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The Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience

Explore our new collection featuring a selection of films documenting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Experience — along with articles, digital shorts and original features exploring America’s continued struggle with democracy, inclusion and justice for Asian Americans, and celebrating the contributions of AAPI Americans to the American story.

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Month


  • Mr. Tornado poster image Mr. Tornado

    Mr. Tornado

    Mr. Tornado is the remarkable story of the man whose groundbreaking work in research and applied science saved thousands of lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena.

  • Plague at the Golden Gate poster image Plague at the Golden Gate

    Plague at the Golden Gate

    Follow the gripping story of the race against time to save San Francisco and the nation from an outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900.

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    Plague at the Golden Gate | Digital Short

    The Chinese Six Companies

    On May 28, 1900, San Francisco policemen formed a perimeter around Chinatown, and set about building an eight-foot high wall around the district using cement blocks and barbed wire.


  • The Chinese Exclusion Act poster image The Chinese Exclusion Act
    A Special Presentation of American Experience

    The Chinese Exclusion Act

    The 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens.

  • Daughter from Danang poster image Daughter from Danang

    Daughter from Danang

    Daughter From Danang cuts between mother and daughter as the two recall the pain of their separation, and retraces Hiep's journey from Vietnam to Pulaski, Tennessee, where she is adopted by a single woman and renamed Heidi.

  • The Island Murder poster image The Island Murder

    The Island Murder

    In 1931, Honolulu's tropical tranquility was shattered when a young Navy wife made an allegation of rape against five nonwhite islanders.