Oct 18-19: Join Joan Chen – VIP Film Premiere + Brunch Benefit for Youth Voices

The 1990 Institute is gearing up to kick off its newest education initiative, Youth Voices on China (YVOC) national video contest, a national video contest designed to inspire American students in middle school through college to learn more about China.

Please join us at TWO benefit events with our dynamic Board Member JOAN CHEN, who is also the YVOC head contest judge.  Help us raise $50K by year end to support Youth Voices and the Institute’s effort to infuse more modern China content into American curriculum.

  • SAT OCT 18:  VIP Premiere of “The Last Emperor 3D”
  • SUN OCT 19: “Youth Voices on China” Brunch Benefit with Joan Chen


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Pu Yi KissSAT OCT 18  |  VIP Premiere: The Last Emperor 3D 

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm   (PG-13; 163 min)
at The Castro Theatre, San Francisco

View Trailer | More Screening Info | AFI’s 3D Review

Join JOAN CHEN, the celebrated actress, filmmaker, and 1990 Institute Board Member, for an exclusive Northern California premiere of the newly-restored 3D release of “The Last Emperor.” Joan and the Consul General of Italy will be introducing the 9-time Academy Award winning masterpiece about the life of Emperor Pu Yi in person.


FILM TICKETS$14.00 Institute rate (reg. $16.52 with fee) | Purchase by 12 Noon PST, Friday, Oct 17.

  • We’ve reserved a LIMITED block of tickets. Buy tickets now!
  • Net proceeds support The 1990 Institute’s “Youth Voices On China” video contest
  • We are co-presenting this film, which is a part of “Bertolucci – The Film Series” program presented by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, Rome and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.


plateSUN OCT 19  | Youth Voices on China Benefit Brunch with Joan Chen & Ben Fong-Torres

11:00 am – 1:30 pm
at Porcellino
1550 Church Street, San Francisco
Brunch Menu  |  Directions & Parking


Don’t miss this delectable 3-course brunch and a brief talk with Joan Chen on her work with historical China — from the making of “The Last Emperor” to starring in “Marco Polo,” the new original Netflix TV Series airing this December.

In conversation with iconic San Francisco author & journalist known for his Rolling Stone interviews, Ben Fong-Torres, Joan will also address why educating American youth today on MODERN China is so important, and how the power of film and video inspired the Youth Voices on China contest.  It should be a lively presentation.

So, join us for a wonderful Sunday at star chef Chris Cosentino’s and owner Mark Pastore’s Porcellino restaurant, the team behind Incanto and Boccalone Salumeria — pork belly fans will especially enjoy Porcellino’s signature Porchetta pork belly on our special menu.  Net event proceeds will support our Youth Voices on China program.

$59 pp by Tuesday 10/14   |  $69 pp through Friday 10/17

  Seat limited to 60. Tickets will sell out! Students welcome.
..Advance tickets only. No door sales.

AnchorAbout Youth Voices on China  | 2015 Online Video Contest

2015 Contest Theme:
WHAT’S CHINA?  Why Understanding China is Important to My Future

We hope to see you at our October 18 & 19 kickoff events, which support The 1990 Institute’s newest education initiative, the “Youth Voices On China” (YVOC) video contest.  Launching in late October, this national competition aims to inspire American middle school, high school and college students to think more deeply about how modern China impacts their lives.

Joan Chen, renowned actress, filmmaker and 1990 Institute Board Member,  is the Youth Voices’ Head Contest Judge, along with other prominent jurors from Hollywood, education, technology and other sectors. With over $15K in cash and prizes, student entrants and their sponsoring teachers can win over 20+ awards.  Finalists will screen their videos in San Francisco at the YVOC Awards Ceremony in March 2015, held in conjunction with prestigious Asian American film festival, CAAMFest.

Next year, Youth Voices aims to expand its contest format to include Chinese youth videos on “What’s America?”  For more YVOC details, visit

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