The Friends of Chinese American Museum are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Honoring the memory of Nancy Kwan’s 50th Anniversary in Show Business.
Nancy Kwan herself will be present for a screening and banquet with a Live Auction Sunday, May 22, 2011, at AMC Theatre 14 in Monterey Park, 450 N. Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Times Square. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. with a screening of “The World of Suzie Wong,” the 1960 Paramount Pictures film directed by Richard Quine, starring Nancy Kwan and William Holden.
The classic American romantic drama set in Hong Kong will be followed at 4:30 p.m. by the documentary feature, “To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey” a recently released docudrama about the life of Nancy Kwan produced and directed by Brian Jamieson. (www.kashensjourney.com).
Nancy Kwan will be present to sign program books and copies of a DVD documentary that will be for sale following the film, and before moving on to a 7:00 p.m. dinner and reception in her honor at Chinese Banquet at Empress Harbor Seafood Restaurant, 111 N. Atlantic Boulevard #350, Monterey Park.
Tickets to attend the two screenings and banquet for the Nancy Kwan 50th Anniversary Event are $100 each and payable to FCAM or Friends of Chinese American Museum. Tickets are pre-sale only and no tickets will be sold at the door.
For information and to RSVP by May 16, 2011, contact: Cindy Yee at 626-300-0828.
Funds will be evenly distributed to three benefactors: Chinese American Chinese Historical Society; Asian Pacific Museum of Southern California; and AIDS Intervention Team.
The World of Suzie Wong was Kwan’s breakthrough feature film. She would go on to make other notable classic Hollywood films including “Flower Drum Song” in 1961 and “The Main Attraction” in 1962. She also appeared in around 20 other major motion pictures, including Dean Martin’s “The Wrecking Crew” in 1969; “Angkor: Cambodia Express” in 1982; and Dragon: The Bruce lee Story” in 1993. Her most recent films include “The Golden Girls” in 1995 and “Hollywood Chinese” in 2007.
She also appeared in many television programs over the years including Hawaii Five-0 and as a commercial spokeswoman. She is also active in the Asian American Voters Coalition.
Kwan was born in Hong Kong in 1938 to a Cantonese father and a Scottish mother. After the war Kwan studied in England and taught ballet for some time before she was discovered for the role of Suzie Wong. She was married twice and her only son, Bernhard Pock, passed away from AIDS in 1996 at the age of 33.