Finalists and Special Award Nominees were invited to submit a showcase video to debut on the big screen at our Youth Voices Video Festival and Awards Bash on May 7th.  We paired them  with US-China film, media and business executives — “coaches” — to help them create a polished, more powerful version of their original video submission.

For Coaching & Showcase guidelines, please see the bottom section of this page.


Here are some of our video coaches who will be working with our Finalists and special nominees on their showcase videos.

  • Tonia Chao Hsieh
    Educator and Film Producer
    ToniaHsieh1Tonia Chao Hsieh has been an advocate for equity and social justice through education and media for nearly 30 years. She is the co-founder of KarMa Pictures, an independent film production company whose mission is to create stereotype-shattering films (The Debut, Restless and Americanese). Her passion for equity and social justice was ignited as a Business Consultant with ASIAN Inc., assisting women-owned and minority-owned businesses to secure contracts with various public agencies.
    Her experience in education includes her role as Undergraduate Dean in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, and as the Facilities Planner and Facilities Manager at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Tonia co-chaired the Board of Trustees for The College Preparatory School in Oakland, where she also served as Chair of the Governance and Trustees’ Diversity committees. She served on the Board of the Partners Program and is a founding board member of the Roses in Concrete Community School to open July 2015 in East Oakland.  Tonia is a member of the 1990 Institute’s Board of Directors.

  • James Q. Chan
    Film Producer & Director
    Founder, Good Medicine Picture Company
    James Quyen Chan (Producer, Director, Camera) is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who has collaborated on Emmy- and Grammy-winning projects. His film mentorship/training began alongside two-time Academy-Award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, THE CELLULOID CLOSET, PARAGRAPH 175). Producing credits with Epstein & Friedman include History Channel’s 10 DAYS THAT UNEXPECTEDLY CHANGED AMERICA (Emmy Award; 2006 Outstanding Non-Fiction Series), HOWL (Sundance 2010 Opening Night; National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award). Recent producing work include films about– a child IT protégé :PUCK AND THE RIDDLE OF CODES (IDFA 2014; Dutch Television VPRO); father & son reconciliation ISTINMA (Best Short, 2014 American Indian Film Festival; Smithsonian Institute Native Showcase); U.S. immigration law impacts on bi-national same-sex couples ENTRY DENIED (Jury Award, Best Short, 2012 Provincetown); love & equality RIGHT DOWN THE LINE music video (Bonnie Raitt, Grammy 2013). Prior to filmmaking, James worked as a SAG/AFTRA Union Talent Agent. His refugee and working class background, love for nature shows, memories of his mother’s cooking shape his sensibilities in all of his stories.
    His award-winning directorial debut FOREVER, CHINATOWN (May 2017 national broadcast, WGBH/World Channel) has been selected for the American Film Showcase, the premier diplomacy program bringing screenings and workshops to audiences in more than 40 countries. A partnership between the U.S. State Department and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, James will serve as film envoy for the 2017-2018 AFS Program.

  • Milton Chen
    George Lucas Educational Foundation
    As a leading figure in educational media for more than 25 years, Dr. Milton Chen is at the forefront of K-12 teaching and learning as it has been transformed in the Digital Age. An authority in education innovation, with interests ranging from project-based learning, social/emotional learning and technology strategies that enhance the educational process, Chen has made it his life’s work to improve practices and programs so that teachers, administrators, and students can achieve their full potential in an era of cutting-edge innovation and transformation.
    As executive director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation (Edutopia), Chen was instrumental in making the multimedia website the premier online community for K-12 teachers, administrators, parents, and students. With its emphasis on social learning, teacher development, and technology integration, Edutopia remains instrumental in advancing 21st-century learning skills and changing education for the better through its unique digital-savvy approach to innovation.Prior to his leadership role at Edutopia, Chen was the director of research at the Children’s Television Workshop, where he worked on such childhood touchstones as Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3-2-1 Contact. He is also the author of the book Education Nation: Seven Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools, a new vision of learning that takes education from its traditional classroom into a bold new era of possibilities — digital and otherwise. He currently serves as the chair of the advisory council for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at St. Vincent’s College in Pennsylvania.

  • Sabrina Chen-Louie
    President, JBF Entertainment
    SabrinaLouie1JBF Entertainment is a development, production and distribution company, with the goal of sharing Asian themes, cultures and stories with the world through high quality feature films, documentaries, short films and series. JBF also represents and promotes Asian-American directors, writers and talents.
    Sabrina is an experienced film executive with expertise in acquisition, distribution, sales, production and finance. She spend her early career in Taiwan working with Era, CMC and Pandasia, acquiring and distributing films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Blair Witch Project and From Dusk til Dawn, among others  and TV series.  before joining Michelle Yeoh in 2001 to produce “The Touch” and “Silver Hawk.” Since 2006, Sabrina has co-written scripts and produced and distributed over 15 documentaries. In 2013, she organized the Asian Short Script Competition, with the top scripts being optioned and produced into short films.

  • James Haber
    Digital Content Manager, Alibaba
    Jimmy Haber is a digital strategist and storyteller for Alibaba Group, where he manages content for the mobile app. Jimmy also leads the Rural Taobao Photo Series, a digital project that documents how Alibaba’s technology is changing businesses in rural Chinese communities. Prior to working at Alibaba, Jimmy was with the National Committee on US-China Relations in New York City, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing. He is a graduate of Bard College and the Bard College Conservatory of Music, where he studied Chinese History and French horn.

  • Jan Lin
    Editor/Producer of the Olympic Channel at Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS); US-China digital media consultant

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    JanLi_hsJan stumbled into the global media world. She first had her creative writings published by a local newspaper at age ten, when no one had told her that writing can be and is a career in its own right. Braving London as a ‘starving artist’ after college, she never imagined the (painful) childhood years of learning Mandarin to become bilingual and a semester of China Studies at college would unlock her wildest media career. With Beijing 2008 Olympic Games approaching, she was commissioned by a London-China cultural magazine to produce stories on the Chinese sports culture for the global audience. It was her maiden trip to China that summer which had convinced her how misunderstood China was and her role to bridge the gap.
    She spent all of her twenties working across four continents gallivanting in a range of media jobs. Perpetually curious, in the early days of the digital media explosion, Jan was quickly fascinated by the potential of YouTube and the Chinese social media ecosystem as effective tools to facilitate cross-cultural relations. By the London 2012 Olympic Games, Jan had become a pioneer in YouTube Sports streaming initiative as well as Tencent Sports’ global outreach initiative. Since then, Jan has produced digital web series on YouTube as a freelance sports producer and branded content for businesses and non-profits. Today, Jan is a part of the launch team at the International Olympic Committee’s new digital TV initiative – Olympic Channel.

  • Felicia Lowe
    TV producer, Film director and Writer
    Felicia Lowe is an award winning independent television producer, director, and writer with more than 35 years of production experience. Chinese Couplets is her latest film which premiered at CAAMFest 2015 (Center for Asian American Media) and won an Audience Award. Lowe received an EMMY for Best Cultural Documentary for Chinatown: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco. The lively hour-long piece on the history of San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood has been broadcast numerous times on PBS.

Carved in Silence, her documentary about the experiences of Chinese immigrants detained on Angel Island Immigration Station has become a classic and is used in classrooms across the country.  In 1979, Lowe documented her trip to China to meet her paternal grandmother and made China: Land of My Father which was broadcast on PBS and garnered numerous awards.

Her innovative works reveal the unique experiences of Chinese in America while underscoring our common humanity.  Prior to her documentary work, Lowe was a broadcast journalist and has taught film production and script writing at San Francisco State University and Stanford University. She’s been actively involved in the preservation and restoration of the Angel Island Immigration Station.

  • Anthony Tao
    Writer & Editor

    Anthony Tao the editor-in-chief of Radii, a soon-to-be-launched website that will look at “China from all angles.”

    Previously he was the coordinator of the 9th and 10th international China Bookworm Literary Festival (2015, 2016), the founding editor of the news/culture/arts/society blog Beijing Cream (2012‐15), and copyeditor at the weekly news magazine Beijing Today. Other work experience includes covering the lead‐up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics for ESPN The Magazine (where he worked as a researcher starting in 2006) and interning at Sports Illustrated (2004). 

    Anthony is also a published poet, with work featured in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Kartika Review, Borderlands, Asian Cha, and Cottonwood, among others, plus an anthology of China writing called While We’re Here. He’s hosted two poetry events as part of the Bookworm Literary Festival, both of which highlighted community poets. He has opened for Irish award‐winning poet Peter Fallon and participated in the acclaimed Literary Death Match. You can read his published work on

    Beijing Cream was a blog modeled after Gawker with the goal of using short, entertaining posts to drive traffic toward substantive longform pieces ranging from reportage to man‐on‐the‐scene to commentary. Its strengths include a strong voice and diverse content, and at its peak drew 100,000 unique viewers per month. It was a labor of love that exceeded expectations, linked to by publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Deadspin, Mashable, etc. (and Gawker, of course). Its Twitter account has more than 15,000 followers. 

    Anthony is a graduate of Northwestern University (Medill ’06), where he studied journalism and English, and is currently enrolled in the intensive Inter‐University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University (graduation May 2017). 

    He was born in Beijing, where most of his family still resides. He grew up in suburban Kansas, where he learned to love American sports and appreciate a decent steak. His current hobbies include Ultimate Frisbee and whisky. He tweets sporadically @anthonytao.

  • Corey Tong
    Film Producer
    Corey Tong is a film and media producer, public relations and programming/acquisitions consultant, guest lecturer, producers representative. Corey is a producer of the new film FOREVER, CHINATOWN (USA, 2016, doc); executive producer of the Oscar®-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary LAST DAY OF FREEDOM (USA, 2015); producer of the drama THE LAND HAS EYES (Fiji-USA, 2004-05; Sundance; PBS, official Oscar-submission Fiji); producer of BEYOND THE TEAM (USA, 2013, doc); producer/co-writer of THE GATHERING PLACE, a drama slated for production in Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francisco and Hawaii in 2017. He has two series in development in New Zealand and Brazil, and his films as producer or rep have screened on PBS and other international broadcasters or theatrical venues in over 20 countries.He is the former director of the San Francisco Int’l Asian American Film Festival (CAAM) and former IFFCON director of special projects (co-production, development market). Other films he has represented, sold or co-distributed include KAWA (New Zealand); PATANG (India-USA); DEPARTURES (Japan Oscar®-winner); AMERICA SO BEAUTIFUL (Iran-USA); SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE (USA); BEAUTIFUL BOXER (Thailand). Corey is originally from Hawaii and is based in San Francisco and Honolulu, and also has a professional background in architecture and design.

  • Brian Yang
    Actor and Film Producer
    BrianYangBrian is best known for his recurring character as forensic scientist  “Dr. Charlie Fong” on the Hawaii Five-0 TV series.  He has also starred in films such as The Man with the Iron Fists as Hyena, Quentin Lee’s The People I’ve Slept With as Jefferson (Archie Kao)’s right-hand man (and was also an Executive Producer of the film), Alice Wu’s Saving Face as Little Yu as  Joan Chen’s love interest, Michael Kang’s West 32nd as Jahnkeh, among others. Brian was also the host of a reality show in China called Shanghai Rush.
    Film production-wise, he was a producer of the 2012 Jeremy Lin basketball documentary directed by Evan Jackson Leong, Linsanity, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Other projects include producing Annie Undocumented, a Web series about young Asian Americans who are undocumented and Brittney Griner: Lifesize, about WNBA star Brittney Griner in the award-winning  “ESPN Nine for IX Shorts” series. Yang and Leong have teamed up again on a feature film, Snakehead, which will star Lucy Liu. Brian was raised in the Bay Area, attended University of California Berkeley where he studied Biology and Dramatic Arts. He speaks both English and Mandarin. His career into Hollywood began after being cast as an extra on The Joy Luck Club.

  • Chaai Wu
    Chaai is a native of Shanghai who has also lived for years in Sydney, Hong Kong and New York. In addition to her mother tongues of Mandarin and Cantonese, she also speaks English, Japanese and Italian. She is currently a language instructor for the TESOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She specializes in curriculum design and her current research is focused on the implementation of Project-Based Learning (PBL) in the classroom. She enjoys working with students from various backgrounds and her passion in teaching languages springs from her own language-learning journey. Prior to her career in education, Chaai Wu worked as a financial analyst at BNP Paribas Investment Bank from 2012-2015.



To Finalists & Special Nominees:

These Showcase versions are the focus and the draw of our May 7th Video Festival, as a large audience has already seen your original video through the Public Vote.

(And, of course, we love how the judges on  The Voice, can help make a difference in young talented people’s lives and careers — we hope these coaches and some of our “luncheon” mentors can do that for you).

These Showcase videos are eligible to win special prizes, including drone(s), special experiences/trips, and mentorship luncheons with some cool & influential executives, entrepreneurs and US-China experts.

For this final “Showcase” round:

  • Finalists/Special Nominees will have a scheduled call with a YVOC Coach (see list above), ideally between Saturday April 1 and Monday  Apr 10.
  • We will help you schedule this this call.  Coaching is limited essentially to this call.  However, if there are further questions you’d like to ask your coach, please direct your questions through our YVOC staff.
    Coaches shall review finalist’s original video beforehand and a Youth Voices contest producer will also provide some feedback in advance of the call, where possible.
    On the call, coaches will suggest edits and ideas to make your video more powerful & compelling, from improving audio, visuals, and transitions, to voiceovers and messaging.  Additional new footage IS allowed (up to 30% more; your video must not to exceed a maximum of 4 minutes).
    Up to 30% or so new footage may be added, but do your best to make it seamlessly integrated!  Only add more footage & visuals if they make your message & overall impact much more powerful).
  • DUE DATE for SHOWCASE VIDEO:  Tuesday, April 25th by 11:59 PST
    Finalists & special nominees must submit new “Showcase video” to this YVOC submission form link
    The Showcase Videos will be judged by a new round of judges, and there may be a live audience vote conducted during the May 7th Awards Bash, followed by a public vote afterwards.  The best videos are those that show significant improvement and are incredibly compelling, moving and/or entertaining.  Again, it’s your personal voice & perspective that can truly elevate your video to the next level.   (For the videos that are already quite polished, it’s about whether you can make it even more powerful and professional –e.g. cleaning up minor glitches and issues).