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May 1, 2021
By Beatrice Alvarez
May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Every year, this is an opportunity to listen and learn about the diversity within AAPI communities as well as how deep the connections are to all facets of American history. Several new films and shows featuring AAPI stories will premiere this month on your local stations. We're also happy to present many more titles that you can stream, including memorable films that have previously aired on PBS stations.
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir | American Masters | May 3
Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir is an intimate portrait of the groundbreaking writer.
Far East Deep South | America ReFramed | May 4
A Chinese American family’s search for their roots leads them to the Mississippi Delta.
Curtain Up! | America ReFramed | May 11
While preparing to stage a musical, Chinatown kids discover their own cultural identities.
Meet the Donut King, the Cambodian refugee who built a multi-million-dollar empire baking
In an era of exclusion and U.S. empire, new immigrants arrive and adapt to life in America
Mr. Tornado | American Experience
The story of Ted Fujita's groundbreaking work to understand the deadliest storms.
Prom | Film School Shorts
A blossoming teen romance is derailed by racism.
Down a Dark Stairwell | Independent Lens
Sometimes the quest for racial justice isn’t black and white.
Anik Khan: Street Level | American Masters
Explore the music of Anik Khan, the Bangladesh-born, Queens, NY-raised hip-hop artist.
Delano Manongs | Viewfinder
Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers
Out of State | Independent Lens
American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs | POV | Begins streaming May 3
Meet Grace Lee Boggs, waging a revolution for over 75 years.
Maia Cruz Palileo: Becoming the Moon | American Masters
Maia Cruz Palileo is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores themes of migration.
Standing Above the Clouds | PBS Short FilmFestival
Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activist stand to protect their sacred mountain Mauna Kea.
Seadrift | Reel South
A fatal shooting in Texas ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese refugees.
Random Acts of Legacy | America ReFramed
A portrait of a Chinese American family in Depression-era America through home movies.
Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio: This is the Way We Rise | American Masters
Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet, activist, and academic.
The Ito Sisters | Viewfinder
Explore the lives of three Nisei sisters from the Sacramento Delta, including internment.
Eating Up Easter | Independent Lens
The challenge to protect remote Rapa Nui culture and environment from modernization.
Relish | Twin Cities PBS
Chef Yia Vang and mom Pang Vang make Pang's Hmong-style pork steam buns.
Island Soldier | America ReFramed
The unrecognized sacrifices of foreign soldiers who fight America's wars.
Learn more about cultural appropriation (or is it appreciation?) before you finalize this year's Halloween costume.
Watch a collection of films and specials that highlight and add context to the many aspects of race and racism in our country.
The votes are in, PBS programs rock! We're the real winners though — we can stream award-winning and nominated films below.
Multiple programs and websites were nominated for Webby Awards.
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