During these times, A Radical Guide understands the importance of coming together as a community to address the increased discrimination against the Asian American population. This is why we are supporting the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) with their partnership with WETA for PBS in the broadcast of the upcoming series, Asian Americans.
Asian Americans is five-part series that tells the story of Asians in the United States, from the earliest immigrants through today’s issues and challenges, through the stories of real people and their families. The series is narrated by Daniel Dae Kim and Tamlyn Tomita, the series spotlights significant milestones such as the Chinese Exclusion Act and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and also shines a fresh light on lesser-known experiences that illuminate the diversity and complexity of the Asian American experience.
The series begins Monday, May 11, 2020, 8:00 p.m.– 10:00 p.m. EST on PBS
- Episode 1: Breaking Ground In an era of U.S. expansion, new immigrants arrive from China, India, Japan, the Philippines, and beyond. Eventually barred by anti-Asian laws, and become America’s first “undocumented immigrants.” Yet they build railroads, take their fight for equality to the U.S. Supreme Court, and dazzle on the silver screen.
- Episode 2: A Question of Loyalty An American-born generation straddles their country of birth and their parents’ homelands in Japan and Korea. Those loyalties are tested during World War II when families are imprisoned in detention camps, and brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the battle lines.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST
- Episode 3: Good Americans During the Cold War years, Asian Americans are simultaneously heralded as a Model Minority, and suspected as the perpetual foreigner. It is also a time of bold ambition, as Asian Americans aspire for the first time to national political office, and an emerging culture quake rises to the surface.
- Episode 4: Generation Rising During a time of war and social tumult, a young generation fights for equality in the fields, on campuses, and in the culture, and claim a new identity: Asian Americans. The aftermath of the Vietnam War brings new immigrants and refugees who expand the definition of Asian America.
- Episode 5: Breaking Through, At the turn of the new millennium, the national conversation turns to immigration, race, and economic disparity. As the U.S becomes more diverse, yet more divided, a new generation of Asian Americans tackle the question, how do we as a nation move forward together?