May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and we are honoring the impact that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made on this country’s past, present, and future. This month, we’ll feature programs and learning resources that explore Asian American and Pacific Islander history, culture, and traditions.
Asian Americans delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. This 2-part documentary showcases the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity. It covers the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s to the modern refugee crises in a globally connected world.
Premieres on-air and online Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12 at 8PM
Full of creative and beautifully told stories about the arts, culture, and intimate human histories, Pacific Heartbeat features a diverse array of programs that explore the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.
ViewFinder: Vanishing Chinatown
Discover the history of San Francisco’s changing Chinatown through the story of a family photo studio and the photo archive they left behind.
Premieres on-air and online Wednesday, May 27 at 7PM
No Passport Required – Seattle
As Filipino food gains more national, mainstream recognition, members of this Seattle community are working to tell the story on their own terms. Join host Marcus Samuelsson as he goes to Seattle, where he spends time with immigrant and second-generation Filipinos who are taking charge of their city’s food scene.
KVIE Arts Showcase: Cambodian Dance
Discover a local Cambodian dance troupe and designer reviving ancient traditions to pass down to future generations.
American Experience: The Chinese Exclusion Act
Examine the origin, history, and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and prevented Chinese nationals already here from becoming U.S. citizens.
American Experience: Mr. Tornado
Discover the story of Japanese American meteorologist Theodore Fujita, and his groundbreaking research that has saved thousands of lives and helped generations of Americans prepare with resources for future dangerous weather phenomena.
Premieres on-air and online Tuesday, May 19 at 8PM
ViewFinder: Next Gen – Asian American Art in the Central Valley
Meet four regional artists using dance, drama, and the visual arts to reshape narratives about their communities – and change how their communities see themselves.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month At-Home Learning Resources
- Around the Globe: Cambodia
- Economics in Ancient India
- Asian-American Pacific Heritage Month | All About the Holidays
- Technology in Ancient China
- Becoming an American: The Chinese Experience
- Climate Change and the Pacific Islands
- Country Report: Pakistan
- Asian Americans Screening and Discussion – Wednesday, May 6 at 6PM