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Catch the sneak preview of ASIAN AMERICANS, a film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played.

Series produced by Renee Tajima-Peña


Produced by S. Leo Chiang, narrated by Daniel Dae Kim

Interviewees include Jeff Chang, Randall Park, Helen Zia, Alex Fabros, David Henry Hwang, Winifred Chin, Wendy Mink and Tammy Duckworth

The episode opens with a retro montage of 1950s Asian screen images that populate the Cold War years. It is a time of contradiction for Asian Americans. They are heralded as a quiet Model Minority, an image that is used as a wedge against African American demands for civil rights and equality. At the same time, they are targeted as perpetual foreigners and suspected as Communist subversives. It is also a time of bold ambition, as Asian Americans aspire for the first time to national political office, while a cultural and political awakening simmers beneath the surface.


Produced by Grace Lee, narrated by Tamlyn Tomita

Interviewees include Lily Lee Adams, Laureen Chew, Nobuko Miyamoto, Brenda and Jan Sunoo, Ham Tran and Viet Thanh Nguyen.

A young generation is transformed by the Vietnam War and social tumult at their universities and in their communities. They fight for equality in the fields, on campuses and in the culture, and define a new identity: Asian Americans. Just as quickly, new immigrants and refugees arrive and expand the definition of Asian America.

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    117 minutes
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    United States