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CRITERION CHANNEL—Hollywood Chinese

August 12September 30

New Series on the Criterion Channel

Now Streaming:

HOLLYWOOD CHINESE, a 25-film critical study of how the Chinese have been imagined in American films, centering on Arthur Dong’s landmark documentary and book that span cinema’s first hundred years to confront stereotypes and spotlight the indelible contributions of trailblazing talents

Featuring a new introduction by filmmaker and curator Arthur Dong

As long as Hollywood has existed, Chinese and Chinese American lives and artists have been an integral part of its story—though their contributions have often been marginalized, erased, and complicated by a tangled history of racism and (mis)representation. Inspired by curator Arthur Dong’s illuminating HOLLYWOOD CHINESE documentary and book, this series spans cinema’s first hundred years to explore the ways in which the Chinese have been imagined in American feature films, confronting an often grotesque legacy of stereotypes, and spotlighting the indelible contributions of trailblazing talents like stars Anna May Wong and Nancy Kwan, directors Wayne Wang and Ang Lee, and cinematographer James Wong Howe. What emerges is a fascinating cross-cultural mosaic shaped by both racist histories and groundbreaking artistry.

Advisory: Some films include racists stereotypes and tropes,

including yellowface and offensive slurs.

FILMS IN THE SERIES:

Massacre of the Christians by the Chinese, 1900

The Heathen Chinese and the Sunday School Teachers, 1904

The Curse of Quon Gwon, 1917

Broken Blossoms, 1919

The Letter, 1929

Daughter of the Dragon, 1931

The Cat’s-Paw, 1934

The Good Earth, 1937

Lost Horizon, 1937

Charlie Chan in Honolulu, 1938

King of Chinatown, 1939

China Sky, 1945

Sweet Smell of Success, 1957

China Doll, 1958

The World of Suzie Wong, 1960 

Flower Drum Song, 1961

Rider on a Dead Horse, 1962

7 Faces of Dr. Lao, 1964

The Sand Pebbles, 1966

Chan Is Missing, 1982

Year of the Dragon, 1985

  1. Butterfly,1993

The Wedding Banquet, 1993

Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl, 1998

Hollywood Chinese, 2007

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The original production of Hollywood Chinese was supported with a California Documentary Project Grant. 

Details

Start:
August 12
End:
September 30

Venue

CA United States