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Five-hour film series Asian Americans to air on PBS Hawaii May 11 & 12

Groundbreaking documentary series features America's fastest growing ethnic group

“Asian Americans” is a five-hour film series that will chronicle the contributions, and challenges of Asian Americans, the fastest growing ethnic group in America. Personal histories and new academic research will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the role Asian Americans have played in it. The program airs on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 8 p.m.on PBS Hawaii. HI Now guest host Kainoa Carlson spoke to filmmaker S. Leo Chiang about the series.

The film series will look at ways in which the Asian experience in the U.S. illuminates the larger American story and explore the role Asian Americans have played in the evolution of the American identity, in the context of migration, diversity and global connectedness.

Told through individual lives and personal histories, “Asian Americans” explores the impact of this group on the country’s past, present, and future. Led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, including Academy Award-nominated series producer Renee Tajima-Peña (Who Killed Vincent Chin?, No Más Bebés), “Asian Americans” examines the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity, from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s and identity politics during the social and cultural turmoil of the twentieth century to modern refugee crises in a globally connected world.

As America’s home for documentaries, PBS is committed to telling stories that illuminate and celebrate the rich diversity of our country and are proud to share this important series with our audiences, and to deepen understanding about the extraordinary impact of Asian Americans on our national identity.

About S. Leo Chiang:

Chiang is an independent documentarian. His Emmy Award-nominated film, A Village Called Versailles, about the rebuilding and transformation of the Vietnamese American community in post-Katrina New Orleans, picked up eight film festival awards, aired on PBS Independent Lens series, and has been acquired by more than 200 libraries. His last documentary, Out Run, which profiles the only LGBT political party in the world, premiered at the 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and won Best Cinematography at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

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