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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Programming on WETA Television

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WETA Television proudly celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with special programming that highlights the rich culture and history of Asian Pacific Americans. Schedule subject to change; visit weta.org for complete listings and local resources. All programs air on both WETA TV 26 and WETA HD unless noted with an asterisk. Those programs only air on WETA TV 26.

 

Pacific Heartbeat V: A Place to Call Home

Pacific Heartbeat: A Place to Call Home

Tuesday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m.

This documentary explores the growing housing crisis and lack of affordable homes for thousands of state tenants in New Zealand, as the government sets to sell off a third of its publicly owned state houses.

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Pacific Heartbeat V: Waiting for John

Pacific Heartbeat: Waiting for John

Wednesday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m.

When the American military landed on a remote island in the South Pacific during World War II, the soldiers brought planes, refrigerators, and canned goods. Amazed native islanders, who had never seen such things, thought they could come only from the Gods. Repeats Sun 5/28, 3 p.m.

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Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

Jake Shimabukuro

Wednesday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Follow ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro on a musical tour from Los Angeles to New York to Japan. Despite the exhilaration of sold-out concerts and newfound fame, there is also the loneliness of separation from home and family. Repeats Fri 5/5, 11:00 p.m.

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P.O.V.: Fallen City

P.O.V.: Fallen City

Saturday, May 6 at 11:00 p.m.

In today’s go-go China, an old city completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake can be rebuilt in an astoundingly quick two years. But, as “Fallen City” reveals, the journey from the ruined old city of Beichuan to the new Beichuan nearby is long and heartbreaking for the survivors.

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Pacific Heartbeat VI: Mele Murals

Mele Murals

Sunday, May 7 at 11:30 a.m.

This documentary highlights the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture, bringing artists, students, and the community together.

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Pacific Heartbeat VI: Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson

The Life of Pinky Thompson

Sunday, May 7 at 12:30 p.m.

After surviving a serious eye wound in World War II, Myron “Pinky” Thompson becomes a social worker and leader in the native Hawaiian community.

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Pacific Heartbeat VI: Ever the Land

Pacific Heartbeat: Ever the Land

Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m.

For over 150 years, extreme colonization tactics defined the relationship between the New Zealand government and the Ngai (tribe) Tuhoe. History was made in 2014 when the Tuhoe’s ancestral homelands were returned and the New Zealand government gave an official apology.

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Pacific Heartbeat VI: Next Goal Wins

Pacific Heartbeat: Next Goal Wins

Sunday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m.

In 2001, the American Samoa football team lost to Australia 31-0, a world record defeat. Enter a new coach who makes the players a winning team on the field and in life.

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Independent Lens: Kuma Hina

Kuma Hina

Sunday, May 7 at 11:00 p.m.

Over the course of a momentous year, a native Hawaiian mahu (transgender) teacher inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place as leader of an all-male hula troupe.

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Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm

Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm

Tuesday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m.

Review a transitional year in the life of farmer, slow food advocate, and sansei David "Mas" Masumoto whose daughter Nikiko returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father's work boots.

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Relocation, Arkansas – Aftermath of Incarceration

Relocation, Arkansas

Wednesday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m.

During World War II, nearly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry in the United States were forced into internment camps because they looked like the enemy. Two of the camps were located in Arkansas, a land of deep racial divide.

 

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Giap’s Last day at the Ironing Board Factory

Giap’s Last day at the Ironing Board Factory

Thursday, May 11 at 2:30 p.m.

In 1975, Giap, a pregnant Vietnamese refugee, escaped Saigon in a boat and within weeks was working on an assembly line in Indiana. Decades later, her aspiring filmmaker son documents her final day of work at America's last ironing board factory.

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P.O.V.: The Look of Silence

P.O.V.: The Look of Silence

Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 p.m.

In this Oscar nominated film, an optometrist identifies the men who killed his brother in the 1965 Indonesian genocide. He confronts them while testing their eyes and demands they accept responsibility.

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The Kitchen Wisdom of Cecilia Chiang

The Kitchen Wisdom of Cecilia Chiang

Sunday, May 14 at 1:30-4:00 p.m.

This six-part cooking mini-series documents the amazing life story of “the Julia Child of Chinese food in America.”

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E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name

E Haku Inoa

Sunday, May 14 at 11:00 p.m.

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, the only person in the world who knows the meaning of her name.

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Independent Lens: In Football We Trust

Independent Lens: In Football We Trust

Tuesday, May 16 at 4:30 p.m.

A tightly knit Polynesian community in Salt Lake City is one of the chief sources of the modern influx of Pacific Islander football players to the NFL. This documentary follows four young men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football.

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P.O.V.: Cutie and the Boxer

P.O.V.: Cutie and the Boxer

Saturday, May 20 at 11:30 p.m.

View an Oscar-nominated reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit. This candid New York tale explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara.

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Supper Club

Supper Club

Sunday, May 21 at 2:00-4:30 p.m.

In an afternoon of culinary delight, sample the best sweets in Hong Kong, visit a 500-year-old soba restaurant in Kyoto, take part in a Japanese tea ceremony, and watch the creation of a new Singapore Sling and some sizzling Szechuan dishes.

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Off the Menu: Asian America

Off the Menu: Asian America

Sunday, May 21 at 11:00 p.m.

Go into the kitchens, factories and temples of Asian Pacific America to explore how the bond with food reflects an evolving community. At the same time, delve into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that nourish this nation of immigrants. Repeats Tues 5/23, 4:00 p.m.

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Pacific Heartbeat IV: Road to the Globe

Road to the Globe

Wednesday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m.

New Zealand actor Rawiri Paratene’s company, Ngakau Toa, prepares to take Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida” to the Globe Theatre in London. Repeats Tues 5/30, 5 p.m.

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Soul of a Banquet

Soul of a Banquet

Friday, May 26 at 8:30 p.m.

Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) celebrates Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. The film is a touching portrait of Chiang's journey from a childhood in Beijing to accidental San Francisco restaurateur. Repeats Wed 5/31, 1:00 p.m.

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The Road to Fame

The Road to Fame

Saturday, May 27 at 11:00 p.m.

A documentary chronicles the staging of the American musical “Fame” — China's first official collaboration with Broadway — by the senior class of China’s top drama academy.

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Pacific Heartbeat V: Sons of Halawa

Pacific Heartbeat: Sons of Halawa

Sunday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Pilipo Solatorio is the last to hold the cultural traditions, music, and stories of a sacred Molokai valley in Hawaii that has been home to his family for hundreds of years. This program is an intimate portrait of his search for a successor to keep the cultural traditions alive.

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Pacific Heartbeat V: Dream Big: Nanakuli at the Fringe

Pacific Heartbeat: Dream Big

Tuesday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Students at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center are invited to Scotland to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. When a lack of funds threatens to derail this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the Hawaii community rallies to help.

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Pacific Heartbeat V: Splinters

Pacific Heartbeat: Splinters

Tuesday, May 30 at 3:00 p.m.

Set in a small seaside village in the nation of Papua New Guinea, Splinters follows a group of men and women as they compete for a spot on the National Surfing team.

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Pacific Heartbeat V: Na Mele: Jerry Santos

Pacific Heartbeat: Na Mele: Jerry Santos

Tuesday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m.

Legendary musician Jerry Santos shares music and thoughts about his home in Hawaii.

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