Curtis Chin

Writer/Producer/Director/Activist

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Bio

Chin recently sold his memoir, "Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant" to Little, Brown (Fall 2023). The book is about growing up Asian American in the Black and white city of Detroit and coming out in his working-class immigrant community. He also has an article coming up in Bon Appetit this summer.

A graduate of the undergraduate creative program at the University of Michigan, Chin has received fellowships from ABC/Disney Television, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has won awards from the National Association for Multicultural Education, the National Association for Ethnic Studies, the American Librarians Association, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and served as a Visiting Scholar at New York University.

 

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

As an 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. 

Chin recently completed work on a short documentary on photographer, Corky Lee. The film, "Dear Corky" will premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Film Festival in May 2023.

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