An educator, filmmaker, scholar and writer, Anthony Bernard Chan is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Communications and International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
Before returning to academic life, Tony Chan was a Senior Producer and a television journalist for the English-language division of Television Broadcasts Ltd., Hong Kong, where he anchored Focus, a 30-minute public affairs show, and produced many documentaries. Chan also worked as a television reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina and Calgary. In radio, he was a commentator for 90.7 KSER-FM, Everett, WA and CBC's AM show. He played the part of Dr. Harry Sun, a pathologist in a radio drama entitled "An Unacceptable Standard of Cockpit Practice," CBC, Calgary.
As an independent filmmaker, Chan has produced "Sweet Heat "(1998) and "American Nurse"(1992). The latter has been shown at film festivals in Hiroshima, New York, Olympia and aired on PBS, KCTS-TV, Seattle. Both are part of a series on Asian Americans in Vietnam. He has also produced "The Panama" (1996), "Another Day in America" (1989) (profiling Japanese American women artists and jazz musicians) and "Chinese Cafes in Rural Saskatchewan" (1985).
Professor Chan's latest book is a biography of the first Chinese-American female movie star, Anna May Wong, titled "Perpetually Cool: The Many Lives of Anna May Wong (1905-1961)" (Rowman & Littlefield's Scarecrow Press, 2003). He is also the author of "Li Ka-shing: Hong Kong Elusive Billionaire" (Macmillan Toronto,1996 and Oxford University Press,1996.), "Arming the Chinese: The Western Armaments Trade in Warlord China, 1920-1928"(University of British Columbia Press, 1982) and "Gold Mountain: The Chinese in the New World" (New Star Books, 1983).