Asian Americans

Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played.

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Major funding for ASIAN AMERICANS is provided by Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB); Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Ford Foundation/Just Films; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Freeman Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Kay Family Foundation; Long Family Foundation; Spring Wang and California Humanities.

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"It Reminds Me I Have a Legacy To Live Up To"

04:10

Annie Tan uncovers a dark moment in her family's history.



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The Astonishing Story of the Men Who Built the Railroad

02:04

Chinese immigrants who built the railroad were erased from history, but not forgotten.

Satsuki Ina Was Born American but Looked Like the Enemy

04:34

For Satsuki Ina, the question of loyalty began when she was born behind barbed wire.

For Susan Ahn, WWII Was a Fight for America and Korea

01:48

For Korean Americans like Susan Ahn, WWII was a fight to defend both the U.S. and Korea.

He Fought in Vietnam, but He Had the Face of the Enemy

01:10

Mike Nakayama was an American GI, but he was still seen as the enemy.

Learning Their Asian American Roots at San Quentin Prison

02:26

The Roots Program brings Asian American history to San Quentin prison.

Tereza Lee Was the Inspiration for the Dream Act

00:39

Tereza Lee went from undocumented and afraid to DREAM Act immigrant activist.