In May, Arizona Public Media (AZPM) honors Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by featuring an extensive lineup of special programming. From history to performing arts to independent film, PBS 6, Ready TV, WORLD, and the UA Channel offer viewers the opportunity to explore the rich, vibrant history, and cultural contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans.
Television highlights include:
Chinese Couplets, airs Tuesday, May 3rd at 7 p.m. on World. This remarkable piece tells the intimate family story that reveals the impact of America's Chinese Exclusion Acts on one family, over two centuries in three countries on four generations of women.
Pacific Heartbeat: Season 5, begins Tuesday, May 3rd at 10 p.m. on ReadyTV. This anthology series provides viewers a glimpse of the real Pacific—its people, cultures, languages, music, and contemporary issues. From revealing exposés to rousing musical performances, the series features a diverse array of programs intended to draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.
The Legacy of Heart Mountain, airs Friday, May 6th at 10 p.m. on ReadyTV. Heart Mountain is a spectacular and beautiful backdrop to a story of triumph and tragedy. Seventy years ago, an internment camp filled with 10,000 Japanese Americans sat in the shadow of the mountain. It was just a few miles outside Cody, Wyoming, where the land is rugged and the weather is brutal. It's where American citizens were imprisoned behind barbed wire and guard towers for no other reason than their heritage. The Hirahara Photo Collection tells the story of Heart Mountain through pictures. In this collection were amazing images taken by Patti Hirahara's father and grandfather while inmates at Heart Mountain.
Changing Season: On the Matsumoto Family Farm, airs Wednesday, May 11th at 12:00 p.m. on ReadyTV. Review a transitional year in the life of farmer, slow food advocate and sansei David "Mas" Masumoto, and his relationship with his daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father's work boots.
Telos: the Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui, airs Monday, May 23rd at 12:00 p.m. on ReadyTV. Rejected by the status quo and embattled to defend his futuristic, yet naturalistic visions, an anti-establishment architect finds unexpected allies in the small town where he hopes to build his architectural fantasia.
For a complete list of programs, visit azpm.org.
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