Off-Ramp for November 14, 2009

"Hollywood Chinese," Arthur Dong's documentary, expands into a downtown LA museum

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Hollywood Chinese

The Hollywood Chinese (2007) movie poster.

A couple years ago, Off-Ramp was on the red carpet when Oscar-nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong unveiled Hollywood Chinese, a devastating, fascinating, eye-opening look at how Hollywood has treated Chinese and Chinese-Americans. Much of the research material Dong collected to make the doc is at the Chinese American Museum through May 30, 2010, which is where Off-Ramp host John Rabe met Dong to talk about it.

The first piece of audio is the long version of John and Arthur's conversation, the second is the short verion, and the third is reporter Doualy Xaykaothao's piece from the premiere of the documentary.

Our image (above) is a flyer for "Flower Drum Song" from a San Francisco Chinatown theatre. This tattered piece of paper is the touchstone of the exhibit because it's one of the first pieces of movie ephemera Arthur Dong collected when he was just a kid.


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