This May, KCET joins with cultural institutions across the country in observing Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to recognize the contributions that Asian-Americans and Pacific Islander-Americans have made to U.S. culture. During May, KCET will be screening three documentaries that examine Americans whose Asian heritage affected their lives in noteworthy ways. Have a look below for previews and showtimes, and check back on this page for any additional content KCET may add as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month progresses.
"Every Day Is a Holiday" -- Sunday, May 6, at 11:00 PM
Theresa Loong, a Chinese-American filmmaker, explores her relationship with her father, a piece of "living history" whose experience as a P.O.W. in Japan drove his transformation into the proud American he is today.
(More info here.)
"A Necessary Journey" -- Sunday, May 20, at 11:00 PM
Following the death of her infant son, Vietnamese-American Binh Rybacki travels back to her homeland for the first time since the fall of Saigon. Taking an uplifting journey with Children of Peace International, Rybacki helps to set up health clinics and impart other humanitarian gifts to the people of Vietnam, all while striving to overcome both bureaucratic obstacles and personal pain.
(More info here.)
"Live With Honor, Die With Dignity" -- Tuesday, May 29, 10 PM
The U.S. Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team comprised mostly Japanese-American soldiers, many of whom were serving while their families were interned back in the U.S. That fact notwithstanding, the soldiers fought with courage and today are recognized as the most highly decorated regiment in U.S. Armed Forces history. In "Live With Honor, Die With Dignity," surviving members tell their amazing story.