Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
About This Collection
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration of and tribute to Asians and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to culture, history, society and tradition in the United States. Representatives Frank Horton (New York) and Norman Y. Mineta (California), and Senators Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) and Spark Matsunaga (Hawaii) introduced a heritage week in 1977 with two bills. Both passed in the House and Senate, and it was signed as a Joint Resolution the following year by President Jimmy Carter. The week officially became a month in 1992.
WORLD Channel honors Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with a showcase of stories by, about and for this community of difference from series China's Challenges, Japanese American Lives, Global Voices, Local, USA and Pacific Heartbeat. In exploring the very core of what this diverse identity is in America today and beyond, documentaries, such as E Haku Inoa: to Weave A Name and The Grace Lee Project, will also be featured during this heritage month.
Episodes In This Collection
The unheralded story about a group of Japanese Americans, who as civilians served America during World War II, even as their families and friends were incarcerated in concentration camps. With actual recordings and first-person interviews, Calling Tokyo is a fascinating story about a unique effort to help hasten the end of the war.
The Grace Lee Project
When Korean American Grace Lee was growing up, she was the only Grace Lee she knew. Once she left the Midwest, everyone she met seemed to know "another Grace Lee." But why did they assume that all Grace Lees were reserved, dutiful, piano-playing overachievers? The Grace Lee Project puts a hilarious spin on the question, "What's in a name?"
From Christopher Woon, a.k.a. Paper Son, Among B-Boys, a counterstory to fictional Hmong American narratives, explores the intersection of rugged urban b-boyin’/b-girlin' and the roots of Hmong culture. But instead of the usual generational conflict, it unveils a story of the modern and the traditional affirming one another.
E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name
In Hawaiian culture, you don't give a name, you hake inoa. Filmmaker Christen Marquez's drive to learn the meaning of her enigmatic Hawaiian name impels her to unite her scattered family and come to terms with her estranged, mentally ill mother, who is the only person in the world who knows the meaning of her name.
Nā Lani ‘Ehā from ‘Iolani Palace: Music of Hawaiian Royalty
Bringing together some of Hawai‘i’s most beloved musicians to perform songs composed by the last members of Hawai‘i’s ruling monarchy.
A Village Called Versailles
Versailles, a town on the edge of New Orleans, is home to the densest ethnic Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, residents rebuild their homes — only to have them threatened by a landfill planned in their neighborhood. As the community fights back, it turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change.
Mr. Cao Goes to Washington
What happens when the naiveté of a political rookie clashes with the realities of racial and partisan politics of the South? A character study of Congressman Joseph Cao, a Vietnamese American Republican elected by surprise in an African American Democratic district in New Orleans. But will he make it through the term with his idealism intact?
My mother wanted to show me China. China showed me my mother. Based on "Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China," witness the moving story of author Jian Ping's coming-of-age as the daughter of a senior government official and her family's struggle to survive China's Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976.
China's Challenges: Are the Chinese People Really Happy?
Are the Chinese People Really Happy? features the vision of China’s new president, Xi Jinping, who talks about “The Chinese Dream.” But what really lies beneath this? The Chinese talk candidly about acute social problems including healthcare, education, affordable housing, and the fate of the elderly.
China's Challenges: Where is China's Economy Going?
The old economic model of low-cost, cheap-labor manufacturing is ending in China. Though the country might be an economic juggernaut, what will it take to continue its development? Where is China's Economy Going? reveals how the air and water are terribly polluted, and how society is fracturing, between rich and poor, urban and rural.
Japanese American Lives: Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful
Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful documents the life-long journey of Keiko Fukuda’s decision to defy thousands of years of tradition, choose her own path, and become the highest-ranking woman in judo history.
Under a Jarvis Moon
The story of 130 young men from Hawai‘i who, from the late 1930s through the early years of World War II, were sent on a clandestine mission by the U.S. Federal Government to occupy desert islands in the middle of the Pacific.
Independent Lens: Left by the Ship
For nearly a century, American servicemen were stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines. Many of them fathered children with the women who lived nearby. When the base closed in 1991, hundreds of these children were left behind, stripped of their fathers and their sense of identity.
China's Challenges: Are the Chinese People ‘Real’ Citizens?
Chinese people today enjoy much higher standards of living but what about their political and human rights? With the emergence of new media and the internet, citizens are made aware of their rights and have become vocal about situations they face on a daily basis. The government must now pay attention.
China's Challenges: China Can Produce. Can China Create?
How can China become a moderately well-off society in a world of turbulent markets and social disparities? And what technologies is it developing? China’s creativity started off with copying brands but when the financial crisis hit, factories faced bankruptcy with some shifting to the domestic market. China can produce but can China create?
Japanese American Lives: Don't Lose Your Soul/Honor & Sacrifice
Japanese American Lives presents Don't Lose Your Soul, a portrait of two founders of the Asian American Jazz Movement, and the story of one man’s journey from hardship to American hero in Honor & Sacrifice.
Let’s Play Music! Slack Key with Cyril Pahinui & Friends
An intimate look at master slack key artist Cyril Pahinui, his friends, and family as they play music and reminisce about his father, Gabby Pahinui, one of Hawaiʻi’s true recording legends.
Building an Identity
As the Asian American population continues to rise in the United States, so do their questions about what their place is in America. Stories of a Japanese-Filipino man who narrates his “becoming American” story; a group of mixed race professionals address issues of identity and acceptance; and mothers trying to balance the old with the new.
Little Manila: Filipinos in California's Heartland
Filled with gambling dens and dance halls, Little Manila was a notorious part of Stockton, California that in its heydey had the largest population of Filipinos outside of the Philippines. Little Manila: Filipinos in California's Heartland focuses on the history of this lively area.
China's Challenges: What do the Chinese People Believe?
What values are shaping today's China? From Confucian ethics to selfless communism, and with today’s burgeoning economy rewarding individual initiative, the Chinese have been hit by waves of ideology. China has confronted many taboos in a short amount of time. But uncertainties of values and beliefs remain.
Every Day Is a Holiday
Every Day Is a Holiday is an intimate portrait of filmmaker Theresa Loong's father, a man fifty years her senior. The film explores the bonds of the father-daughter relationship as well as places themes of growing older, immigration and racism in the context of “living history.”
Japanese American Lives: Stories from Tohuku
Capturing the stories of survivors of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in the northeast region of Japan known as Tohoku. Using only first person accounts, survivors reflect stoicism, perseverance and acceptance of their life-changing situation in ways that are marked contrasts to a more Western approach to life.
Hula: Language of the Heart
Highlighting the winners of the 2012 Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, a four-day hula competition and exhibition. Presented in an entertaining yet thought-provoking way, Hula: Language of the Heart depicts hula’s role in the past, present, and future of Hawai‘i’s people.
Chronicling what happened to first and second generation Japanese American farmers after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Journalist Jan Yanehiro interviews farmers who worked the land in California before the war, as well as citizens who were incarcerated in relocation centers or forced to move to the interior of the U.S. by executive order.
The story of a beautiful woman whose resilient spirit survives her body’s transformation by cancer, heart failure and a dramatic loss of skin pigment. Flowing between surface and interior, Indelible Lalita follows Lalita as she becomes completely White and ultimately realizes that her body is just a temporary vessel for her spirit.
Passing Poston: An American Story
For the tens of thousands of Japanese Americans forcibly interned during World War II, the scars have never healed. Passing Poston: An American Story tells the story of four former internees of the Poston Relocation Center, who are struggling to reconcile the trauma of their youth in order to find their rightful place in this country.