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Directed by Yi Chen

This film will be broadcast on America Reframed beginning October 20, 2020. Check your local PBS station for details.

From deep red to true blue, Asian Americans represent a spectrum of political identifications, and their varied voting habits inform the ongoing dialogue around race, whiteness, and voter suppression in the US. Focusing intently on Chinese American electoral organizing in the key swing states of North Carolina and Ohio from the presidential election of 2016 to the 2018 midterms, director Yi Chen’s important examination of the intersection of immigration, voting rights, and racial justice is essential viewing in this important election year. — Lindy Leong

Director, Producer, Director of Photography: Yi Chen
Editor: Yi Chen, Kristina Motwani, Bryan Chang
Composer: Ryan Blotnick
Associate Producer: Nicole Docta, Jean Kang

Join us on Monday, September 28 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET for Meet the Makers: FIRST VOTE Live Online Event, a live screening of director Yi Chen’s FIRST VOTE. Click here to learn more and RSVP.

Watch our conversation “FIRST VOTE Q&A” featuring filmmaker Yi Chen and special guests, hosted during the LAAPFF Virtual Showcase in May.

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Meet the Makers: FIRST VOTE Live Online Event

Join this #YourVote2020 conversation about the film FIRST VOTE and voter participation in the AAPI community, and engage in a live online Q&A with the filmmaker and a panel of leaders organizing around civic participation.

Dates & Times



Tue, Oct 20
12:00 pm