About This Collection
What is your identity? For Asian Pacific Americans, the answer may be as much about being Asian-Pacific as it is about being American. This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, WORLD Channel continues to put a spotlight on the evolution of the identity for immigrants and refugees, and the generations of APA children who have not one, but two identities.
In May, #MyAPALife puts the spotlight on APAs with over 40 stories by, about and for this multicultural community. Featuring the best of public media's documentaries, WORLD is showcasing films from exclusive series America ReFramed and Local, USA, and the premiere of The Chinese Exclusion Act from American Experience -- all of these programs explore the very core of what this very diverse identity/identities is/are from the past to the present and into the future.
Join the social conversation all month-long with WORLD Channel and its series, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), and PBS. Share your stories with us using the hashtag #MyAPALife!
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Episodes In This Collection
Things happen to you when you're a kid..."and you make sense of it after." Two decades after his parents' deaths, Dinesh Sabu is worried that he has no memories of his mother and father. It's a journey that takes him back to India, a country he barely knows, and it forces him to think about the mental illness that seems to run in his family.
Resistance at Tule Lake
The dominant narrative of the World War II incarceration of Japanese-Americans has been that they behaved as a “model minority” - cooperating without protest and proving their patriotism by enlisting in the Army. Resistance at Tule Lake overturns that myth by telling the long-suppressed story of Tule Lake Segregation Center.
Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China
Paula Madison knew her mother was half Chinese, half Jamaican. Growing up in Harlem, she wondered about her Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe. When did he immigrate and then leave the islands? Madison embarks on a trip of a lifetime, tracing her grandfather back to his ancestral village – and finds she has a whole new family to embrace.
Making Good Men
Two high profile New Zealanders, a former All Black, Norm Hewitt, and Hollywood actor, Manu Bennett reveal their unforgettable account of bullying with unprecedented honesty. Making Good Men is not a story of blame or humiliation. It’s a path to redemption, reconciliation and ultimately to restoration.
Kū Kanaka: Stand Tall
At 15-years-old, Terry Kanalu Young took a dive into shallow waters, becoming a quadriplegic in a split second. Nonetheless he learned to value the life he lived rather than mourn the life he lost, using that insight to offer hope to those dispossessed. At the end of his life, Kanalu was able to inspire Native Hawaiians to reclaim their sense of worth.
Filmmaker Robin Lung documents her journey to uncover the efforts of Li Ling-Ai, the visionary but uncredited producer of the Academy® Award-winning documentary Kukan. Finding Kukan is a portrait of the pioneer, and sheds a light on the longstanding underrepresentation of women and people of color in the movie-making business.
The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World and Japan: A Story of Love and Hate
Two stories, two countries: China - With 5,000 tables and a staff of 1,000, West Lake Restaurant, "the biggest Chinese restaurant in the world," is a microcosm of modern China. Japan - Naoki had it all but when the economy crashed, he lost it all. Now he and his new girlfriend Yoshie are barely surviving in the world’s second richest economy.
Being Bruno Banani
The unique story of the first and only Tongan luger who qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics. After only five months of hard training, far from home, Bruno Banani stood a realistic chance of taking part in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. No luger has ever managed to achieve so much in such a short space of time.
Random Acts of Legacy
Finding a cache of deteriorating 16mm home movies spanning from 1936 to 1951, Ali Kazimi deftly crafts a story of history and memory. Random Acts of Legacy reveals a rare portrait of a creative and enterprising Chinese American family in middle America during the Depression, and offers a counter-narrative to the stereotypes of Chinese Americans.
An uplifting tale of a small village’s attempt to harness renewable, sustainable energy. Friends Tashi and Jeevan journey to Namdok in the hopes of building a stronger Nepal, one wind turbine at a time. But the elements and landscape bring unforeseen difficulties -- increasing the struggle to realize the community’s vision of power created by wind.
Who is Arthur Chu?
Who is Arthur Chu? follows the 11-time Jeopardy! winner. By using an unconventional strategy, the former insurance analyst amassed both fans and haters on Twitter. To put his 15 minutes of fame to good use, Arthur aspires to become a public figure to address racism and sexism with his posture debunking the “model” Asian American stereotype.
Bemz Benedito is the first transgender woman to run for a seat in the Philippine Congress. Her party, which calls itself the only LGBT political party in the world is on a quest to convince voters that gay and trans people belong in national politics. OUT RUN is the story of their campaign. In this Catholic and conservative country, can they win?
Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story
Eddy Zheng came to America with his family when he was 12 years old. Then at 16, he committed a horrible crime: home invasion and kidnapping. Year after year he hoped for parole, and after almost 20 years in prison, Zheng was released, a model prisoner who wanted to become a community leader. But his victims insisted he should still be deported.
The Chinese Exclusion Act: American Experience
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.