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What to Watch During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on KCTS 9

This May, we're honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with special programs, television episodes and documentaries.

April 17, 2019

May is officially Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and we're airing special programs all month long. Brand-new episodes of KCTS 9 shows and new documentaries will showcase Asian American history with stories about culture, traditions and survival.

To honor Asian American heritage, we’ll be airing numerous new specials as well as a few select encores. (For a full schedule, check the list on the side of this article.) But there are certain programs coming in May that we wanted to make sure you don't miss! Here’s what to watch this Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on KCTS 9. 

Silent Sacrifice: Stories of Japanese American Incarceration

In February 1942, just 10 weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. Silent Sacrifice tells the story of the dark chapter of American history that followed the order which incarcerated Japanese Americans. The documentary shares the experience of Japanese Americans before, during and after WWII. Silent Sacrifice airs Thursday, May 2, at 3:00 p.m.

Joanna Lumley’s India

British personality Joanna Lumley (you know her from Absolutely Fabulous) travels 5,000 miles through India, the country of her birth, visiting locations both remote and bustling. She catches a glimpse of the country's most beautiful landscapes and discovers its age-old traditions. The three-part series kicks off on Monday, May 6, at 10:00 p.m.

Independent Lens: Out of State

Shipped thousands of miles away from Hawai'i to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two native Hawaiians, David and Hale, discover their indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. When they finish their terms and return to Hawai'i, eager to prove to themselves and their families that the experience has changed them forever, they struggle with the hurdles of life as formerly incarcerated men, asking the question: Can you really go home again? Out of State airs Saturday, May 11, at 11:00 p.m.

The Ito Sisters: An American Story

Follow the lives of three Nisei (first generation born in the U.S.) sisters, from their childhood on a farm in the Sacramento Delta to their internment during WWII and beyond. The Ito Sisters airs on Monday, May 13, at 1:00 p.m.

Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story

Meet the statesman who served as cabinet secretary for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Imprisoned by the U.S. during World War II for his Japanese ancestry, Norman Mineta rose to become the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet. Still thriving today in his 80s, he is celebrated as a bipartisan visionary. (Mineta is also one of the founders of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.) Norman Mineta and His Legacy premieres Monday, May 20, at 9:00 p.m.

Tsuruko's Tea Journey

Tsuruko Hanzawa is a rare "catering chef" of tea ceremonies. At 70, she loaded her pots, pans and tools for making tea onto a van and set off in her kimono, serving food using local ingredients and tea to the people she met along the way. Exploring a life devoted to tea, this documentary follows Tsuruko for two years as she battles illness to continue her pilgrimage. Tsuruko's Tea Journey airs Wednesday, May 22, at 1:00 p.m.

Kimono Revolution

Yoshimasa Takakura, a kimono shop owner from Fukuoka Prefecture has launched an unprecedented project: to produce elaborate kimono representing every single one of the 206 countries and regions around the world. His goal? To see the placard bearers wearing kimonos at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Kimono Revolution airs Wednesday, May 29, at 1:00 p.m.


More Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Programming ... 

Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii, Wednesday, May 1, at 1:00 p.m.

India – Nature’s Wonderland, Wednesday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m.

The Chinese Exclusion Act: American Experience, Thursday May 2, at 1:00 p.m.

Taste of Malaysia with Martin Yan, Fridays at 12:00 p.m.

Cycle Around Japan Highlights, Fridays at 12:30 p.m.

POV: My Love, Don’t Cross that River, Saturday, May 4, at 11:00 p.m.  

Finding Your Roots: Reporting on the Reporters, Tuesday, May 7, at 8:00 p.m.

The Story of China, Thursdays, May 9, 16, and 23, at 1:00 p.m.

Himalaya: Kingdoms of the Sky, Wednesday, May 15, at 7:00 p.m.

Pacific Heartbeat, Thursday, May 16, at 3:00 p.m.

Leaves of Change, Monday, May 20, at 1:00 p.m.

Shanghai 1937: Where World War II Began, Thursday, May 23, at 3:00 p.m.  

Tyrus Wong: American Masters, Thursday, May 30, at 1:00 p.m.

POV: The Birth of Sake, Thursday, May 30, at 2:30 p.m.

Check the television schedule for more information. 

Caroline Gerdes

Caroline Gerdes is the social media specialist at Cascade Public Media and a New Orleanian living in Seattle. She was also a National Geographic Young Explorer — which is totally a real job title. She recently published her first book, An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward

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