Oliver Wang interviews documentary filmmaker Arthur Dong. Originally from San Francisco, Dong began his career as a student filmmaker in the 1970s before releasing the Oscar-nominated short film, Sewing Woman in 1982. Since then, his films have focused on the role of Chinese and Asian Americans in entertainment industries as well as on anti-LGBQ discrimination. In the interview, Wang and Dong discuss Dong's beginnings as a high school filmmaker, his decision to turn the story of his seamstress mother into Sewing Woman, his struggle to bring together the Asian American and queer film communities and his recent experience in staging a “Hollywood Chinese” exhibit inside a renovated bar in West Hollywood.
Choosing to be the Hero, the Joker, the Villain: An Interview with Arthur Dong
Oliver Wang is a professor of sociology at California State University Long Beach and reports regularly on music, arts, and culture for the Los Angeles Times, NPR's All Things Considered, KCET's Artbound, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other outlets. He is also is the cocreator and cohost of the album appreciation podcast Heat Rocks.
Oliver Wang; Choosing to be the Hero, the Joker, the Villain: An Interview with Arthur Dong. Film Quarterly 1 March 2020; 73 (3): 41–46. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2020.73.3.41
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