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|KQED Public Broadcasting Celebrates
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month In May|
More than 80 Asian Pacific American-related Programs to Air on
KQED Public Television
Six Local Heroes to Receive Accolades in Awards Ceremony on May 5
Sponsored by Union Bank of California with support from
the National Asian American Telecommunications Association
San Francisco, California, April 15, 2004 -- This May, KQED Public Broadcasting proudly celebrates the culture, heritage, and presence of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This month-long commemoration includes special programming and an event honoring a group of six local leaders for their outstanding accomplishments and unswerving service within their communities.
The special evening of recognition, hosted by KQED Public Broadcasting and Union Bank of California with support from NAATA, takes place on Wednesday, May 5 at the KQED Broadcasting Center from 6 to 8:30 pm. The six honorees have been chosen based upon their outstanding contributions to their local communities and the Bay Area community at large.
The 2004 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month honorees are: Linda K. Asato, Wu Yee Children's Services; Chui L. Tsang, San Jose City College; Dr. Samuel So, Stanford University Asian Liver Center; Dr. Tuong-Vi Ta, Asian Community Mental Health Services; Chi Mei Yeung (co-winner), Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA); and Kwei Fong Lin (co-winner), Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA).
KQED will offer over 80 programs that focus on Asian Pacific American themes and issues. Some highlights of the month include:
Program listings and descriptions for May can be found in the KQED Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Guide, which also lists Bay Area events and resources for Asian Pacific Americans. Look online at www.kqed.org/heritagemonths.
- In P.O.V. American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i, a renaissance of Hawaiian culture takes place in California. Master teachers of the hula, a living tradition that tells of the rich history and spirituality of Hawai'i through music, language, and dance, celebrate this custom.
Airs Sunday, May 2 at 6:00 pm on KQED Public Television 9.
- Since the fall of Saigon, refugees have built the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam, in Orange County. Saigon U.S.A. chronicles how "Little Saigon" burst onto the national stage in 1999 when a store owner displayed a poster of Ho Chi Minh, triggering protests.
Airs Monday, May 3 at 11:00 pm on KQED Public Television 9.
- Independent Lens: One Night at the Grand Star/Double Exposure focuses on the Grand Star, a classic old-school Chinatown establishment that has become one of Los Angelesís liveliest and most culturally integrated nightclubs. In Double Exposure, an artist and self-proclaimed "old Chinese lady" sets out to explore her own identity and ends up making her first film in her 60s.
Airs Tuesday, May 4 at 11:00 pm on KQED Public Television 9.
- Great Performances: Kurosawa features film excerpts from a six-decade career while examining the influential techniques and subject matter of his greatest films. Kurosawa's work has influenced many of America's most acclaimed actors and directors, including Clint Eastwood and James Coburn.
Airs Saturday, May 15 at 9:00 pm on KQED HD, and at 11:13 pm on KQED 9.
- On September 30, 1965, six of Indonesia's senior generals were kidnapped and murdered. This massacre set in motion a national power struggle that led to a reign of terror, described in Shadowplay. Airs Thursday, May 20 at 11:00 pm on KQED Public Television 9.
- Reporting from both sides of the Pacific Ocean, KQED's Pacific Time explores the ideas, trends, and cultural patterns that flow back and forth between Asia and America.
Airs Thursdays at 6:30 pm and again at 11:00 pm on KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM and KQEI 89.3 FM in Sacramento.
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KQED Public Broadcasting operates KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during prime-time, and KQED's digital television channels, which include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids; KQED Public Radio, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento); KQED.org, one of the most visited station sites in Public Broadcasting; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.