A Documentary Sharing the Personal Stories of Asian Americans in America Premieres
As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, Asian Americans, a new five-part series, casts a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played. Watch the premiere on CET and ThinkTV16 starting this Monday, May 11, at 8pm. Read on to learn about each episode!
Episode 1: Breaking Ground
Monday, May 11, 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16
In an era of exclusion and U.S. empire, new immigrants arrive from China, India, Japan, the Philippines and beyond. Barred by anti-Asian laws they become America’s first “undocumented immigrants,” yet they build railroads, dazzle on the silver screen, and take their fight for equality to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Episode 2: A Question of Loyalty
Monday, May 11, 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16
An American-born generation straddles their country of birth and their parents’ homelands in Asia. 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.
Episode 3: Good Americans
Tuesday, May 12, 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16
During the Cold War years, Asian Americans are simultaneously heralded as a Model Minority, and targeted 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 a coming culture-quake simmers beneath the surface.
Episode 4: Generation Rising
Tuesday, May 12, 9pm on CET and ThinkTV16
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 war’s aftermath brings new immigrants and refugees who expand the population and the definition of Asian America.
Episode 5: Breaking Through
Tuesday, May 12, 10pm on CET and ThinkTV16
At the turn of the new millennium, the country tackles conflicts over immigration, race, economic disparity, and a shifting world order. A new generation of Asian Americans are empowered by growing numbers and rising influence but face a reckoning of what it means to be an American in an increasingly polarized society.