Chen-Yung Shaw, 53, a prominent member of the Chinese-American community in Washington and the founder of the Yenching Palace restaurant, died at George Washington University Hospital Monday as the result of a heart disorder.

Mr. Shaw was born in Yunnan Province, China. He was educated at Southwestern Associated University there and came to the United States in 1945. He earned graduate degrees at the universities of South Carolina and Wisconsin and did further graduate work at Columbia University before moving to the Washington area about 1950.

He started the Yenching Palace restaurant in 1954. He also was a founder of the D.C. Land Company, of which he was president, and the Sino-American Export and Import Corporation, of which he was vice president.

Mr. Shaw was an advocate of the unification of Taiwan with China. In 1973, he was elected chairman of a group devoted to this purpose. Earlier this year, he was elected vice president of the Washington Chapter of the National Association of Chinese-Americans.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Liu, of the home in Washington; a daughter, Bing, and three sons, Mark, Andrew and Raymond, all of the home.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.