

No Asians! Week Against Racism

October 30, 2020

The event has passed but can be seen online via the info link below.


The Pan Asian Collective in Amsterdam presents this screening of Hollywood Chinese to anchor a discussion covering Asian perspectives on racist expressions. The “No Asians!” event is a part of the second annual Week Against Racism interdisciplinary festival. Panelists included Thu Ha Nguyen, Nederlands Filmfonds, and Pete Wu, journalist. The event will be presented in Dutch.

Virtual Book Talk Debuts

July 1, 2020 at 5pm, Pacific Standard Time

Live, via Zoom


Arthur Dong’s slate of events for his book Hollywood Chinese that were postponed by Covid-19 resumes with the author’s first virtual presentation on July 1, 2020. Joining Arthur will be Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning producer Janet Yang who will moderate a Q & A. During the live book talk, attendees will receive a 30% discount promo code to purchase the book. Attendees will also have an opportunity to request a personal inscription and autograph by the author for each book purchased.

This event is free but registration is required.

Presented by the Chinese American Museum, with community partners Friends of the Chinese American Museum, Angel City Press, Deep Focus Productions, Inc., Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, CAPE/Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, and Visual Communications.

WeHo Reads Literary Series

May 12, 2020 at 7pm

City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069



The City of West Hollywood has tapped Arthur Dong for their celebrated literary series, WeHo Reads. The author-filmmaker will present a guided tour of his critically acclaimed Hollywood Chinese book, featuring a visual feast of fascinating images and an array of film clips culled from his life-long research and passion for cinema history. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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China Society of Southern California: Dinner & Book Talk

May 4, 2020 at 6:00 check-in, 6:30 dinner, 7:30 program

Golden Dragon Restaurant
960 N. Broadway
Los Angeles Chinatown, CA 90012



Join Hollywood Chinese author Arthur Dong for a multi-course dinner at the venerable Chinatown restaurant the Golden Dragon, followed by a book talk and signing.

Cost: $25, pay at the door, cash or check payable to China Society., text Yvonne 310-779-8908, or call Yvonne 310-454-3621. Parking: Limited complimentary parking at back of restaurant.

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Chinatown Community Film Festival

March 20, 2020 at 7:30pm

Clarion Performing Arts Center
#2 Waverly Place
San Francisco Chinatown, CA 94018



THE CHINATOWN FILMS OF ARTHUR DONG: Forbidden, USA, Hollywood Chinese,  Sewing Woman, and Living Music For Golden Mountains. For the past 40 years, San Francisco native Arthur Dong has been a pioneer in the production of groundbreaking documentaries about the people and history of Chinatown, covering topics such as immigration, the bachelor society, sewing factories, Cantonese musical traditions, World War II nightclubs, and Hollywood’s mis-representations and stereotypes. To mark the inaugural Chinatown Community Film Festival, select scenes from his Chinatown-themed films will be screened, to be followed by an intimate on-stage conversation with the Oscar-nominated filmmaker. A welcome wine reception for the festival follows. 

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Hollywood Chinese at UC Berkeley

March 19, 2020 at 5-7pm

UC Berkeley Campus
Valley Life Sciences Building, room 2040
Harmon Way
Berkeley, CA 94720



Academy Award® nominee and American Book Award-winning filmmaker/author Arthur Dong presents a visual tour of his critically acclaimed book, “Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films,” punctuated with an array of film clips covering the past 100 years of the Chinese influence in American feature films. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS) Program, UC Berkeley, and Eastwind Books of Berkeley.

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Modern China Lecture Series

February 19, 2020 at 2pm

California State University, San Bernardino
John M. Pfau Library, room PL-4005
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407


The California State University of San Bernardino Diversity Committee and the Modern China Lecture Series present “Hollywood Chinese: a Book and Film Presentation” with filmmaker/author Arthur Dong. Free and open to the public.

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Architect & Beyond Lecture Series

February 13, 2020 at 6:45pm

Los Feliz Library
1874 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles CA 90027


The Architect & Beyond lecture series has tapped Arthur Dong for a book talk with film clips based on Hollywood Chinese. This popular series has been provided by the Los Feliz Library for over fifteen years, and is free and open to the public. Hollywood Chinese will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

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Claiming a Voice: The Visual Communications Story

Virtual Screening and Q & A

May 4, 2020 at 5pm, PST; 8pm EST

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival | Virtual Showcase
Online Worldwide


In 1990, Arthur Dong was commissioned by Visual Communications to produced a documentary to mark their 20th anniversary. CLAIMING A VOICE: The Visual Communications Story will stream as part of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival‘s Virtual Showcase, followed by a live online panel with editor Walt Louie, Dong,and moderator Abraham Ferrer. Free online streaming of the complete film is available starting May 1, 2020; panel is slated for May 4.

Click here to see a recording of the virtual Q & A (start at approximately 6 minutes in).

Coming Out Under Fire

Serving with Honor, Not Equality: LGBT Veterans, World War II to Now

April 2, 2017 at 2-4pm

Jewish Community Center
3800 E. River Road.
Tucson AZ


Southern Arizona Senior Pride presents a screening of Coming Out Under Fire with director Arthur Dong in person. A panel discussion with local LGBT veterans follows. This program is one of two events in the series “Another Look at World War 11: Perspectives from Arthur Dong”; see also: Forbidden City, USA event for April 1, 2017. Free.

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Contact:  (520) 312-8923

Licensed to Kill

A History of Violence

June 7-28, 2018

SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco CA 94103


The 21st National Queer Arts Festival presents the exhibition “A History of Violence. The show explores the work of artists who have gazed deeply into the flame of violence, and reacted in ways that allow us a compelling look into queer existence. Excerpts from Arthur Dong’s documentary about convicted killers of gay men, Licensed to Kill, will be shown on a video station throughout the exhibition. Free admission.

Forbidden City, USA

Dance on Camera Festival Showcase

July 16-18, 2021

Virtual presentation


Forbidden City, USA is a featured selection of the 49th Dance on Camera Festival for a showcase of films from each decade since the festival’s inauguration in 1971. An exclusive conversation between director Arthur Dong and Phil Chan, co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface, accompanies the virtual screening of this classic film, which has been beautifully restored from original negatives by UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Screening and Book Talk

July 7, 2018 at 2-4pm

Santa Clara University
Recital Hall, SCU Performing Arts Building
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053


Arthur Dong will present his film and book Fobidden City, USA at the University of Santa Clara. The event is part of the university’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s summer program and is open to the public. Books and DVDs will be available for purchase and signing.

Sunday Supper Cinema

May 7, 2017

Wisp Restaurant and Lounge
2885 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

Dinner at 5:30pm
Film at 7pm

Info: 808/436-4326

Screening, Book Talk & Signing

April 1, 2017 at 5-9pm

Tucson Chinese Cultural Center
1288 W. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85704-2522


Filmmaker/writer Arthur Dong will present his film and book Forbidden City, USA at this event sponsored by the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center. The presentation is preceded by dinner and books will be available for purchase and signing. This program is one of two events in the series “Another Look at World War 11: Perspectives from Arthur Dong”; see also: Coming Out Under Fire event for April 2, 2017. Free, but space is limited and reservations are advised.

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Reservations and information: (520) 292-6900