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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

Friday, May 1 at 3:00 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. 

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POV: The Birth of Saké

The Birth of Saké

friday, May 1 at 10:00 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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Independent Lens: One Child Nation

One Child Nation

Saturday, May 2 at 10:00 p.m.

China’s one-child policy forever changed the lives of mothers and children. Inspired by the birth of her first child, filmmaker Nanfu Wang returns to China to speak with her mother and brother and explore the ripple effect of this social experiment.

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Independent Lens: Out of State

Independent Lens: Out of State

Saturday, May 2 at 11:30 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 VI: Mele Murals

Mele Murals

Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m.

This documentary highlights the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture, bringing artists, students, and the community together.

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Pacific Heartbeat VI: Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson

The Life of Pinky Thompson

Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m.

After surviving a serious eye wound in World War II, Myron “Pinky” Thompson becomes a social worker and leader in the native Hawaiian community.

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The Story of India Parts 1 & 2

The Story of India

Monday, May 4 at 3:00 P.m.

Michael Wood explores the history and culture of today’s India. 

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The Story of India Parts 3 & 4

The Story of India 2

Tuesday, May 5 at 3:00 P.m.

Episode 3. Spice Routes & Silk Roads. An exploration of the early centuries CE, the time of the Roman Empire in the west. Episode 4. Ages of Gold. A look at some of the amazing achievements of medieval India.

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The Story of China Parts 1 & 2

The Story of China

Thursday, May 7 at 3:00 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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The Story of China Parts 3 & 4

The Story of China

Friday, May 8 at 3:00 P.m.

Episode 3. Golden Age.  In Kaifeng, Wood hears the story of the boys who became emperors; tries a 1,000-year-old recipe; and dances with the locals by Hangzhou’s West Lake.  Episode 4. The Ming. Viewers will visit the Great Wall and the Forbidden City; sail the South China Sea on a junk; visit a fabulous Chinese garden; and travel to Macao with the first Jesuit missionary to China. 

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Pacific Heartbeat VI: Ever the Land

Pacific Heartbeat: Ever the Land

Sunday, May 10 at 12:00 Noon

For over 150 years, extreme colonization tactics defined the relationship between the New Zealand government and the Ngai (tribe) Tuhoe. History was made in 2014 when the Tuhoe’s ancestral homelands were returned and the New Zealand government gave an official apology. 

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Pacific Heartbeat VI: Next Goal Wins

Pacific Heartbeat: Next Goal Wins

Sunday, May 10 at 1:00 p.m.

In 2001, the American Samoa football team lost to Australia 31-0, a world record defeat. Enter a new coach who makes the players a winning team on the field and in life.

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

Pacific Heartbeat VII: Poi E

Sunday, May 10 at 2:30 p.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 10 at 3:30 p.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 10 at 4:30 p.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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Mr. Tanimoto’s Journey

Mr. Tanimoto’s Journey

Sunday, May 10 at 7:30 P.m.

Meet Jim Tanimoto, the last living survivor of Block 42, a group of men who bravely protested the loss of their constitutional rights while being wrongfully imprisoned in an internment camp in 1941.  

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The Story of China Parts 5 & 6

The Story of China: The Last Empire

Monday, May 11 at 3:00 P.m.

Episode 5. The Last Empire.  Discover the splendors of China’s last empire, the Qing. From China’s favorite novel to story-telling houses and all-female mosques, it’s an age full of surprises. Episode 6. The Age of Revolution. Survey the three great revolutions that gave birth to today’s China. Wood visits wild mountain villages; describes the fall of the empire; and stays in the last communist commune – before a celebration on Chinese New Year. 

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Asian Americans

Asian Americans

Monday, May 11 at 8:00 P.m.

In this WETA co-production with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), explore the impact of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the United States.

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American Masters: Tyrus Wong

Tyrus Wong

Monday, May 11 at 10:00 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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The Chinese Exclusion Act: American Experience

The Chinese Exclusion Act: American Experience; The Lim Family

Tuesday, May 12 at 3:00 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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The Quietest Place on Earth

Quietest Place on Earth

Friday, May 15 at 4:00 p.m.

This documentary explores Maui’s geological and spiritual birthplace through the eyes of Hawaiian cultural practitioners, artists, scientists, doctors, authors, musi-cians, paniolo (cowboys) and spiritual leaders. Repeats Sat 5/16, 9am

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Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Prison Songs

Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Prison Songs

Sunday, May 17 at 12:00 Noon

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

Monday, June 15 at 7:00 P.m.

The documentary 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. Her story reveals what it means to be different in a deeply religious and conservative society and what it takes to be accepted without giving up who you are. 

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Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Te Kuhane o te Tupuna (The Spirit of the Ancestors)

Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Te Kuhane o te Tupuna

Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 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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Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Corridor Four

Pacific Heartbeat VIII: Corridor Four

Sunday, May 17 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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Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story

Norman Mineta

Sunday, May 17 at 4:00 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.

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Pacific Heartbeat IX: Anote’s Ark

Pacific Heartbeat IX: Anote’s Ark

Sunday, May 17 at 5:00 P.m.

The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise.  

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Mr. Tornado: American Experience

Mr. Tornado

Tuesday, May 19 at 9:00 p.m.

Meet pioneering meteorologist Ted Fujita, who transformed our understanding of tornados. His technological advancements saved lives and helped Americans prepare for and respond to dangerous weather phenomena.

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Pacific Heartbeat IX: Power Meri

Pacific Heartbeat IX: Power Meri

Sunday, May 24 at 12:00 Noon

Follow Papua New Guinea’s first national women’s rugby league team as the trailblazers journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia. These athletes must beat not only the sporting competition, but also intense sexism, a lack of funding, and national prejudice to reach their biggest stage yet. 

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Pacific Heartbeat IX: Born This Way: Awa’s Story/The Roger

Pacific Heartbeat IX: Born This Way

Sunday, May 24 at 1:00 P.m.

Born this Way: Awa’s Story — This documentary follows the journey of a Maori teen from male to female and examines the support of her family and the hurdles she must overcome. The Rogers — An intimate glimpse into the lives and obstacles of the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands.

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