Curtis Chin

Writer/Producer/Director/Activist

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Bio

Writer/Producer/Director/Activist

Curtis Chin is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker whose voice has been recognized by the National Association for Multicultural Education, the National Association for Ethnic Studies, the American Librarians Association, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and more. A graduate of the creative program at the University of Michigan, Chin has also received fellowships from ABC/Disney Television, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and served as a Visiting Scholar at New York University.

 

Chin has spoken and screened his films, Vincent Who? and Tested, with over 600 entities in sixteen countries including the White House, Lincoln Center, Amnesty International, SXSWEdu, and the Government of Norway. Past media appearances include CNN, MSNBC, and public radio, as well as national print media including the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Huffington Post. 

 

As a community activist, Chin co-founded the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the premiere non-profit dedicated to promoting Asian American writers. He has also worked as the Director of Outreach for the Democratic National Committee and served on Barack Obama’s Asian American Leadership Committee during his 2008 Presidential Campaign. 

In addition to working on his memoir about growing up in his family's Chinese restaurant in Detroit, "Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant," Chin is working on a series of short documentaries about the people fighting to preserve our nation's oldest Chinatowns. For more information, please go to: https://www.documentary.org/project/our-chinatown