Roman Rolland once said, “There is only one heroism in the world: to see the world as it is and to love it.” I have never believed this quote more than after the life-changing event that happened to my friends and me last winter, and is the inspiration for writing this film. This incident showed me that life itself is full of fear; but with courage and love, we can challenge this fear and keep moving forward in our lives. It is this message that is at the heart of At Least There’s Hot Pot.


Going through the unfamiliar American legal process and facing fears of incarceration and deportation, our futures seemed as uncertain as they could be. However, my friends continued to love this world and never gave up on their dreams even in the midst of these challenging circumstances. It truly is a story of the humanity, the struggle, and the courage of these young members of the Chinese American community. 


We all need to be reminded that one’s true bravery is not fearlessness but the resilience and courage to face one’s fear. The film At Least There’s Hot Pot will invite audiences to sit down and have hot pot together with these true-life characters and hopefully, bring a moment of warmth and comfort to everyone facing a dark, cold night.



Yun Xie - Writer/Director


Born in Shanxi, China, based in Los Angeles. She initially started telling stories as a journalist before going on to study theater directing at the Shanghai Theater Academy and film directing at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

Yun's directorial debut film, The Still Life, co-written with Oscar-winning screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris, won the Remi Award at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. In 2016, she co-directed the feature film, Truth or Dare, which was nominated for Best Picture at the Syracuse International Film Festival. Her short film, Pier Las Vegas, was invited to several international film festivals including the FIRST  International Film Festival Xining. On the non-fiction side, her documentary series, Why We Dance, was an official selection at the St.Louis International Film Festival and American Documentary Film Festival. Yun was also awarded “Top Ten Outstanding Chinese American Youth” in the Los Angeles Post.



Yun Xie



Borui Dong

Shirley Chen

Weibo Liu



At Least There’s Hotpot is a drama focused on four young Chinese immigrants forced to face the uncertainties of incarceration after an unexpected violent incident occurs.


After being arrested for the first time and separated from their loved ones, their futures now hang in the balance, each of them tries their best to pick up the pieces of their shattered dreams.


At Least There’s Hotpot explores themes of fear and love among this generation of immigrants. 

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