KCETLink Debuts 'JAPANESE AMERICAN LIVES' in Recognition of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi Featured in "Stories from Tohoku"
Calif. - April 28, 2014 - In recognition of Asian-Pacific American HeritageMonth in May, KCETLink introduces a compelling series,
AMERICAN LIVES, during three nights in May, beginning Friday, May 2 at
7 p.m. PST on Link TV (DirecTV 375, DISH Network 9410) and Friday, May 9 at 9 p.m.
Presented by the Center for AsianAmerican Media (CAAM),
LIVESexplores the rich and diverse history of Japanese Americans with
stories that go beyond the history books. From a 99-year-old female judo
master, and the complex
story of a Japanese immigrant family disrupted by WWII, to founders of the
Asian American jazz movement, and Japanese Americans helping to rebuild Japan after
the devastating tsunami and earthquake, the series is an important look at the inspirational
stories of Asian Americans who have made a difference.
Judo" - Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. PT on Link TV/Friday, May 9 at 9 p.m. on KCET
Using rare archival footage, exclusive
interviews and plenty of on-the-mat action, director Yuriko Gamo Romer eloquently
brings to life the inspiring story of a remarkable woman and judo master. At a
time when women went from childhood home to wife and homemaker, Keiko Fukuda
made an unpopular choice and took a different path, saying. This hour-long
documentary beautifully showcases the life of 99-year-old Sensei Fukuda,
presenting her as not only a pioneer for women but as an inspiration to us all.
& Sacrifice" & "Don't Lose Your Soul" - Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. PT/Friday,
May 16 at 9 p.m. on KCET
"Honor & Sacrifice" by
Lucy Ostrander tells the complex story of a Japanese immigrant family ripped
apart by WWII. The Matsumoto family included five sons -- two who fought for
the Americans and three who fought for the Japanese. The eldest, Hiroshi (Roy),
became a hero, fighting against the Japanese with Merrill's Marauders, an
American guerrilla unit in Burma.
"Don't Lose Your Soul" by
Jim Choi and Chihiro Wimbush showcases two unsung Asian Americans in the music
world. This intimate portrait follows two Asian American musical legends:
bassist Mark Izu and Grammy-nominated drummer Anthony Brown, both founders of
the Asian American Jazz Movement.
From Tohoku" - Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. PT on Link TV/Friday, May 23 at 9 p.m.
"Stories From Tohoku" chronicles survivors' stories of
courage and resilience three years after the devastating 2011 Tohoku
earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. This powerful documentary
featuring Olympic Gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, explores both the endurance
and frustration of survivors and the hope inspired by visitors. Told through
the voices of ordinary people, we meet survivors facing an uncertain future
with hope and strength, and Japanese Americans committed to help and support in
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