Vote for the Future
“Vote for the Future” includes three short videos that will be translated with Chinese subtitles, featuring Asian American kids ages 6-13, using Kristina Wong’s trademark humor of kids talking about “adult” issues. The process of making “Vote for the Future” will involve shooting remotely, having dialogues with kids from Houston and beyond, and will yield shareable, viral media where Asian American kids encourage voter-aged Americans, especially Asian Americans, to get out the vote.
Kristina Wong is a performance artist, comedian, writer and elected representative who has been presented internationally across North America, the UK, Hong Kong and Africa. Her work has been awarded with grants from Creative Capital, The MAP Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, National Performance Network, a COLA Master Artist Fellowship from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as eight Los Angeles Artist-in-Residence awards. Center Theatre Group honored her as the 2019 Sherwood Award. Her rap career in post-conflict Northern Uganda was the subject of The Wong Street Journal which toured the US, Canada and Lagos, Nigeria (presented by the US Consulate). Her long running show Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest looked at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and is now a concert film. Her award winning web series Radical Cram School released its second season this year and is directed by Jenessa Joffe. Kristina currently serves as the elected representative of Wilshire Center Koreatown Sub-district 5 Neighborhood Council, the subject of her latest show “Kristina Wong for Public Office.” The national tour of that show has been postponed due to the pandemic. She's pivoted to performing "Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord" about how in ten days during the pandemic, she went from out of work artist to factory overlord of the Auntie Sewing Squad, leading hundreds of volunteers sewing for vulnerable communities.