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Oral history interview with Dong Kingman, 1996 Jul. 3-4

Kingman, Dong, 1911-2000

Painter, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 1 Sound cassette, Sound recording (60 min.), 2 x 1-1/4 in.; 18 Pages, Transcript: supplementary material

Summary: An interview conducted by Stan and Irene Poon Andersen on July 3-4, 1996, New York City, with Dong Kingman. Accompanying the interview are a few newspaper and magazine articles, and a photograph of Kingman, taken by Irene Poon Andersen, 1996. The material was compiled following the 1995 exhibition "With New Eyes: Toward An Asian American Art History in the West," for which Poon Andersen was a curator and exhibitor.
Kingman discusses his early years and education in Oakland, Calif. and Hong Kong; teaching at Mills College, Oakland, University of Wyoming, Laramie and the San Diego Museum; working on the WPA art project; military service with the US Army OSS art department; leaving the Bay Area when he was drafted, moving first to Washington, D.C. and later to New York City where has remained; and work on movies including "Flower Drum Song," "55 Days to Peking," and "Virgin Soldier."

Biographical/Historical Note

Dong Kingman (1911-2000) was a Chinese American painter and illustrator based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City. Kingman taught at Columbia University and Hunter College. He worked for the Works Progress Administration.


Donated 1997 by Stan Andersen and Irene Poon Andersen.

Language Note

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How to Cite This Collection

Oral history interview with Dong Kingman, 1996 Jul. 3-4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.