First Vote Film Screening & Panel Discussion
The University of Minnesota China Center is hosting a panel discussion on First Vote, a character-driven documentary film with unparalleled access to a diverse cross section of politically engaged Chinese Americans. Director Yi Chen and two subjects of the film, Kaiser Kuo and Jennifer Ho, will participate in the panel discussion.
The film will be available to stream online from October 19 to November 2.
About the Film
First Vote is a character-driven documentary film with unparalleled access to a diverse cross section of politically engaged Chinese Americans: a gun-toting Tea Party-favorite candidate courting GOP votes in the South, a podcaster in Ohio who became a citizen in order to vote for Trump, a progressive journalist confronting Chinese Americans for Trump after moving to a battleground state, and a University of North Carolina professor teaching about race and racism in the U.S. A vérité look at Chinese American electoral organizing in North Carolina and Ohio, the film weaves their stories from the presidential election of 2016 to the 2018 midterms, and explores the intersection of immigration, voting rights, and racial justice.
Until 1952, federal law barred immigrants of Asian descent from becoming U.S. citizens and voting. Today, Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States. More than 11 million Asian Americans will be able to vote in 2020.
Directed by Yi Chen, a Chinese immigrant and first-time voter herself, First Vote is a must-watch and rare long-form look at the diverse Asian American electorate.