Arthur Dong’s Films Spotlight Asian American And Queer History

The Establishment
Sep 6, 2016 · 7 min read

By Jasmine Lee Ehrhardt

Postcard, Forbidden City Nightclub, courtesy of Arthur Dong

When I was an impressionable 14-year-old, my mom’s side of the family went to an independent theater to see Arthur Dong’s Hollywood Chinese (2008). My family always made a point of seeing movies that featured prominent Asian actors — for example, I remember we watched Memoirs of a Geisha together (which was, understandably, a…