Wang, Wayne: Profile

Born January 12, 1949, in Hong Kong, Wayne Wang is a Chinese-American director, producer, screenwriter, and editor of both indie features and Hollywood movies.

Wang was born and raised in Hong Kong, and named after his father’s favorite movie star, John Wayne. When he was 17, he moved to the United States with the intention of studying towards eventually entering medical school, but Wang changed his mind and ended up in the arts, studying film and television at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.

Chan Is Missing (1982) and Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart (1985) established his reputation. He is best known for The Joy Luck Club (1993) and the indie features Smoke (1995) and Anywhere but Here (1999).

At the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, Wang premiered two feature films, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and The Princess of Nebraska, as well as appearing in the Arthur Dong documentary film Hollywood Chinese.

He won the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival in September 2007 for A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.

He is married to a former Miss Hong Kong, Cora Miao, and lives in San Francisco and New York City.


A Man, a Woman, and a Killer (1975)
Chan Is Missing (1982)
Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart (1985)
Slam Dance (1987)
Dim Sum Take Out (1988)
Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)
Life Is Cheap… But Toilet Paper Is Expensive (1989)
Strangers (1991), Erotic film consisted of three shorts, co-directed by Joan Tewkesbury and Daniel Vigne
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Smoke (1995)
Blue in the Face (1995)
Chinese Box (1997)
Anywhere but Here (1999)
The Center of the World (2001)
Maid in Manhattan (2002)
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
Last Holiday (2006)
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007)
The Princess of Nebraska (2008)