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Free Chol Soo Lee
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Free Chol Soo Lee Panel Discussion

About the Show

Sentenced to life for a 1973 San Francisco murder, Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee was set free after a pan-Asian solidarity movement, which included Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Americans, helped to overturn his conviction. After 10 years of fighting for his life inside California state prisons, Lee found himself in a new fight to rise to the expectations of the people who believed in him.

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Rollercoaster story of Chol Soo Lee, a Korean immigrant wrongfully convicted of murder.

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Scottie Lee Meyers

Scottie Lee Meyers is a millennial with a newspaper subscription and a native Milwaukeean who believes Bob Uecker calls a better game when the score is lopsided. Meyers is an Emmy Award-winning multimedia producer and journalist for Milwaukee PBS. Before that, he was at Wisconsin Public Radio, where he produced “The Kathleen Dunn Show” and filed stories for the statewide network. Over the years, Meyers served as a Wisconsin Policy Forum fellow at Marquette University and reported for several newspaper outlets, including Gannett, The North Coast Journal and Two Rivers Tribune. He’s also a proud AmeriCorps alum. He lives in the Riverwest neighborhood with his golden retriever Patsy. 

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Eugene Yi

Eugene Yi is a filmmaker, editor, and writer from Los Angeles. His editing work has been in Berlinale, Tribeca, and The New York Times. He formerly served as contributing editor for KoreAm Journal, a national Korean American magazine. FREE CHOL SOO LEE, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, is his first film as director.


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Julie Ha
Director Producer

Julie Ha’s storytelling career spans more than two decades in ethnic and mainstream media, with a specialized focus on Asian American stories. She formerly served as editor-in-chief of KoreAm Journal, a national Korean American magazine. FREE CHOL SOO LEE, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, is her first documentary film. 

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Dr. Maysee Herr
Chief Executive Officer of HWCC

Dr. Maysee Herr is Chief Executive Officer of HWCC (Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce), a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides technical and financial assistance to entrepreneurs and business startups in historically underinvested and underbanked communities. Prior to joining HWCC, Dr. Herr was an associate professor of education at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Dr. Herr was one of the founding members of Toward One Wausau, a grassroots committee of community members and local stakeholders whose mission was to bring about unity and understanding through community dialogues. She is currently a co-chair of the Toward One Wisconsin Conference happening in 2023.