Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage

WXXI is proud to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage

Finding a cache of deteriorating 16mm home movies spanning from 1936 to 1951, Ali Kazimi deftly crafts a story of history and memory. RANDOM ACTS OF LEGACY reveals a rare portrait of a creative and enterprising Chinese American family in middle America during the Depression, and offers a counter-narrative to the stereotypes of Chinese Americans.
Asian Pacific Americans are the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. WXXI in partnership with the Asian Pacific Islander American Association of Greater Rochester is featuring stories from local members of the community that provide examples of culture, heritage, history and contributions to our region and nation.
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 excluded Chinese immigrants to the U.S. for 60 years. Chinese immigrants already here could not become citizens. Watch On-Demand & Access the Teacher Guide to the documentary. 
PBS LearningMedia has a wide range of learning resources for students in grades 7-12th grade, focused on Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage and PBS's Asian American series including the full Asian Americans series

Recently Aired

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 5:00pm
Educators, we hope you’ll join us for a Virtual Professional Learning Series about Mission US Interactive simulations for remote learning with a special preview of the new Mission US simulation, “Prisoner in My Homeland,” which focuses on the experience of a Japanese American teenage boy who must make difficult choices amid the chaos and terror of incarceration during WWII.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 7:00pm
PBS NewsHour highlights the impact of young voters and explores the change they want to see from the new U.S. presidential administration. 
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 10:30am
Witness the swearing-in of the 46th President of the United States Joseph R. Biden and the 49th Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 2:00pm
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 excluded Chinese immigrants to the U.S. for 60 years. Chinese immigrants already here could not become citizens. Learn more from American Experience re-air of the program. 
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 4:00pm
A new PBS series explores the impact of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States.
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Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage

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