Program 1 - Coolies, Sailors and Settlers: Voyage to the New World
Traces the global forces that brought the first Asians--Filipinos, Chinese and Asian Indians--to the Americas and the Caribbean in the 18th and 19th centuries, and looks at their lives as sailors, coolies, and finally settlers.
Program 2 - Chinese in the Frontier West: An American Story
Portrays the large-scale immigration of Chinese during the Gold Rush, their central role in developing the American west, and their landmark legal battles to overcome discrimination and expand the definition of "American."
Program 3 - Crossing a Continent, Crossing the Pacific
Chronicles the late 1800s to the 1920s, during which the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, anti-Asian sentiment led to the Chinese Exclusion Act, all of the first major Asian groups arrived, and Asia became America's new frontier.