Watch: The City of West Hollywood’s WEHO READS 2021 Celebrates Asian American History Month with CREATING HOLLYWOOD CHINESE, A Virtual Conversation Featuring Arthur Dong and Charles Yu

Updated: May 14,2021

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division is presenting WeHo Reads, a literary series featuring new and noteworthy authors.

In celebration of Asian American History Month, Arthur Dong, Award winning filmmaker and author of Hollywood Chinese, and Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown and winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, will go beyond the concept of representation in Hollywood to focus on the creative process for this craft talk and conversation on Wednesday, May 12 at 6pm PST/9pm EST. This free event is part of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads literary series. Click here to RSVP. 

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A San Francisco Chinatown native, Arthur Dong is an Oscar-nominee, a Peabody and Sundance award-winning filmmaker, author, and curator whose work centers on Asian American, and LGBTQ stories. Dong’s films about Asian American history and culture include The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor (2015), Hollywood Chinese (2007), Forbidden City, U.S.A. (1989), and Sewing Woman (1987). Among his films on LGBTQ issues are Coming Out Under Fire (1994) and Licensed to Kill (1997). Dong has curated exhibitions showcasing his extensive archive of cultural ephemera, including Chop Suey on Wax: The Flower Drum Song Album, Forbidden City, USA, and his most recent, Hollywood Chinese, on display at the iconic Formosa Café in West Hollywood. Dong’s first book Forbidden City, USA: Chinatown Nightclubs 1936-1970 received an American Book Award in 2015.

Charles Yu is the author of four books, including his latest, Interior Chinatown, which is a Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and the Le Prix Médicis étranger, and longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. He has received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award, been nominated for two Writers Guild of America awards for his work on the HBO series Westworld, and has also written for shows on FX, AMC, Facebook Watch, and Adult Swim. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a number of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Wired, Time and Ploughshares.

To see details on the entire series visit 

The Spring 2021 season is being presented online and is produced by Amanda Fletcher and Dare Williams.

For information on previous seasons please visit: WeHo Reads 2019WeHo Reads 2018WeHo Reads 2017.

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

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