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.

Featured Programming

Friday, May 13, 2022 - 7:00pm
In the United States, May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Many people use the month to honor the accomplishments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States while celebrating their diverse heritages. Learn more with some of your friends from PBS KIDS! 39 Videos in a PBS KIDS Playlist Watch Here:
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 4:00pm
Join WXXI Education for a free media-making workshop using inspiration and resources from public media projects and series such  as PBS' Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 8:00pm
From protesting poor housing conditions to advocating for more youth programming, the activists of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 60s and 70s had a vision for their community.
Monday, May 30, 2022 - 9:00pm
This film traces the artistic development of this remarkable young musician, from an early ability to play piano by ear, to his gold medal triumph in the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, to his debut at Carnegie Hall.
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 8:00pm
In anticipation of the encore presentation of Who Killed Vincent Chin, airing June 20 on WXXI-TV, author Paula Yoo discusses her new book about Vincent's killing and the trial.
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 8:00pm
In anticipation of the encore presentation of Who Killed Vincent Chin, airing June 20 on WXXI-TV, PBS Books host a conversation with the filmmakers. 
Monday, June 20, 2022 - 10:00pm
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s death, WXXI presents a special encore presentation of the Academy Award® nominated film.

Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage

A collection of films by and about individuals amplifying and affirming Asian American Pacific Islander voices across the country and around the globe. Watch on-air, stream online and share the voices, the stories on WORLD and from our partners in public media.
WXXI Classical is proud to pay tribute to the generations of classical musicians of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in the future of classical music.
ASIAN AMERICAN STORIES OF RESILIENCE AND BEYOND is a series of seven documentary shorts that move beyond the pandemic and reflect the complexities of Asian American experiences in this critical moment. For more: https://worldchannel.org/press/article/asian-american-stories-of-resilience-and-beyond-short-films-viewers-guide/
With attacks on Asian and Asian Americans increasing across the country, the Levine Center to End Hate was proud to partner with Monroe Community College’s Department of Global Education & International Services to present a three-part series exploring the Asian and Asian American communities of Greater Rochester, the history of racism and xenophobia aimed at Asian and Asian Americans in our country, and ways we can work together to support our Asian and Asian American neighbors. 
At Lowell High School, San Francisco’s academic pressure cooker, the kids are stressed out.  Watch On-Demand through 6/1/22
Watch On-Demand: PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism is a special co-viewing program for families with young children to watch and discuss together. 
Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings is a curriculum, video series, and at-home activity collection that explores family history and DNA ancestry with youth, appropriate for educational settings.
A 3 episode digital series on Asian America history produced in partnership by the Center for Asian American Media and PBS Digital Studios. A People’s History of Asian America tells the history of Asian Americans through the microaggressions and stereotypes this community faces. 
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
Sesame Workshop continues its major commitment to racial justice with new resources and content called "Coming Together" to help families talk to young children about race and identity. 
The PBS Asian Americans 5 episode series shows the impact and contributions of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States. Watch the full series on PBS LearningMedia.
A collection of films by and about individuals regarding race across the country and around the globe. Watch on-air, stream online and share the voices, the stories on WORLD and from our partners in public media.
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.

Recently Aired

Friday, November 5, 2021 - 12:00pm
Watch the archive weekly series of virtual events to accompany the airing of the PBS Future of Work Series. Conversations include discussion of topics involving the future of work addressing quality career paths, addressing issues of race and equity, the impact of technology, lessons from young workers, continuing to work longer, women's roles in the workplace and supporting mental health. 
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 3:00pm
Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of “The Joy Luck Club” in this intimate portrait.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 8:00pm
This film weaves together the complex personal histories of four adult adoptees born in South Korea with the rise of the country’s global adoption program.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 10:00pm
People worldwide have seen the Disney animated classic Bambi and been deeply moved by it, but few can tell you the name of the artist behind the film. 
Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 8:00pm
Five-time Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku shattered records as a swimmer and brought surfing to the world while overcoming rampant racism in a lifetime of personal challenges. 
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Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage

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