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Week Tegen Racisme

No Asians! (VERZET)

Film screening of 'Hollywood Chinese' and aftertalk in collaboration with Pan Asian Collective.
This event is in English
Monday 16 Mar, 20.00
ma 16 mrt, 20.00

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Despite the lack of representation and ongoing stereotyping of people of Asian origin, the group remains fairly invisibility within the anti-racism debate. Tonight we’ll screen ‘Hollywood Chinese’, a documentary by Arthur Dong which addresses this issue in relation to Hollywood films depicting Asian people. After the film, three speakers will join us to discuss the imaging of Asian looking people in visual media in the Netherlands. As ‘Hollywood Chinese’ illustrates, the way that films, series and photos portray people of Asian descent is very uniform and therefore problematic. Problematic, as these stereotypical depictions shape the way people are being viewed and treated by the rest of society.

About the film

Hollywood Chinese shows a rather unknown part of cinema; the role and representation of Chinese people in American feature films. From the first Chinese-American film produced in 1916, to Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain 90 years later; Hollywood Chinese presents a fascinating portrait of the way Chinese people are portrayed in films. Furthermore, it shows how filmmakers navigate themselves through a world that up until now was marked by ignorance with regards to race, yet which painfully accurately illustrates how people with Asian origins are being viewed in society. Through the use of clips from over 90 different films and the narratives of eleven Chinese and Chinese-American filmmakers, actors and directors, the film displays the struggle these ‘storytellers’ face in dealing with their identity in Hollywood.

  • director: Arthur Dong
  • year: 2007
  • language: english, english subtitles
  • duration: 89 min