“Hollywood Chinese”  brings together a captivating portrait of filmmakers and iconic images for a high-spirited look at the ways the Chinese have been imagined in the movies, from silent classics to contemporary blockbusters. Photo credit: DeepFocus Productions
“Hollywood Chinese” brings together a captivating portrait of filmmakers and iconic images for a high-spirited look at the ways the Chinese have been imagined in the movies, from silent classics to contemporary blockbusters. Photo credit: DeepFocus Productions

City College film screening presents timeline of Chinese perception on the big screen

‘Hollywood Chinese’ coming to campus on May 2, followed by a Q&A

Propaganda and false narratives have always been intertwined with the history of cinematography. “Hollywood Chinese” is a documentary film recounting the history of Chinese cinema, actors and directors in Hollywood.

From the early stereotypes of Charlie Chan and Fu-Manchu to the popular martial arts masters of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, “Hollywood Chinese” offers an in-depth look into the influence of Chinese stereotypes that have been ingrained into the minds of Americans.

Films like “The Good Earth,” “The Last Emperor” and “The World of Suzie Wong” have influenced the perception of Chinese culture nationally and internationally.  

Notable actors and actresses including Ang Lee, Nancy Kwan and Christopher Lee provide first-hand accounts in this 90-minute film directed by Arthur Dong. The artists reflect on their experiences in the industry and how their roles shaped America’s view of Chinese culture. 

Dong, a triple Sundance award-winning filmmaker, will be at San Diego City College from 6-8 p.m., May 2 in MS-162 for a film screening of “Hollywood Chinese.”  A Q&A will follow the screening.

For more information, you can visit sdcity.edu and check the events calendar.  

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    Kassim OsgoodMay 2, 2024 at 6:45 pm

    Great article! I love the diversified topic that sheds light on a topic that deserves much attention. Good on you sir!

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