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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In honor of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May), KCTS 9 welcomes you to explore the people, places and history that makes up this enriched culture. See what is airing this month:

Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings
Follow ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro over the course of a musical season. Enjoy dynamic performances before sold-out crowds, intimate moments of life on the road and visits to Shimabukuro’s native Hawai’i, where he has risen from local hero to international star.

Airs:  Sunday, May 3 at 11:03pm.

Independent Lens: Kumu Hina
Over the course of a momentous year, Kumu Hina, a native Hawaiian mahu (transgender) teacher, inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place as leader of an all-male hula troupe, as she herself searches for love and a fulfilling romantic relationship with an unpredictable young Tongan man.

Airs: Monday, May 4 at 10:00pm.

Independent Lens: Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei is arguably the most internationally celebrated Chinese artist of the modern era. The inscrutable bearded visionary burst onto the scene with vast conceptual installations such as his eight million hand-painted ceramic sunflower seeds inside Tate Modern, and went on to design the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics. But at heart, Ai Weiwei is a troublemaker with a serious agenda: to challenge the oppression of the Chinese people by their government with rebellious and irreverent gestures. His activism has cost him his freedom repeatedly, but he never seems to lose his childlike approach to serious dissidence executed with a wink.

Airs: Sunay, May 17 at 11:05pm. 

Pacific Heartbeat: Road to the Globe
Follow a Maori acting company on their journy to bring a native language and cultural adaption of Shakesoeare's Troilus and Cressida to The Globe Theatre in London.

Airs: Sunday, May 10 at 11:03pm. 

Soul of a Banquet
Director Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB) takes us into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film is equal parts a delectable showcase of gastronomy and a touching portrait of Chiang’s journey from a childhood in Beijing before the Cultural Revolution to accidental restaurateur on the west coast of the United States. 

Airs: Monday, May 11 at 11:00pm. 

War for Guam
War for Guam traces the enduring legacy from World War II in Guam, a U.S. territory since 1898, and how the native people of Guam, the Chamorros, remained loyal to the U.S. under Japanese occupation, only to be later stripped of much of their ancestral lands by the American military. Through rare archival footage, contemporary film, and testimonies of survivors and their descendants, the story is told from various points of view, including from war survivors like Antonio Artero, Jr., whose father was awarded one of the first Medals of Freedom for his heroic deeds in protecting American lives; and two key historical figures, Radioman George Tweed and Father Jesus Baza Duenas.

Airs: Monday, May 4 at 11:00pm.


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PLEASE PLEASE tell me when you may re-air "War for Guam"...many of us want to see it and missed it the first time?????? I'd like to let all my friends and family from Guam living here know thru Facebook!!

Nice exploration by the kcts showing the varied culture and the heritage on an open platform in such a easy way.

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