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Nine PBS stands united against racism. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the recent mass murder in Atlanta. These historical documentaries focus on the Asian American experience and their extraordinary contributions to our country.


May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May and every day with a special PBS collection of stories that explores the history, traditions and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. 

American Masters: Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
Monday, May 3, at 8 pm on Nine PBS - Stream on the PBS Video App or online now.
Explore the life of the groundbreaking author of “The Joy Luck Club” in this intimate portrait. Archival imagery, home movies, photographs, animation and original interviews create a vivid, colorful journey through Tan’s inspiring life and career. 

Asian Americans  
Tuesdays, beginning May 4, at 10 pm on Nine PBS
Saturdays, beginning May 1, at 9 pm on Nine PBS World  
Led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, this five-part series 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. 2020 encore. 

American Experience: Mr. Tornado
Wednesday, May 19, at 8 pm on Nine PBS
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.  

Independent Lens: The Donut King
Monday, May 24 at 10 pm on Nine PBS
Hard knocks, redemption, wealth, survival, risk, and donuts—Ted Ngoy’s life story has it all. It’s the American Dream, with a (glazed) twist.


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on Nine World

Nine World channel shines a light on the generations of Asian Pacific Americans whose identities are not just singular but run deep in American history. In May, Nine World will showcase stories by and about this multicultural community. Featuring a thoughtfully curated selection of documentaries, viewers can watch or stream over 40 films and programs. Learn more at worldchannel.org.


Asian Americans

Breaking Ground

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Expires: 2021-06-02
Rating: TV-14

In an era of exclusion and U.S. empire, new immigrants arrive and adapt to life in America

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