Hollywood Chinese

Hollywood Chinese

26 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
  • Massacre of the Christians by the Chinese

    Episode 1

    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 2

    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...