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How to get your FREE Bokksu?

  1. Watch the documentary First Vote.
  2. Write an essay (100 words) related to the movie. Ex: what you learned,; how it impacted you.
  3. Submit your essay to
  4. APISA will draft 10 of the submitted essays and the student who submitted it will get 1 bokksu.

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What’s Included:

• 20–25 SNACKS




The Film

Feature documentary First Vote is a vérité look at Asian American voters in battleground states.


First Vote is a one-hour character-driven vérité documentary with unparalleled access to a diverse cross section of politically engaged Chinese American voters: 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 from Beijing; and a University of North Carolina professor teaching about race and racism in the U.S. The film weaves their stories of first-time voting and electoral organizing from the presidential election of 2016 to the 2018 midterms, and explores the intersections 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 Soros Equality Fellow Yi Chen, a Chinese immigrant and first-time voter herself, First Vote is a rare long-form look at the diverse Asian American electorate.


“First Vote is the perfect way to introduce students and the public to how broad trends in U.S. politics, such as political polarization and mobilization, affect small, but fast-growing segments of the electorate like Asian Americans. The film offers an important and unique window into ideological development and democratic participation in the U.S.”

– Janelle S. Wong, Professor, American Studies, Government & Politics, Asian American Studies, University of Maryland

“What is so fascinating about First Vote is that this film requires us to interrogate the terms of assimilation and immigration, as well as the political stakes of navigating that strange civic terrain that ultimately renders you as strange too: a perpetual foreigner, a minority between black and white, and immigrant in search of claim in an America deemed a ‘battleground’ for the future of American democracy.”

– Brian Hu, Assistant Professor, Television, Film and New Media, San Diego State University

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