On TV: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month — May 2020

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Man and Woman (siblings, Philip and Susan Anh) in uniform facing camera
ASIAN AMERICANS premieres May 2020 on PBS. Photo courtesy of Flip Cuddy

KQED is proud to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May with a special TV programming lineup. Premiere dates are listed below. Please click on each program for additional airdates and information.


11am Simply Ming
Simply Ming takes cooking at home to a whole new level with the chefs showing you what they cook when they get home at the end of the night.

Sat, May 2
9:30am Yan Can Cook: Spice Kingdom #110 "Rising  Stars"
There are 230 million children under the age of 15 in China. On this show Martin meets up with many talented ones from Chengdu. They are future opera divas, poets, pop singers, sculptors and of course, chefs! Chengdu, the next generation, is front and center on this episode.

Sun, May 3
11am Simply Ming #1709
Ming Tsai is cooking at home with author and celebrated chef Sara Moulton. Together, they cook up two simple dishes perfect for weekend eating. Sara makes a Buffalo Chicken Orzo and Ming follows that up with a house favorite: the Blue Dragon House Chicken Sandwich. Serving up two spicy chicken dishes, this week on Simply Ming.

Wed, May 6
7:30pm Simply Ming #1719 (NEW)
On this episode of Simply Ming we are in Northern California with renowned chef and James Beard-Award recipient, Kenji López-Alt. Ming takes us to source the freshest produce at the Farmer’s Market at Bay Meadows in San Mateo and from there Ming and Kenji travel to the Sea by Alexander Steakhouse restaurant in Palo Alto to check out some incredible Sashimi.


Sat, May 9
9:30am Yan Can Cook: Spice Kingdom #111 "Fine Art, Fine Food"
The art scene is thriving in Chengdu. Martin tours an artist community and sees first hand how local artists create ceramics and file paintings. To add his personal touch he added an encrusted chicken in the community kiln. For a taste of true culinary art he visits the home restaurant of Chef Lan, lauded as the best chef of Chengdu.

Sun, May 10
11am Simply Ming #1710
Ming cooks at home with world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Li. Dr. Li cooks a flavorful Chicken Coconut Curry, and Ming follows that up with some EVOO Poached Chicken Thighs.

Mon, May 11
8pm Asian Americans #101 (NEW)
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.

(Local broadcast of "Asian Americans" is supported by Asian Art Museum)

Photo from "Asian Americans"

9pm Asian Americans #102 (NEW)
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.

Tues, May 12
7pm Lucky Chow: “Generations” #401 (NEW)
Lucky Chow is a celebration of America at its most diverse, delightful, and delicious with each episode exploring the rich and complex Asian-American experience through the lens of food.

8pm Asian Americans #103 (NEW)
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.

9pm Asian Americans #104 (NEW)
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.

10pm Asian Americans #105 (NEW)
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.

Wed, May 13
7:30pm Simply Ming #1720 (NEW)
World-renowned host and chef Jacques Pepin joins Ming at home this week on Simply Ming. Jacques starts off by making an Arctic Char with Tomato and Mini Savory Cheesecakes.

Sat, May 16
9:30am Yan Can Cook: Spice Kingdom #112
Many small family farms around Chengdu have turned into chic bed and breakfast places. They are popular with many of Chengdu's residents who can trace their roots back to the country. Martin joins a farming family for dinner at their house. He rolls up his sleeves and learns about authentic farmers cooking.

Sun, May 17
11am Simply Ming #1711
Amanda Freitag, known for her role as a judge on Chopped, joins Ming in his loft for some home cooked favorites. Amanda will be cooking Duck Breast with Pine Nut Relish, followed by Ming who does a Tea-Smoked Duck Breast with Gingered Peaches and Watercress Salad. It’s duck two ways on this episode of Simply Ming.

Tues, May 19
7pm Lucky Chow: “Healing” #402 (NEW)
There is an ancient Ayurvedic proverb that says, “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need”. We explore the idea of functional food and tell stories of individuals who are looking to heal the body, spirit, and global community one meal at a time.

Photo from documentary, "Mr. Tornado: American Experience."

8pm Mr. Tornado: American Experience (NEW)
In this film Rossi tells the story of Tetsuya Theodore Fujita, aka Mr. Tornado, a prominent Japanese-American researcher who was instrumental in advancing modern understanding of many severe weather phenomena and known for creating the Fujita scale of tornado intensity and damage.

Wed, May 20
7:30pm Simply Ming #1721 (NEW)
On this episode of Simply Ming we are on the road in beautiful Monterey, CA and we are talking abalone with renowned chef Paul Corsentino Executive Chef of Saltwood Kitchen and Oysterette. Before heading to cook the feast, we visit Monterey Abalone Company where they farm-raise sustainable abalone.

"Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story" (Courtesy of Mineta Legacy Project)

Fri, May 22
8pm Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story
Meet the statesman who served as cabinet secretary for Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. Imprisoned by the U.S. during World War II for his Japanese ancestry, Mineta rose to become the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet.

Sat, May 23
9:30am Yan Can Cook: Spice Kingdom #113
The New Silk Road Railway connects Chengdu to Western Europe by high speed train. This is the 21st century version of the historical silk road, which opened China to the west and vice versa a thousand years ago. Martin samples some of the new food imports from Spain and Denmark, and marvels at the tremendous scale of China's industrial projects.

Sun, May 24
11am Simply Ming #1712
James Beard Award-winning chef Ken Oringer joins Ming Tsai to whip up some weekend favorites. Ken makes King Crab Nachos with Nduja Queso Fundido, while Ming puts a different spin on that with his version of Rice Cake Nachos.

Mon, 5/25
10pm Independent Lens #2117 (NEW) “Eating Up Easter”
In the documentary, native Rapanui (Easter Island) filmmaker, Sergio Mata’u Rapu, explores the modern dilemma of the Easter Island people who risk losing everything to the globalizing effects of tourism. The film addresses plastic pollution, sustainability, waste management, the environmental impact of tourism, loss of cultural identity and globalization.

Tues, May 26
7pm Lucky Chow: “Innovators” #403 (NEW)
Culinary creativity isn’t always found in the kitchen. In today’s day and age, innovation on how and what we eat and drink often happens in unexpected places—like the think tanks of Silicon Valley, suburban garages, and next-gen Chinese fast casual spots

Wed, May 27
7:30pm Simply Ming #1722 (NEW)
Veggielution; oven-roasted octopus with potatoes and garlic spinach; a Caesar salad with octopus croutons; Portuguese custard tarts.


Sat, May 2
7am The Story of China with Michael Wood #101
Michael Wood goes back to the beginnings of Chinese history to find clues to today's China. Starting with a family reunion, when 300 relatives gather to worship their ancestors on 'Tomb Sweeping Day,' Michael explores ancient myths and archaeological sites to uncover the origins of the Chinese state; he examines the first Chinese writing, and tells the dramatic tale of the bloodthirsty First Emperor, before an amazing climax with a million pilgrims at a festival on the Yellow River.

9am Tyrus Wong: American Masters
People worldwide have seen the Disney animated classic Bambi and been deeply moved by it, but few can tell you the name of the artist behind the film. Even fewer are aware of this pioneering artist’s impact on American art and popular culture. Until his death at the age of 106, Tyrus Wong (1910-2016) was America’s oldest living Chinese American artist and one of the last remaining artists from the golden age of Disney animation.

7pm Pacific Heartbeat #601 "Mele Murals"
"Mele Murals" is a documentary about the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture. At the center of the story are two renowned street artists - Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) - a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea. Through their stories Mele Murals shows how public art and Native Hawaiian traditions transforms the artists, students and community.

Sun, May 3
5:30pm Next Gen Asian American Art
"Next Gen Asian American Art," produced by S. Steve Arounsack, co-produced by CAAM, and executive produced by David Hosley, explores how Asian Americans in California's Central Valley are using art to reshape narratives about and within their communities. Lon La Dee Chan of Stockton, Nikiko Masumoto of Del Rey and Paramjeet Kaur and Harjeet Singh of Yuba City are portrayed creating distinctive art in a region better known for its agricultural productivity.

Hayao Miyazaki

Fri, May 8
7pm Hayao Miyazaki: 10 Years with the Master #101 (NEW)
Hayao Miyazaki dreams up characters and plot lines for what would become his 2008 blockbuster, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Miyazaki explores the limits of his physical ability and imagination to conjure memorable protagonists.

Sat, May 9
7am The Story of China with Michael Wood #102
In a tale of fantastic geographical sweep, Michael Wood conjures up China's first great international age, the Tang Dynasty. From picturesque old cities on the Yellow River he travels to the bazaars of the Silk Road in Central Asia, and on to India in the footsteps of the Chinese monk who brought Buddhist texts to China. He uncovers the coming of Christianity, sails the Grand Canal, and tracks the spread of Chinese culture across East Asia, an influence 'as profound as Rome on the Latin West'.

9am The Chinese Exclusion Act: American Experience
Examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. The first in a long line of acts targeting the Chinese for exclusion, it remained in force for more than 60 years.

7pm Pacific Heartbeat #901 (NEW) "Anote's Ark"
The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati (population: 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise.

Sun, 5/10
11pm Touching the Sound (NEW)
Undeterred by his lifelong blindness, pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii has an extraordinary ability to connect with audiences around the world, transcending cultural obstacles and inspiring concert-goers and music critics with a feeling Time magazine coined “Nobu Fever.” Touching The Sound traces the artistic development of this remarkable young musician, from an early ability to play piano by ear, to his gold medal triumph in the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, to his debut at Carnegie Hall.

Fri, May 15
7pm Hayao Miyazaki: 10 Years with the Master #102 (NEW)
With production underway on Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, Miyazaki delves into memories of his late mother for a thread to weave the story. "Movies show who you are," he says, "no matter how hard you try to hide it."

Sat, May 16
7am The Story of China with Michael Wood #103
Michael Wood tells the tale of China's Renaissance, which happened long before the one in Europe. In the alleys of Kaifeng, the world's greatest city before the 19th century, he hears legends, samples the cuisine and explores printing. We see a huge working replica of an astronomical clock made by 'China's Leonardo da Vinci', one of the inventions that made the Song a great era of science. And at a crunch Chinese Premier League match, we learn that the Chinese even invented soccer!

9am Silent Sacrifice - Stories of Japanese American Incarceration
Silent Sacrifice: Stories of Japanese American Incarceration is a two-hour documentary film that will shed light on the ramifications of Executive Order 9066. This landmark film shares the experience of Japanese Americans before, during and after WWII with a focus on the Merced, Tulare, Fresno and Pinedale Assembly Centers.

7pm Pacific Heartbeat #902 (NEW) "Power Meri"
"Power Meri" follows Papua New Guinea’s first national women’s rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia. These trailblazers must beat not only the sporting competition, but also intense sexism, a lack of funding, and national prejudice to reach their biggest stage yet.

Sun, May 17
10pm Guru Nanak: The Founder of Sikhism (NEW)
Guru Nanak: The Founder of Sikhism recounts the life story of the 15th century teacher and revolutionary activist from Punjab, India who founded the Sikh faith – the world’s fifth largest religion. The documentary also explores how Guru Nanak’s legacy inspires Sikh Americans today – including Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Snatam Kaur and Hoboken, New Jersey mayor Ravi Bhalla – to exercise compassion, take risks, challenge established norms, and help others.

11:30pm Nobody Dies: A Film About a Musician, Her Mom and Vietnam
Indie singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen makes her first trip to Vietnam with her mother, who hasn't been back to the country since the fall of Saigon.

Fri, May 22
7pm Hayao Miyazaki: 10 Years with the Master #103 (NEW)
Sparks begin to fly as Miyazaki and his son Goro, an up-and-coming director, work on the 2011 film From Up on Poppy Hill. In the final stretch of work on the film, the 2011 Tôhoku earthquake and nuclear disaster rock Japan and leave the team in shock. Amid power outages, they decide they must pause their work. That's when Hayao puts his son's resolve as a director to the test.

Sat, May 23
9am Shanghai 1937: Where World War II Began
When did World War II begin? Shanghai 1937: Where World War II Began answers that question in a way most audiences will find surprising. Americans might say December 7, 1941… The day the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. For Europeans, it was September 1, 1939… When Nazi Germany invaded Poland. But in China, people will tell you a different date. August 13, 1937.

10am Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii
Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii tells the story of a Japanese American who played a crucial strategic role in World War II. He and his fellow Nisei from Hawaii combatted prejudice and discrimination to loyally serve their country. Their extraordinary service, mostly untold, ultimately changed the course of U.S. history.

7pm Pacific Heartbeat #903 (NEW) "Born This Way: Ava's Story and The Rogers"
In New Zealand, Te Awarangi ‘Awa’ Puna is an openly transgender Maori teen attending her final year at Kapiti College in Wellington, New Zealand. This documentary follows her journey from male to female as we see the support of her family and the hurdles she must overcome.

11:30pm Skindigenous #204 (NEW)
The Paiwan people are one of about 20 Indigenous minorities who make up roughly 3 percent of the population of Taiwan. When Cudjuy Patjidres discovered that his Paiwanese ancestors had a tattoo culture, he was surprised and amazed. Having developed his artistic skills from watching his grandfather weave and carve wood, he is now dedicated to preserving the ancient symbols and designs that were once common on the island.

Fri, May 29
7pm Hayao Miyazaki: 10 Years with the Master #104 (NEW)
At age 72, Miyazaki takes on a new challenge — his first film about a historical figure, the highly-acclaimed 2013 film The Wind Rises. Bringing the film from concept to reality is a long and difficult journey. In the process, Miyazaki grapples with tough questions about issues such as aging, and the meaning of making animated films in a turbulent time.


Sat, 5/2
7pm America ReFramed #616 "Island Soldier"
Filmed in Kosrae, Micronesia, Island Soldier follows the Nena family as they grieve the loss of their son, Sapuro "Sapp" Nena. His death in Afghanistan makes waves through the community where nearly everyone is connected to the U.S. Military. Known as a "recruiter's paradise," Micronesia, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean, contributes a disproportionate number of soldiers to the American armed forces, who cannot receive benefits. Yet, scores of young men leave their families behind in pursuit of the American Dream.

Sun, 5/3
7pm Drawn Together (NEW)
This award-winning documentary traces the fascinating journey of three comic creators who challenge race, religious and gender stereotypes through cartoons, comics and cosplay-the practice of dressing up as a character, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime. Featuring Keith Knight, Vishavjit Singh and Eileen Alden, see how these animators channel their anger and frustration about intolerance and discrimination by spreading a more positive message through their artistry.

Pacific Heartbeat: "Poi E: The Story of Our Song"

8pm Pacific Heartbeat #701 "Poi E: The Story of Our Song"
Not many songs in the history of the Universe have the power to bridge cultures, save towns, change lives, travel the world, set records and give pride to a culture, a community, a language and a people. ‘POI E: the story of our song’ is the unbelievable true story of a song that did and the man who did it – Dalvanius Prime.

Mon, 5/4
4pm Reel South #404 "Gimme a Faith"
Thousands of Chinese students arrive in the United States each year, often confronting loneliness and culture-clash upon arrival. Arriving in North Carolina to study filmmaking, Hao Zhang is surprised to find a unique community of Chinese students, connected by a newly discovered evangelical Christianity that is often at stark odds with their roots in China.

5pm Pacific Heartbeat #801 "Prison Songs"
The people imprisoned in a Darwin jail are shown in a unique and completely new light in Australia’s first ever documentary musical. Incarcerated in tropical Northern Territory, over 800 inmates squeeze into the overcrowded spaces of Berrimah Prison. In an Australian first, the inmates share their feelings, faults and experiences in the most extraordinary way – through song.

6pm Local, USA #212 "The Roots of 'Ulu"
1700 years ago, seafaring Polynesians brought 'ulu or breadfruit to Hawaii. It was a staple of the native cuisine for generations – until Western contact brought hamburgers and french fries, and diabetes and obesity. Could a return to traditional foods reverse these trends? Many islanders believe it can: "Our foods have mana," they say, using the Hawaiian word for spiritual energy & healing power.

Wed, 5/6
4pm Independent Lens #2012  "People's Republic of Desire"
In popular virtual showrooms, China’s super-rich and dirt poor band together to worship their favorite online stars. In this digital universe where everything seems possible, a karaoke singer, a poor migrant worker, and a comedian seek fame, fortune, and human connection, ultimately finding the same promises and perils online as in real life.

5:30pm POV #3115 "The Apology"
"The Apology" follows three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Seventy years after their imprisonment and after decades of living in silence and shame, the survivors give their first-hand accounts of the truth for the record, seeking apology and the hope that this horrific chapter of history not be forgotten.

Thurs, 5/7
4pm Sinking Cities #102 "Tokyo"
See how Tokyo is looking for new ways to fight back against rising waters. Typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes and sinking neighborhoods threaten one of the world’s most populous cities, and the economic engine of Japan, with some of the world’s largest problems

Sun, 5/10
6pm Reel South: “Seadrift”(NEW)
A fatal shooting in a small Texas fishing village ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese refugees along the Gulf Coast.

7pm Doc World #308 "Daze of Justice"
Witness the story of Cambodian American women who break decades of silence to resurrect the memory of their loved ones before the UN Special Tribunal prosecuting the Khmer Rouge. In a courageous act, these women, who come face to face with the son of one of Pol Pot's torturers, find it within themselves to reckon with their past so they can extend the promise of redemption to future generations.

8pm Doc World #113 "One Child"
On May 12, 2008, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan, China, killing nearly 90,000 people - many of them are children. Under China’s strict family planning policy, every one is their family’s only child. ONE CHILD follows three families from the devastated city of Beichuan as they struggle to understand the disaster and find a way to live with their personal tragedy.

Mon, 5/11
4pm POV #3103  "Singing with Angry Bird"
Jae-Chang Kim runs a children’s choir in Pune, India. Although his quick temper earned him the nickname “Angry Bird,” he has made significant changes in the lives of the choir children. But skeptical of the practical value of music education, their parents are reluctant to let them sing. In order to convince them, Angry Bird decides to train the parents with their children for a joint concert, showing them the power of music in bringing families closer together.

6pm Local, USA #307  "Ku Kanaka: Stand Tall"
At 15-years-old, Terry Kanalu Young took a dive into shallow waters, becoming a quadriplegic in a split second. Nonetheless he learned to value the life he lived rather than mourn the life he lost, using that insight to offer hope to those dispossessed. At the end of his life, Kanalu was able to inspire Native Hawaiians to reclaim their sense of worth.

Tues, 5/12
4pm POV #3109  "Still Tomorrow"
A village woman without a high-school diploma has become China's most famous poet. Meet the breakout writer Yu Xiuhua, a woman with cerebral palsy, poignantly weaving her personal story with that of an ascendant, urbanizing China.

Wed, 5/13
4pm Independent Lens #1908 "I am Another You"
Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang travels to Florida and encounters Dylan, a charismatic young drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family for a life of intentional homelessness.

5:30pm Frontline #3417 "Policing the Police"
The effort to reform the Newark Police Department is examined. Included: allegations of police abuses levied against the department; and the challenge of fixing its relationship with the community.

Thurs, 5/14
5pm Quietest Place on Earth
On the island of Maui, Haleakala rises 10,000 feet – nearly two miles – into the sky. The massive crater located at its summit carries the unique distinction of being “the quietest place on Earth.” The exquisite stillness of its stark volcanic landscape inspires a variety of experiences ranging from spiritual to philosophical.

Fri, 5/15
6pm A Vanished Dream: Wartime Story of My Japanese Grandfather (NEW)
To American photojournalist Regina Boone, her paternal grandfather was an enigma. He was a hard-working Japanese immigrant but was arrested on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack never to return home. Regina's father rarely spoke about him throughout his life. It was only 5 years ago on his deathbed that he asked Regina to find out the circumstances surrounding her grandfather's disappearance. Our camera follows her quest to uncover the trail of her missing Japanese grandfather.

Photo from "A Vanished Dream: Wartime Story of My Japanese Grandfather"

Sat, 5/16
4:30pm Poetry in America #206 (NEW) "You and I Are Disappearing"
Komunyakaa went to Vietnam as a journalist but he came home a poet. This episode explores what burns in memory and on the page, even decades later. Former Secretary of State John Kerry, film and theatre director Julie Taymor, composer Elliot Goldenthal, several Vietnam War veterans, and Komunyakaa himself discuss the mingled beauty and horror of war—and the challenge of making art from it.

Sun, 5/17
7pm Doc World #112 "Finding Samuel Lowe"
A woman and her brothers investigate what became of their long-lost Chinese grandfather, who left his wife and their mother in Jamaica during the 1930s.

Mon, 5/18
4pm And Then They Came for Us
Seventy-eight years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling this difficult story and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Knowing our history is the first step to ensuring we do not repeat it.

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. Relocation, Arkansas: Aftermath of Incarceration weaves remarkable stories into a tale of prejudice and perseverance, hurt and healing, and ultimately, the triumph of reconciliation.

Tues, 5/19
4pm The Ito Sisters: An American Story
The Ito Sisters is a feature-length documentary film that captures the stories of three Japanese American sisters, interviewed in their 80’s and 90’s, as they recount how their immigrant parents struggled to make a life in America at the beginning of the 20th century. The family’s chronicle is set against the backdrop of the anti-Japanese movement in California, a 60-year campaign by politicians, journalists, landowners, labor leaders and others that culminated in the evacuation and incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II. The Ito Sisters is written, directed and produced by Antonia Grace Glenn, the granddaughter of the middle of the three sisters.

Sat, 5/23
4pm Skindigenous #207 (NEW) "New Zealand"
Julie Paama-Pengelly is a veteran in the revitalization of tā moko Māori tattooing. Her studio in Mount Maunganui mixes contemporary and traditional designs and cultivates artists from all walks of life. With twenty years teaching experience, her art practice ranges from the use of symbolic imagery to pure abstraction in graphic design, painting, mixed media, and tattooing. Over time many misconceptions have surfaced about who has the right to wear and practice tā moko. Julie is one of the first women to practice in the male-dominated field. She is a strong voice for Māori women’s rights and continues to break down barriers to give women a place in tā moko and in the arts.

Sun, 5/24
8pm Resistance at Tule Lake
Resistance at Tule Lake tells the long-suppressed story of incarcerated Japanese Americans who defied the government by refusing to swear unconditional loyalty to the U.S. Though this was an act of protest and family survival, they were branded as “disloyals” by the government and packed into the newly designated Tule Lake Segregation Center.

Tues, 5/26
4pm America ReFramed #708 "Nailed It"
From Los Angeles to the Bronx, "Nailed it" introduces the people behind this booming and sometimes controversial industry. Nail salons offered the Vietnamese community a pathway to pursue the American dream and financial independence.

5pm America ReFramed #318 "9-Man| Webisode"
A conversation between America ReFramed's host Natasha Del Toro and filmmaker Ursula Liang & Jack Tchen about the documentary 9-Man.

Wed, 5/27
4pm Pacific Heartbeat #803 Te Kuhane o te Tupuna (The Spirit of the Ancestors)
Journeying from Easter Island to London in the search for the lost Moai Hoa Hakananai'a, a statue of cultural importance; exploring the social and political landscape of the island of Rapanui.

Photo from documentary, "Korea: The Never-Ending War." With her brother on her back a war weary Korean girl tiredly trudges by a stalled M-26 tank, at Haengju, Korea. June 9, 1951. Maj. R.V. Spencer, UAF. (Navy)

Sat, 5/30
5am Dictator’s Playbook #101 "Kim Il Sung"
From guerrilla fighter to brutal dictator of North Korea—how did he build the most controlled society on earth and launch a dictatorship that has lasted for three generations?


5pm Korea: The Never-Ending War
Shedding new light on a geopolitical hot spot, the film — written and produced by John Maggio and narrated by Korean-American actor John Cho — confronts the myth of the “Forgotten War,” documenting the post-1953 conflict and global consequences.