Arthur Dong's Hollywood Chinese

April 15, 2008

I wrote a piece in the Oakland Tribune about this film and about "Hollywood Chinese," which you can read here. It really is an inspiring story. Marion Wong started the Mandarin Film Company and cast her family members, including sister-in-law Violet Wong, in the film.

The film's gotten some good press around here, and it is definitely worth a peek. The film also opens in May in the Los Angeles area and in NYC. More details to come!


Momo Chang

Senior Contributing Editor

Momo Chang is the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media, and freelances for magazines, online publications, and weeklies. Her writings focus on Asian American communities, communities of color, and youth culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Her stories range from uncovering working conditions in nail salons, to stories about “invisible minorities” like Tongan youth and Iu Mien farmers. She has freelances The New York Times, WIRED, and East Bay Express, among other publications.



This is a good film to portrait Asian American not well represented in Hollywood.This is a good film to encourage more people to be in the film industry and break the barrier for API.EL
saw the film tonight at grand lake. "the curse..." was quite good, especially with the organ player. was it an organ player? i'm not even sure. but you couldn't even tell that the music wasn't live. although, i must say that i've never seen a documentary before when nancy kwan had to answer hard questions. or maybe she always just dodged it, and the filmmakers always let her get away with it. i don't know. i don't think she understands how the roles she played impacted the asian american community. for her, it was just making a living.
just learned that the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland will be showing the “The Curse of Quon Gwon” again (with live accompaniment on the Wurlitzer) at the 7:30 p.m. showing TOMORROW (Sunday, April 20)!
another update: Hollywood Chinese continues its run in the Bay Area at the 4 Star Theater in San Francisco Friday, April 25. the 4 Star is in the Richmond district and owned by a Chinese American family, which we profiled in our Faith issue. !
Hi -- Arthur Dong here. Fyi, we open in L.A. and N.Y. today:The ImaginAsian Theater239 East 59th St., New York CityScreens Daily, 3pm & 7pm. 212/371-6682http://www.theImaginAsian.comLaemmle’s Music Hall9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly HillsDaily: (Sat/Sun 12:40, 3:00) 5:20, 7:40, 9:55310/274-6869Laemmle’s One Colorado42 Miller Alley, Old Town PasadenaDaily: 1:00, 3:10, 5:25, 7:40, 10:00626/744-1224Q & A with Filmmaker:MUSIC HALL: Friday, May 30, 7:40pm showONE COLORADO: Saturday, May 31, 7:40 pm show