1990 Video Contest: Deadline March 31, 2019

What’s in Your Wok? is the theme of 1990 Institute’s current 1990 Video Contest (formerly Youth Voices on China). Food is not just what you eat, but is also a reflection of the culture and people of its origin. What’s in Your Wok? is a video contest that asks you to look around, in your navel and in your fridge, to figure out what place Chinese food has in your life and why.

You may decide that the answer to What’s in Your Wok? is something that has cultural significance: did you know that there are eight major culinary traditions in China? Perhaps you or your family have fond memories of a particular dish from one of these cuisines. Your video could capture a family member or friend discussing his or her traditions around Chinese food. Or your video may be a reflection of what you or someone you know thinks about Chinese culture and why that person likes or doesn’t like Chinese food. Humor can be a wonderful ingredient. You could make a video of how you or a relative prepares a dish. Or take a walk in a Chinatown near you to showcase the latest in street food. There are a zillion potential subjects for this 1990 Institute Video Contest—let your imagination be your guide!

2019 Video Contest Information

  • 3 different age categories:
  • Ages 13-15
  • Ages 16-18
  • Ages 18+
  • Video length: maximum 5 minutes
  • Submissions: through 03-31-19
  • Winners announced: on or before 05-01-19
Prizes for each age category
  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $500
  • 3rd place: $250
  • Winning teacher’s prize: $1,000

Your video will be judged on originality, authenticity and how the subject matter ties to Chinese food and traditions.

The video cannot use any intellectual property owned by others. For example, any background music used should be original or available for use without restrictions.

Questions: videocontest@1990institute.org