Arthur Dong’s “Hollywood Chinese”​ wins Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

Chicago – The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association, has selected the winners of the 2020-2021 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature (APAAL). The awards promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and are awarded to titles published from September 2019 to August 2020 based on their literary and artistic merit.

Winning the Honors Title Award in the adult nonfiction category is Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films (Angel City Press). Written by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong, Hollywood Chinese presents an intimate look at the Chinese American role and influence in Hollywood, from some of the earliest films set in America’s Chinatowns to the contemporary artists remaking the face of Hollywood. Filled with more than 500 vintage photographs, movie posters, lobby cards and assorted ephemera based on the author’s personal collection, the coffee-table book shows the myths, misconceptions, and memorable moments of the Chinese in American cinema.

Arthur Dong writes, “Thanks to the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association for honoring Hollywood Chinese with an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Adult Non-Ficture catagory! So much gratitude to contributors: Angel City Press, Janet Yang, Randy Haberkamp, Oliver Wang, Amy Inouye, Justine Meyers Jacob, Richard J. Lee, Elise Capron, Gina Marchetti, Lisa Leeman, Stephen Gong, Matt Severson, Renee Tajima-Peña, Mark Alan Vieira, Hua Hsu, Peter Mintun, and many many others not link-able on Facebook.”

Hollywood Chinese was previously selected a “Critic’s Choice” by Kenneth Turan at the Los Angeles Times, and one of “13 Smart Must-Read Books on Race and Hate” by The Advocate. Dong’s first book, “Forbidden City, USA: Chinatown Nightclubs 1936-1970“, received the American Book Award and the Art Deco Historic Preservation Award.

For a complete list of the Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature including adult fiction and nonfiction titles, click here

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The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was founded in 1980 by librarians of diverse Asian/Pacific ancestries committed to working together toward a common goal: to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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