The San Diego Asian Film Festival (http://www.sdaff.org/) is ready to open up for its week-long festivities and screenings for the eleventh time this October 21-28th. The San Diego Film Foundation behind the Festival had put together a video contest (http://sdaff.org/festival/reel-in-the-vote.php) this past summer to get people armed with a camera to create 30 second PSA’s for the promotion of API votes. To encourage submissions and voter turn-out, Randall Park, along with a string of other Asian American celebrities released this video:
Beyond Tacobell and diarrhea, in all seriousness, Randall Park shares with us why it’s critical for the API community to vote— to raise our voices to be heard tomorrow.
“I believe that there is no community without it’s voice. And anyone who chooses to not be heard deserves to have their choices made for them. This includes mute people. If the mute community chooses not to be heard, then they deserve to have the blind community speak for them. They deserve to have their signs in braille. They deserve to be provided seeing-eye dogs, free of charge. They deserve to have Stevie Wonder be the President of the United States. (Which actually would be pretty cool.) But my point is, we as a community should not be mute. Even mute people can vote. It’s a basic and essential duty. The upcoming election is critical for all the obvious reasons, but I’d argue that every election is critical. Our inaction years ago is a big reason why everything is so “critical” today. Our action today will shape tomorrow.” – - Randall Park
You can enjoy more of Randall and his funniness at this year’s Unforgettable hosted by KoreAm Journal on November 20, 2010.