137: Go for it! Interdisciplinary artist Jinna Kim on DIY, productivity, and a nonlinear creative journey

Jinna Kim describes herself as an interdisciplinary artist — I would also describe her as a multi-disciplinary artist! From food photography to filmmaking to everything in between, Jinna follows her curiosity and jumps in feet first to build her skill sets and continue to grow. 

You’ll hear us discuss Jinna’s first short documentary, Chinese Girl Wants Vote, and works in progress. We discuss storytelling choices, intention and impact, continuous improvement and embracing that Do It Yourself Energy, persevering despite rejection, and more.


Jinna Kim was born in Masan, South Korea and immigrated to the United States as a toddler. She is an award winning interdisciplinary artist who became a filmmaker during quarantine. Originally trained in classical music, Jinna began her professional career in arts administration working at the Public Theater, and then the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). While in NYC, Jinna received fellowships from Korea Society and the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement.  After completing her MBA at the University of Virginia, Jinna moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to work at a major bank. Jinna is a prolific actor, writer, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist. She was recognized in Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 listing in 2019.  Instagram: @jinnazkim

“Chinese Girl Wants Vote” is a documentary-style short film created about lesser-known suffragist Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee. The project was produced during quarantine in response to growing anti-Asian sentiment during COVID-19 and in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The year 2020 also marked the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, for American women’s constitutional right to vote.

This episode includes a short clip from Chinese Girl Wants Vote to transition into the beginning of our conversation. You’ll hear an additional clip including Dr. Lee’s words read aloud at the very end of this episode.

Transcript of this episode available upon request. Please reach out to artistsoapbox@gmail.com.


Digital Public Library of America: Chinese Girl Wants Vote

Women’s Theatre Festival Highlights Asian American Theater and Film in a Time of Dangerous Rhetoric (2020)

Women’s History site on Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

National Park Service on Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

Rolling Stone article: What you can do about Anti-Asian Violence


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