Please join  our Judges, Coaches and special guests in celebrating our Youth Voices on China Finalists  Come see the debut of their polished, final SHOWCASE versions of their Mainland China stories on the big screen!

This past April, our talented finalist group of videomakers from age 13-25 had a chance to work with Youth Voices coaches  — industry veterans in filmmaking, content creation and education —  have helped these Youth Voices teams take their original videos to the next level.

Our $30,000 Youth Voices on China contest is the1990 Institute’s signature digital education initiative to inspire young Americans to think about the importance of U.S.-China relations to their future,  foster more global awareness, and encouraging them to share their voice, while helping them hone their video and social media skills.


2018 YOUTH VOICES ON CHINA  | Festival & Awards Bash

Sunday, May 20, 2018
12:45pm – 3:00pm  (Doors open at  12:15pm)

at Smith Rafael Film Center

1118 Fourth Street (between A and B Street), San Rafael, CA
(about 25 minutes north of San Francisco’s Presidio)

Note:  Please enter through the marked door to the right of main lobby.



  • 12:15 pm:  Doors Open to the Public | Check-In
  • 12:45 pm:  Welcome & Keynote with Mei Zhang, WildChina Founder & CEO
                       Screenings & Awards Program
    Group Photo
  •  3:00 pm:   Program Ends.  Brief reception + Interviews follows till 3:30pm
  • NOTE:  11:00 am – 12:15 pm  Private Finalista’ Brunch Reception



o Advance Festival  tickets only.  $5.00 pp via Eventbrite  
o Free for educators (email for special link)
o Purchase by Thursday May 17, 2018   (email for tickets after May 17)

o Suggested Attire: Business Casual



Mei Zhang is a native of Yunnan province in southwest China and the Founder of WildChina, a trendsetting travel company based in Beijing. Mei holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company until she found her true passion in sustainable travel.

Together with former WildChina CEO Albert Ng, Mei has built WildChina into one of the world’s BEST Adventure Travel Companies, according to National Geographic. Mei’s expertise has also led her to win a number of personal awards and accolades, including Travel and Leisure “A-List of Top Travel Advisors” and Conde Nast Traveler “Top Travel Specialist”.

WildChina now has offices in China and the U.S., and its business model is presented as a case study to all first-year students at Harvard Business School. Passionate about unlocking authentic travel experiences for the Chinese traveler, in 2011, Mei began another endeavor – Beshan Travel, introducing a chic travel lifestyle to sophisticated Chinese. In 2015, she took another leap of faith and launched, a platform that acts as the ‘Airbnb’ for authentic travel experiences.

In 2016, Penguin published Mei’s first book, Travels through Dali Wth a Leg of Ham. The book is a beautifully illustrated chronicle of her return to her roots and serves as a form of cultural cultivation for the region’s ancient traditions.

Mei lives in Berkeley, California with her husband John Pomfret and three children and maintains the social media identity @zhangmei..



  • DOWNTOWN SAN RAFAEL PARKING:  Street parking is available and is free on Sundays.See map on right for  Downtown San Rafael Street parking lots & garages.  Allow extra time for travel and parking.
    Take Marin Transporter BusIf south of San Francisco, take BART, CALTRAIN or other methods to SFO Airport and take the Marin Transporter bus to the San Rafael Transit Terminal.  Please see the site for schedule, SFO pickup locations and tickets.   Alternatively, you could take Golden Gate Transit from San Fran’s Civic Center, but we are not sure the traffic congestion issues.

    • If you are driving through San Francisco on Sunday, please allow extra drive time and plan your routes carefully around the annual Bay to Breakers Race on Sunday May 20th, 8am to 1pm.One of the largest running events in the world, this race will close many streets from the starting line at Main and Howard streets on the east side of San Francisco…to the finishing line at Great Highway near Fulton Street.
    • EXPECT DELAYS.  We suggest you take  Hwy 80 over the Bay Bridge and /or 5Hwy 580 if you are heading north from points south of the race course.
    • Once the race begins at 8am, travelers will only have 2 options to cross the north/south portion of the race course: The Embarcadero and 19th Avenue (from south of Golden Gate Park to Park Presidio Boulevard and 25th Avenue, north of Golden Gate Park).
    • For updated 2018 SFMTA Street Closures, visit the SFMTA website for updates.
    • Click here for the Bay to Breakers event course map.