Was named after his father's favorite actor, John Wayne.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival in 2009.
When polled by the AFI as to his favorite all-time film, Wang chose "The Kid" with Charlie Chaplin.
He has directed two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Chan Is Missing (1982) and The Joy Luck Club (1993).
Personal Quotes (1)
(In response to negative reviews on The Center of the World (2001)): "I'm upset and depressed but feisty...it's almost like sex is something that nobody wants to deal with in an explicit way. I haven't seen anything other than Philip Kaufman who's out there exploring new territory. Nobody is doing it. At the same time pornography is going wild. Yet serious movies are not dealing with it."