Hollywood Chinese

Hollywood Chinese

24 Episodes

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. Presented alongside curator Arthur Dong’s illuminating documentary HOLLYWOOD CHINESE, this program 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 (exemplified by the practice of white actors portraying Asian characters in yellowface) and spotlighting the indelible contributions of trailblazing talents like stars Anna May Wong (DAUGHTER OF THE DRAGON) and Nancy Kwan (THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG), directors Wayne Wang (CHAN IS MISSING) and Ang Lee (THE WEDDING BANQUET), and cinematographer James Wong Howe (SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS). What emerges is a fascinating cross-cultural mosaic shaped by both racist histories and groundbreaking artistry.

Please be advised: Some films include racist stereotypes and tropes, including yellowface and offensive slurs. For context, we recommend watching the series introduction by curator Arthur Dong and his documentary HOLLYWOOD CHINESE.

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Hollywood Chinese
  • Hollywood Chinese Introduction

    Episode 1

    This interview with curator and HOLLYWOOD CHINESE director Arthur Dong was recorded in 2022.

    Please be advised: Some of the films discussed include racist stereotypes and tropes, including yellowface and offensive slurs.

  • Hollywood Chinese

    Episode 2

    Directed by Arthur Dong • 2007 • United States

    HOLLYWOOD CHINESE is a captivating deep dive into a little-explored chapter of cinema: the Chinese in American feature films. From the first Chinese American film, produced in 1917, to Ang Lee’s triumphant BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN nine decades later, Arth...

  • The Curse of Quon Gwon

    Episode 3

    Directed by Marion E. Wong • 1917 • United States

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema. For further context, we recommend watching his series intr...

  • Broken Blossoms

    Episode 4

    Directed by D. W. Griffith • 1919 • United States
    Starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. ...

  • The Letter

    Episode 5

    Directed by Jean de Limur • 1929 • United States
    Starring Jeanne Eagels, Reginald Owen, Herbert Marshall

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He...

  • Daughter of the Dragon

    Episode 6

    Directed by Lloyd Corrigan • 1931 • United States
    Starring Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Sessue Hayakawa

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He ...

  • The Cat’s Paw

    Episode 7

    Directed by Sam Taylor • 1934 • United States
    Starring Harold Lloyd, Una Merkel, George Barbier

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He notes: “...

  • The Good Earth

    Episode 8

    Directed by Sidney Franklin • 1937 • United States
    Starring Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He not...

  • Lost Horizon

    Episode 9

    Directed by Frank Capra • 1937 • United States
    Starring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He...

  • Charlie Chan in Honolulu

    Episode 10

    Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone • 1938 • United States
    Starring Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Victor Sen Yung

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Do...

  • King of Chinatown

    Episode 11

    Directed by Nick Grinde • 1939 • United States
    Starring Anna May Wong, Akim Tamiroff, J. Carrol Naish

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He no...

  • China Sky

    Episode 12

    Directed by Ray Enright • 1945 • United States
    Starring Randolph Scott, Ruth Warrick, Ellen Drew

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He notes: ...

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Episode 13

    Directed by Alexander Mackendrick • 1957 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison

    In the swift, cynical SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, directed by Alexander Mackendrick, Burt Lancaster stars as the vicious Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis as Sidney ...

  • China Doll

    Episode 14

    Directed by Frank Borzage • 1958 • United States
    Starring Victor Mature, Li Li-Hua, Ward Bond

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He notes: “Wi...

  • The World of Suzie Wong

    Episode 15

    Directed by Richard Quine • 1960 • United Kingdom, United States
    Starring William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur...

  • Flower Drum Song

    Episode 16

    Directed by Henry Koster • 1961 • United States
    Starring Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema. For further ...

  • Rider on a Dead Horse

    Episode 17

    Directed by Herbert L. Strock • 1962 • United States
    Starring John Vivyan, Bruce Gordon, Lisa Lu

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He notes: ...

  • 7 Faces of Dr. Lao

    Episode 18

    Directed by George Pal • 1964 • United States
    Starring Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O’Connell

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He note...

  • Chan Is Missing

    Episode 19

    Directed by Wayne Wang • 1982 • United States
    Starring Wood Moy, Marc Hayashi, Laureen Chew

    A mystery man, a murder, and a wad of missing cash—in his wryly offbeat breakthrough, Wayne Wang updates the ingredients of classic film noir for the streets of contemporary San Francisco’s Chinatown. Whe...

  • M. Butterfly

    Episode 20

    Directed by David Cronenberg • 1993 • United States
    Starring Jeremy Irons, John Lone, Barbara Sukowa

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He not...

  • The Wedding Banquet

    Episode 21

    Directed by Ang Lee • 1993 • Taiwan, United States
    Starring Gua Ah-leh, Sihung Lung, May Chin

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He notes: “Tw...

  • Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl

    Episode 22

    Directed by Joan Chen • 1998 • Hong Kong
    Starring Li Xiaolu, Lopsang, Zheng Qian

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He notes: “After her break...

  • Massacre of the Christians by the Chinese

    Episode 23

    Directed by Unknown • 1900 • United States

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He notes: “Produced by Siegmund Lubin, a prolific studio head du...

  • The Heathen Chinese and the Sunday School Teachers

    Episode 24

    Directed by Unknown • 1904 • United States

    Introduction: This film has been programmed as part of the series Hollywood Chinese, a survey on the history of Chinese representation in American cinema, curated by filmmaker Arthur Dong. He notes: “The American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, one of e...