ANCESTORS IN THE AMERICAS is the first in-depth television series to present the untold history and contemporary legacy of early Asian immigrants to the Americas, from the 1700s to the 1900s. Creating first-person voices through an innovative "documemoir" approach, ANCESTORS brings to life a largely unexplored past, not found in standard textbooks, and invites a new understanding of American history.

Look deeper into these pages to learn more about Filmmaker Loni Ding and the crews involed in each production.

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.

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