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Mar 31, 2020

“ASIAN AMERICANS”, Groundbreaking Documentary Series Examines the Significant Role of Asian Americans in Shaping American History and Identity, Launches During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on PBS

The Documentary series Asian American’s is set to debut on PBS May 11th.

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In collaboration with PBS, WETA and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), they are honored to introduce everyone to the landmark series Asian Americans. This five-part TV documentary series chronicles the contributions, the history and the challenges of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing ethnic group in America. This ambitious television saga of the Asian American story in the United States will premiere during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month airing on May 11th and 12th across the country on PBS.

Image Courtesy of: University of Washington, Special Collections, Hester 11128 
Storefront of Chinatown meat and vegetable market, San Fransisco, California 1985

Spearheaded by an array of award-winning Asian American filmmakers, including Academy Award-nominated series producer Renee Tajima-Peña (Who Killed Vincent Chin?), Asian Americans examines how Asian Americans played a role in defining both U.S. history and American identity. This documentary is narrated by Daniel Day Kim and Tamlyn Tomita. From the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s, to identity politics during the social and cultural turmoil of the twentieth century, and the modern refugee crisis, this series champions the unheard voices of Asian Americans. PBS invites you to learn about a history that has long been omitted from the textbooks. Through this groundbreaking series, PBS wants you to discover the compelling untold stories and contributions that Asian Americans have had in shaping America.

Catch Asian Americans on PBS May 11th and 12th at 8pm.