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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Programming on WETA Television

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WETA Television proudly celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with special programming that highlights the rich culture and history of Asian Pacific Americans. Schedule subject to change; visit weta.org for complete listings and local resources. All programs air on both WETA TV 26 and WETA HD unless noted with an asterisk. Those programs only air on WETA TV 26.

 

Korea: The Never-Ending War

Korea: The Never-Ending War

Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00 P.m.

Shine a light on a geopolitical hot spot in John Maggio's new documentary, narrated by actor John Cho. Often considered a "forgotten war," the Korean War was an important turning point in world history that still reverberates today. Repeats 5/2, 1pm

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WETA Arts: May 2019

WETA Arts: May 2019

friday, May 3 at 8:30 P.m.

WETA Arts spotlights visual and performing arts in Greater Washington and celebrating the diverse cultural heritage of the nation’s capital. This month, the program celebrates Asian Pacific American heritage; changing Chinatown; dancer explores his Hawaiian roots; Korean quilting tradition.

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The Story of China

The Story of China

Saturday, May 4 at 11:30 P.m.

Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the history of the world’s newest superpower. A thrilling and moving epic of the world’s oldest continuous state with the landscapes, peoples, and stories that made today’s China.

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Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Prison Songs

Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Prison Songs

Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 P.m.

The people imprisoned in a Darwin jail are shown in a unique and completely new light in Australia’s first ever documentary musical. Incarcerated in tropical Northern Territory, over 800 inmates squeeze into the overcrowded spaces of Berrimah Prison. In an Australian first, the inmates share their feelings, faults and experiences in the most extraordinary way – through song. 

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Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Leitis in Waiting

Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Leitis in Waiting

Sunday, May 5 at 3:00 P.m.

Leitis in Waiting tells the story of Tonga’s evolving approach to gender fluidity through a character-driven portrait of the most prominent leiti (transgender) in the Kingdom, Joey Mataele, a devout Catholic of royal descent.

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Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Te Kuhane o te Tupuna

Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Te Kuhane o te Tupuna

Sunday, May 5 at 4:00 P.m.

This documentary film is a journey from Easter Island to London, in search of the lost Moai Hoa Haka Nanaia, a statue of significant cultural importance. It explores the social and political landscape of the island of Rapanui as the people attempt to claim back what is rightfully theirs: their land and a lava-rock image of tremendous presence, representing one of the world's most extraordinary cosmological views.

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Independent Lens: Out of State

Independent Lens: Out of State

Monday, May 6 at 11:00 p.m.

Shipped thousands of miles away from Hawaii to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two Native Hawaiians discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence.

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Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Corridor Four

Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Corridor Four

Sunday, May 12 at 3:00 P.m.

A nationally recognized K9 Unit Officer, Isaac Ho‘opi‘i is responsible for saving numerous people from the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Countless articles were written about his heroism following 9/11. He was photographed by Richard Avedon for a spread in USA Today. He appeared on NBC’s Today Show. And he ran the Olympic Torch on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Let's Play Music!

Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Let's Play Music!

Sunday, May 12 at 4:00 P.m.

Master slack key musician Cyril Pahinui, jams with some of the most revered and talented musicians in Hawai‘i in intimate kanikapila style backyard performances. Cyril was the son of Gabby “Pop” Pahinui, who is considered the “Godfather” of Hawaiian slack key guitar and whose music was featured prominently in the Academy Award winning film, The Descendants. Cyril Pahinui passed away on November 17, 2018; this encore broadcast is dedicated to him.

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Off the Menu: Asian America

Off the Menu: Asian America

Sunday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Go into the kitchens, factories and temples of Asian Pacific America to explore how the bond with food reflects an evolving community. At the same time, delve into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that nourish this nation of immigrants. 

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American Masters: Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong

Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m.

Discover the art, life and enduring impact of Tyrus Wong, the renowned Chinese American painter behind “Bambi” and “Rebel Without a Cause,” who once exhibited with Picasso and Matisse, via new and never-before-seen interviews, movie clips and art. 

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POV: The Birth of Saké

The Birth of Saké

Sunday, May 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Go behind the scenes at Japan’s Yoshida Brewery, where a brotherhood of artisans, ranging from 20 to 70, spends six months in nearly monastic isolation as they follow an age-old process to create saké, the nation’s revered rice wine.

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Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story

Norman Mineta

monday, May 20 at 9:00 p.m.

Meet the statesman who served as cabinet secretary for presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. Mineta, imprisoned by the U.S. during World War II for his Japanese ancestry, was the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet. Repeats Wed 5/22, 5pm

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Kolkata with Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins

Tuesday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m.

With comedian Sue Perkins, explore the story of India through the life of one of its most beguiling and exuberant cities, Kolkata. From its grand history as the seat of British Imperial power to its modern reincarnation as a center of com-merce, the past, present and future of India co-exist here like nowhere else.

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Relocation Arkansas: Aftermath of Incarceration

Relocation Arkansas

Wednesday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Spotlighted are the legacy of imprisonment: a member of the Takemoto family strives to come to terms with his relatives’ experience; the Yada family stayed in Arkansas and became sharecroppers contending with segregation in society; and a determined local town mayor had her life threat-ened because she had the audacity to see the prisoners as Americans who had been wronged.

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Supper Club

Supper Club

Thursday May 23 at 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. 

In an afternoon of culinary delight, sample the best sweets in Hong Kong, visit a 500-year-old soba restaurant in Kyoto, take part in a Japanese tea ceremony, and watch the creation of a new Singapore Sling and some sizzling Szechuan dishes.

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Pacific Heartbeat VII: Poi E: The Story of Our Song

Pacific Heartbeat VII: Poi E

Sunday, May 26 at 3:00 A.m.

Not many songs in the history of the Universe have the power to bridge cultures, save towns, change lives, travel the world, set records and give pride to a culture, a community, a language and a people. ‘POI E: the story of our song’ is the unbelievable true story of a song that did and the man who did it – Dalvanius Prime. 

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Pacific Heartbeat VII: Making Good Men

Pacific Heartbeat VII: Making Good Men

Sunday, May 26 at 4:00 A.m.

What would you say if you came face to face with your childhood bully as an adult? Maybe you have it all mapped out in your head, maybe you’ve practiced your speech a million times. Or were you the bully? Have you ever thought about whether you would acknowledge your past, given the opportunity? 

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Pacific Heartbeat VII: Being Bruno Banani

Being Bruno Banani

Sunday, May 26 at 5:00 A.m.

Being Bruno Banani tells the unique story of the first and only Tongan Luger who managed to qualify in an amazingly short amount of time for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Through his name he also acted as the first “living brand” using a completely new and disputed way to get around the strict IOC’s Olympic advertising regulations.

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The Quietest Place on Earth

Quietest Place on Earth

Sunday, May 26 at 3:00 p.m.

This documentary explores Maui’s geological and spiritual birthplace through the eyes of Hawaiian cultural prac-titioners, artists, scientists, doctors, authors, musi-cians, paniolo (cowboys) and spiritual leaders. 

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The Chinese Exclusion Act: American Experience

The Chinese Exclusion Act: American Experience; The Lim Family

Sunday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m.

Examine the origin, history and impact of 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. The first in a long line of acts targeting the Chinese for exclusion, it remained in force for more than 60 years. 

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