A journey through America’s past, offering two contrasting views of our future as we examine what our Founding Fathers meant when they declared that, “All Men are Created Equal.”
A STORY THAT NEEDS TO BE TOLD
The Race takes you on a journey through America’s past often marred by prejudices, inherent biases, stereotyping, and violence based on race. Through the lens of former California State Treasurer John Chiang’s historic race for California governor, we examine race, politics, privilege, and the promise of the American Dream. This journey takes us to the era of Trump, potentially the most racially divisive time in America’s history. But ultimately, despite our history of racial division and discrimination, we see hope in our future when we stay strong and appeal to what has made America great – tolerance and understanding.
Ronald W. Wong is the founder of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation and President of Imprenta Communications Group, an award-winning public affairs, ethnic marketing and campaign firm, serves as producer and will oversee the fundraising and management of the entire project. Ron has been involved in politics and political campaigns for the past 30 years. He has won nearly 100 awards for his creative work including the production of commercials, public service announcements (PSAs), and traditional and digital advertising.
A master storyteller, Ron is a recognized expert in politics, communications, and advertising to diverse communities. The Race is the culmination of Ron’s work in politics, social justice, and the political empowerment of diverse underrepresented communities for the last 30 years. Ron has been involved and committed to the civic and political engagement of Asian Pacific Islanders.
Tony Shyu is a noted director and award-winning screenwriter. Tony serves as director and producer of the project. Tony spent many years in Asia creating award-winning commercials for major brands such as Avon, Volvo, and Visa. He won the Taiwan Times award, which is Asia’s equivalent of a Clio award. The PSA he directed for API Vote starring George Takei, John Cho, and Constance Wu won the 2016 Videographer award.
He is also currently in production on Macau Omen (2018), which has won numerous awards including Best Screenplay at the 2012 Gotham film awards. His short film, Macau Twilight (2008), was an official selection at the BFI London Film Festival. Tony also wrote, directed and produced a feature film, Tequila Body Shots (1999), which was distributed by Lionsgate.
Tony received his B.A. and M.F.A. in film from the renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, which is known for creating visual storytellers. His classmates at Art Center included famed award-winning directors Michael Bay, Zack Snyder, and Tarsem Singh, among many others.