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Meet the Makers: FIRST VOTE Live Online Event


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With only a few weeks away from the 2020 presidential election, WORLD Channel and Asian American Pacific Islander film festivals across the country present a live screening of director Yi Chen’s film, FIRST VOTE. With unparalleled access to a diverse cross-section of politically engaged Chinese Americans, the character-driven documentary weaves stories from the presidential election of 2016 to the 2018 midterms, exploring the intersection of immigration, voting rights, and racial justice.

Join this #YourVote2020 conversation about the film 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.

Featuring filmmaker Yi Chen, and film subjects Kaiser Kuo and Jennifer Ho. Moderated by Richard Lui, award-winning journalist and NBC/MSNBC news anchor.

Recorded Community experts panel:
APIAVote Executive Director Christine Chen; Janelle S. Wong – Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Maryland; Jerry Vattamala – Democracy Program Director, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Chavi Koneru – Executive Director, North Carolina Asian Americans Together; and Elaine Tso – CEO, Asian Services in Action, Inc.

Presented in Partnership with:
Asian American International Film Festival
Austin Asian American Film Festival
Boston Asian American Film Festival
DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
San Diego Asian Film Festival



Directed by Yi Chen

A vérité look at Asian American voters in battleground states.

Dates & Times



Mon, Sep 28
4:00 pm


Tue, Oct 20
12:00 pm