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What To Watch: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Edition

Patsy Mink | Asian Americans premieres May 2020

May 1, 2020

By Beatrice Alvarez

Thank goodness Congress expanded Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Week in 1992 to cover the entire month of May. There are simply too many stories of how the country has been shaped and improved by our AAPI brothers and sisters to fit into one week. Below are some, but not all, titles you can stream to honor our country's proud and diverse AAPI history.

Remember to check your local station for air dates in addition to watching online and on the PBS Video App.

Streaming this month

American Masters

How Tyrus Wong got the job to animate Bambi

Anna May Wong: The first Asian American Movie Star
American Masters

Anna May Wong: The first Asian American Movie Star

America ReFramed

Island Soldier

Origin of Everything

Why Do We Say "Asian American" Not "Oriental"?

Kuya Geo

Meet Kuya Geo: A Filipino-American Twist on Seattle Culture

The David Rubenstein Show: Peer to Peer Conversations

Yo-Yo Ma

The Journey with Rob Stewart

Doris Matsui

Story of China

The Story of China Extended Preview

Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story

Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story

American Experience

The Chinese Exclusion Act

Breaking Big

Eddie Huang


The Birth of Sake

Shades of Indigo

Shades of Indigo

Firing Line

Nikki Haley

Premiering this month

The Registry

The Registry

American Experience

Trailer | Mr. Tornado| American Experience

Asian Americans

Asian Americans Preview

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Violence Against Asian Americans

If you are hurting, needing comfort or are curious to learn, videos are available for streaming. Additionally, resources to learn how to fight violence against Asian Americans are available.


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