Youth Voices on China Video Contest

Youth Voices on China is the 1990 Institute’s signature video contest that engages American students to think more deeply about U.S.‐China relations. We hope to inspire students to seek balanced viewpoints on China and empower them to make positive change through creative media.

This year, we‘re inviting you to create a Videogram to the White House that urges the President or the future President to build a more POSITIVE relationship with China. Your voice matters in diplomacy, and in this election year, we want the leaders of our country to hear your cultural exchange idea with Chinese youth. Your powerful idea could come true!

With $30,000 in total cash and prizes, our star‐packed judging panel led by actress/filmmaker Joan Chen will award prizes to over 13 student videos and their sponsoring teachers. National finalists will also win a trip to our San Francisco Awards Gala for a screening of their videos at the prestigious CAAMFest, the premier Asian American film festival ‐‐ a full red carpet experience!

Contest Theme: Share a Cultural Exchange Idea

Your compelling personal story and creative cultural exchange idea are what matters most to our judges. Here’s what you need to do:

  • CREATE a 2‐3 minute video urging the President or future President to create a more POSITIVE relationship with China
  • HOW? Suggest what the President should do on an issue that matters to you – clean air & water, wildlife, entrepreneurship, study abroad…
  • KEY: SHARE WHAT YOU CAN DO! Present a CULTURAL EXCHANGE IDEA with Chinese youth in an area you care about – e.g. sports, birding & the great outdoors, the NBA, fashion, art, film, music, gaming, adoption, and community service. Involve your favorite icon and the White House, and share the impact your idea will have on the world and the participants!
  • OR share a profile of a person or a personal China travel story that has inspired you to learn more about China. Help the President understand why cultural exchange is important for your generation. ;
  • REQUIRED: An interview clip of someone to add more umph! to your video and to provide a balanced view on your topic.


  • NOW ‐ Students & teachers pre‐register
  • Dec 1, 2015 ‐ Submission window opens
  • Jan 5, 2016 ‐ Early bird deadline
  • Jan 19, 2016 – Final entry deadlineEligible student entrants must be between the ages 13 to 30, and legal U.S. residents who are enrolled full‐time in a public or private school in the U.S. or abroad
  • You may work individually or in student teams of up to 3 members ‐‐ you will compete in one of four divisions as determined by your most senior team member: middle school, high school, college, and graduate film school


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