Part 1 Breaking Ground & A Question of Loyalty: Asian Americans On-Demand

Part 1 Breaking Ground & A Question of Loyalty: Asian Americans On-Demand

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 8:00pm - Mon, 06/08/2020 - 11:00pm

Part 1 of A new PBS series explores the impact of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States.

New immigrants from China, Japan, and beyond adapt to life in America, building railroads, impressing in Hollywood, and fighting for equality; the first generation of U.S.-born Asian Americans have their loyalties tested during World War II.

Episode Descriptions:
Episode 1 – Breaking Ground
Monday 5/11 at 8 p.m.
In an era of exclusion and U.S. empire, new immigrants arrive from China, India, Japan, the Philippines and beyond.  Barred by anti-Asian laws they become America’s first “undocumented immigrants,” yet build railroads dazzle on the silver screen, and take their fight for equality to the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
Episode 2 – Question of Loyalty
Monday 5/11 at 9 p.m.
An American-born generation straddles their country of birth and their parents’ homelands in Japan and Korea.  Those loyalties are tested during World War II, when families are imprisoned in detention camps, and brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the battle lines.

Watch On-Demand (Through 6/8/2020)

Asian Americans, a new five-part documentary series that examines what the 2010 U.S. Census identifies as the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, airs Monday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 12 ,2020 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Told through personal histories, Asian Americans explores the impact of this group on the country’s past, present, and future. 

Led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, including Academy Award®-nominated series producer Renee Tajima-Peña (Who Killed Vincent Chin?No Más Bebés), Asian Americans examines the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity, from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s and identity politics during the social and cultural turmoil of the twentieth century to modern refugee crises in a globally connected world.

Accompanied by robust educational, engagement, and digital components, this groundbreaking initiative will bring a new perspective to the American experience. Partnering with Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, the series will aim to expand audience reach and engage diverse perspectives through targeted community events, impactful education initiatives and integrated digital content.

More Programming and Local Stories at: WXXI Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Site 

 

More about the film: 

Led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, including Academy Award®-nominated series producer Renee Tajima-Peña (Who Killed Vincent Chin?, No Más Bebés), Asian Americans examines the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity, from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s and identity politics during the social and cultural turmoil of the twentieth century to modern refugee crises in a globally connected world. This five-part series premeires May 11 on WXXI-TV.

Special thanks to our community partner: 

Major funding for ASIAN AMERICANS is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB); Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; Ford Foundation/JustFilms; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Freeman Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Kay Family Foundation; Long Family Foundation; Spring Wang; and California Humanities.

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