How to find Chinese-Americans who are bicultural to make your co-production a success.
In my last post, “3 Ways for Hollywood and China to Combine Their Strengths” I came across some interesting advice by Dominic Ng, Chairman, and CEO of East West Bank.
He was quoted in the THR article “Hollywood and China: A Fad or Future of the Film Industry” as saying: “There are a lot of Chinese Americans aspiring to be in this industry…Hopefully smart execs on both ends will look into Chinese Americans, who are totally bicultural and understand what needs to be done to make co-productions effective and profitable…”
Where do you find these Chinese-Americans who can bridge the gap between the East and West?
Below I list a few local (Los Angeles) universities as well as key Chinese organizations you can contact.
Loyola Marymount University
Ranked # 8 in the 2016 article THR Ranks the Top 25 American Film Schools.
Han Tao Their Chinese-American club called “Han Tao” or “The Chinese Way” is a great place to start.
Ranked #7 in the same THR article.
“The Chinese Culture Club at Chapman University aims to promote and spread awareness of Chinese culture both on and off-campus.”
Ranked #4 in that same THR article.
Association of Chinese Americans This association “…is a student group involved in cultural, social, community and political projects, which benefit its members, its campus, and its community.”
Facebook Telephone: (310) 367-3966
Chinese Students Association Their goal is “To act as a bridge between the East and West cultures. We also provide a close social network for our staff and members.”
Here is a complete list of UCLA’s Chinese student organizations.
Ranked #1 in the above THR article
USC Chinese Student Association
This association “…encourages cultural interactions between different ethnic groups in the community.”
Facebook Email: email@example.com
USC Annenberg Chinese Students and Alumni Association (ACSAA) They are committed to “creating a strong and dynamic professional network to help its members accomplish their career goals in the future.”
The USC U.S.-China Institute They inform “…public discussion of the evolving and multidimensional U.S.-China relationship through policy-relevant research, graduate and undergraduate training, and professional development programs for teachers, journalists, and officials. It produces compelling public events, widely viewed documentary films, and the popular magazines US-China Today and Asia Pacific Arts.”
And here is a list of some Chinese societies in Los Angeles.
The China Hollywood Society
This society is “…a network of entertainment professionals who strive to increase the accessibility of information on China’s entertainment industry, China co-production and to nurture opportunities for cross-cultural creative and business endeavors.”
This center is “…a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing, and exhibiting works in film, television, and digital media.”
Chinese Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles
Their purpose “…is to promote the growing cadre of Chinese America businesses across Southern California, in addition to serving the interests of the region’s broader business community.”
Asian Business Society
“The Asian Business Association represents Asian American business owners, and creates business opportunities for its members and their diverse communities.”
Additionally, they also have a fantastic resources page.
Asian Community Based Organizations (CBOs)