Sunday, 5/13 6pm Family Ingredients: Okinawa — Soki Soba Learn about Okinawan soba — not to be confused with Japanese soba — and how it embodies the spirit of the Okinawan people and the complex history of their islands.
Sunday, 5/20 6pm Family Ingredients: Tahiti — Poisson Cru Meet a Polynesianseafarer on a worldwide voyage with a stop at his ancestral home — a family moment to remember and an unforgettable dish.
Tuesday, 5/22 7pm Off the Menu: Asian America Go into the kitchens, temples and farms of Asian Pacific America to explore how the bond with food reflects an evolving community.
Sunday, 5/6 7pm Forever Chinatown: A Local USA/Truly CA Special This documentary presents the story of self-taught, 81-year-old artist Frank Wong who has spent the past four decades building romantic, extraordinarily detailed miniature models of the San Francisco Chinatown rooms of his youth.
Friday, 5/11 3pm Pacific Heartbeat: Making Good Men (NEW) What would you say if you came face to face with your childhood bully as an adult? In this film, two high-profile men, a former All Blacks rugby player and a Hollywood actor, reveal their unforgettable account of bullying with unprecedented honesty.
Friday, 5/25 3pm Pacific Heartbeat: Being Bruno Banani (NEW) Being Bruno Banani tells the unique story of the first and only Tongan luger who managed to qualify in an amazingly short amount of time for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Tuesday, 5/1 4pm POV Web Junkie Follow the military-style rehab program treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers who prefer the virtual world to the real one.
5pm America ReFramed: Unbroken Glass Uncovering a silenced family history of mental illness, Dinesh Sabu sets out on a journey across the United States and India to piece together their story.
6pm I Am Having lost the opportunity to come out to her own mother, an Indian lesbian filmmaker — now living in the U.S. — travels across India to meet with parents of other gay and lesbian South Asians.
Wednesday, 5/2 4pm Stories in Thread This film focuses on focuses on Hmong Pa Dau aka Story Cloths — handmade textiles that are integral to what it means to be Hmong in America.
Sunday, 5/6 4pm Resistance at Tule Lake (NEW) This film is Konrad Aderer's examination of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans and focuses on Tule Lake, the notorious camp where Japanese Americans who were labeled "disloyal" were held.
7pm Doc World: Finding Samuel Lowe Retired NBC Universal executive Paula Williams Madison and her family travel to China to visit their family’s ancestral village, culminating in an emotional and unforgettable family reunion with 300 of their grandfather’s Chinese descendants.
Monday, 5/7 3pm Local USA: Ku Kanaka (NEW) This half hour documentary explores the transformation of the late Kanalu Young from an angry 15-year-old who becomes quadriplegic to a leader of his Native Hawaiian people.
4pm Roadtrip Nation: Don’t Forget Where You Came From Meet road-trippers Tehani, Traven and Keakealani, three college students interested in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM). Their journey begins on the big island of Hawaii, where they meet the scientist who saved Hawaii’s papayas.
4:30pm Roadtrip Nation: Cross the Ocean, Build Bridges Tehani, Traven and Keakealani visit the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to explore an active volcano zone, then hop over to Maui to tour the NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
Tuesday, 5/8 3pm POV — Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case This film explores how the government’s attempts to silence Chinese artist Ai Weiwei have backfired and turned him into an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe.
Wednesday, 5/9 3pm POV: The Birth of Sake Go behind the scenes at Japan's Yoshida Brewery, where a brotherhood of artisans spends six months in nearly monastic isolation as they follow an age-old process to create sake.
Friday, 5/11 4pmStory of China: Golden Age/The Ming See the stunning achievements of two of China's most brilliant dynasties: the Song, creators of a Chinese Renaissance, and the Ming, builders of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.
Saturday, 5/12 5pm Tyrus Wong: American Masters Discover the art, life and enduring impact of Tyrus Wong, the renowned Chinese-American painter behind Bambi.
Monday, 5/14 4pm Roadtrip Nation: Know Where Home Is The road-trippers reach Oahu, where they take a once-in-a-lifetime trip up Mount Ka'ala — the island's highest mountain — and visit a private U.S. Army nature reserve at the peak.
Tuesday, 5/15 4pmNothing Left to Lose This documentary tells the story of approximately 100 Vietnamese refugees who have each lived in hiding for 25 years hoping to one day reclaim the dignity of being recognized as a person.
5pm America ReFramed: Random Acts of Legacy (NEW) Filmmaker and director Ali Kazimi stumbles upon rare film footage from 1936 to 1951, offering a little-seen glimpse into how a Chinese family embraced American customs.
6:30pm Mr. Tanimoto’s Journey (NEW) This is the story of Jim Tanimoto, born in in California and the last living member of a group of men known as Block 42, who bravely protested the loss of their constitutional rights when imprisoned in Japanese internment camps after Pearl Harbor.
Wednesday, 5/16 4pm Passing Poston: An American Story This documentary recounts the moving and haunting stories of four former detainees from the Poston Relocation Center in Arizona, which housed more than 18,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans between 1942 and 1945.
5pm Relocation, Arkansas: Aftermath of Incarceration In 1942, nearly 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were forced into prisons because they looked like the enemy. Two of those prison camps were in Arkansas, a land of deep racial divide. This film chronicles the trauma of this incarceration experience and how it’s been passed down through multiple generations.
6pm War for Guam This documentary is about WWII and its enduring legacy in Guam, a U.S. territory since 1898.
Tuesday, 5/22 4pm Lost Child: Sayon’s Journey This program explores the Cambodian genocide (1975-1979) and its lasting impact through the eyes of a former Khmer Rouge child soldier.
5pm America ReFramed: Who Is Arthur Chu? (NEW) This documentary follows 11-time Jeopardy! winner Arthur Chu, who won almost $300,000 and attempted to put his 15 minutes of TV fame to good use by addressing topics such as racism and sexism in gaming culture.
Wednesday, 5/23 3pm Independent Lens: I Am Another You Join Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang and Dylan, a charismatic young homeless drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family, in a mysterious cross-cultural road trip.
6pm Chinese Couplets An 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.
Wednesday, 5/30 3pm Of Race and Reconciliation This program chronicles the Chinese experience in America around the year 1885, when the Chinese residents of Tacoma were forcefully expelled from the city.
KQED 9 is available over the air on DT9.1, 54.2 and 25.1 and via most cable systems on Channel 9. It is on XFINITY cable from Comcast (Channels 9 SD and 709 HD) and on Wave (Channels 9 SD and 164 HD). It can also be found on DIRECTV and DISH satellite systems (Channels 9 SD and HD).
KQED Plus is available over the air on Channels 54, DT54.1, 9.2 and 25.2, and via many cable and satellite systems on either channel 10 or 54. It is on XFINITY cable from Comcast (Channels 10 SD, and 710 HD) and on DIRECTV (Channel 54 SD and HD) and DISH (Channel 54, SD only) satellite systems.
This schedule also lists programs airing on KQED World (XFINITY 190, Channel 9.3 & 54.5).