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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Programming on WETA Television

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WETA Television proudly celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with special programming that highlights the rich culture and history of Asian Pacific Americans. Schedule subject to change; visit weta.org for complete listings and local resources. All programs air on both WETA TV 26 and WETA HD unless noted with an asterisk. Those programs only air on WETA TV 26.

 

Pacific Heartbeat VI: Mele Murals

Mele Murals

Tuesday, May 1 at 11:00 p.m.

This documentary highlights the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture, bringing artists, students, and the community together. Repeats Sun 5/13, 1:30pm 

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Pacific Heartbeat VI: Visions in the Dark: The Life of Pinky Thompson

The Life of Pinky Thompson

Wednesday, May 2 at 11:00 p.m.

After surviving a serious eye wound in World War II, Myron “Pinky” Thompson becomes a social worker and leader in the native Hawaiian community. Repeats Sun 5/13, 2:30pm

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Pacific Heartbeat VI: Ever the Land

Pacific Heartbeat: Ever the Land

Thursday, May 3 at 11:00 p.m.

For over 150 years, extreme colonization tactics defined the relationship between the New Zealand government and the Ngai (tribe) Tuhoe. History was made in 2014 when the Tuhoe’s ancestral homelands were returned and the New Zealand government gave an official apology. Repeats Sun 5/13, 3:30pm

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Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm

Changing Season: On the Masumoto Family Farm

Thursday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Review a transitional year in the life of farmer, slow food advocate, and sansei David "Mas" Masumoto whose daughter Nikiko returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father's work boots.

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Supper Club

Supper Club

Thursdays Starting May 3 at 5pm (except 5/17); 5:30pm on 5/31

In an afternoon of culinary delight, sample the best sweets in Hong Kong, visit a 500-year-old soba restaurant in Kyoto, take part in a Japanese tea ceremony, and watch the creation of a new Singapore Sling and some sizzling Szechuan dishes.

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P.O.V.: Cutie and the Boxer

P.O.V.: Cutie and the Boxer

Saturday, May 5 at 11:30 p.m.

View an Oscar-nominated reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit. This candid New York tale explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara.

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

Pacific Heartbeat VII: Poi E

Sunday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m.

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. Rpts Tue 5/29, 11pm

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Pacific Heartbeat VII: Making Good Men

Pacific Heartbeat VII: Making Good Men

Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m.

What would you say if you came face to face with your childhood bully as an adult? Maybe you have it all mapped out in your head, maybe you’ve practiced your speech a million times. Or were you the bully? Have you ever thought about whether you would acknowledge your past, given the opportunity? Repeats Thur 5/31, 11pm

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Pacific Heartbeat VII: Being Bruno Banani

Being Bruno Banani

Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m.

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. Through his name he also acted as the first “living brand” using a completely new and disputed way to get around the strict IOC’s Olympic advertising regulations.

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Giap’s Last day at the Ironing Board Factory

Giap’s Last day at the Ironing Board Factory

Tuesday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m.

In 1975, Giap, a pregnant Vietnamese refugee, escaped Saigon in a boat and within weeks was working on an assembly line in Indiana. Decades later, her aspiring filmmaker son documents her final day of work at America's last ironing board factory.

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Off the Menu: Asian America

Off the Menu: Asian America

Tuesday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m.

Go into the kitchens, factories and temples of Asian Pacific America to explore how the bond with food reflects an evolving community. At the same time, delve into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that nourish this nation of immigrants. 

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Pacific Heartbeat V: A Place to Call Home

Pacific Heartbeat: A Place to Call Home

Tuesday, May 8 at 11:00 p.m.

This documentary explores the growing housing crisis and lack of affordable homes for thousands of state tenants in New Zealand, as the government sets to sell off a third of its publicly owned state houses. Repeats Sun 5/20, 1:30pm

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Pacific Heartbeat V: Sons of Halawa

Pacific Heartbeat: Sons of Halawa

Wednesday, May 9 at 11:00 p.m.

Pilipo Solatorio is the last to hold the cultural traditions, music, and stories of a sacred Molokai valley in Hawaii that has been home to his family for hundreds of years. This program is an intimate portrait of his search for a successor to keep the cultural traditions alive. Repeats Sun 5/20, 2:30pm 

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Pacific Heartbeat V: Waiting for John

Pacific Heartbeat: Waiting for John

Thursday, May 10 at 11:00 p.m.

When the American military landed on a remote island in the South Pacific during World War II, the soldiers brought planes, refrigerators, and canned goods. Amazed native islanders, who had never seen such things, thought they could come only from the Gods. Repeats Sun 5/20, 3:30pm

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Independent Lens: In Football We Trust

Independent Lens: In Football We Trust

Friday, May 11 at 11:00 p.m.

A tightly knit Polynesian community in Salt Lake City is one of the chief sources of the modern influx of Pacific Islander football players to the NFL. This documentary follows four young men striving to overcome gang violence and near poverty through the promise of American football.

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P.O.V.: The Look of Silence

P.O.V.: The Look of Silence

Saturday, May 12 at 11:30 p.m.

In this Oscar nominated film, an optometrist identifies the men who killed his brother in the 1965 Indonesian genocide. He confronts them while testing their eyes and demands they accept responsibility.

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Pacific Heartbeat VI: Next Goal Wins

Pacific Heartbeat: Next Goal Wins

Sunday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m.

In 2001, the American Samoa football team lost to Australia 31-0, a world record defeat. Enter a new coach who makes the players a winning team on the field and in life.

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Independent Lens: Meet the Patels

Independent Lens: Meet the Patels

Saturday, May 19 at 11:30 p.m.

Ravi Patel, whose tradition-minded Hindu family is not happy that he’s single at almost 30, enters the semi-arranged marriage system in America. Explore the influence of culture and identity on an intense, personal, important part of one’s life—love.

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Pacific Heartbeat V: Dream Big: Nanakuli at the Fringe

Pacific Heartbeat: Dream Big

Sunday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m.

Students at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center are invited to Scotland to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. When a lack of funds threatens to derail this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the Hawaii community rallies to help.

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POV: The Birth of Saké

The Birth of Saké

Tuesday, May 22 at 11:00 p.m.

Go behind the scenes at Japan’s Yoshida Brewery, where a brotherhood of artisans, ranging from 20 to 70, spends six months in nearly monastic isolation as they follow an age-old process to create saké, the nation’s revered rice wine.

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Pacific Heartbeat V: Splinters

Pacific Heartbeat: Splinters

Wednesday, May 23 at 11:00 p.m.

Set in a small seaside village in the nation of Papua New Guinea, Splinters follows a group of men and women as they compete for a spot on the National Surfing team.

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Relocation, Arkansas – Aftermath of Incarceration

Relocation, Arkansas

Thursday, May 24 at 11:07 p.m.

During World War II, nearly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry in the United States were forced into internment camps because they looked like the enemy. Two of the camps were located in Arkansas, a land of deep racial divide.

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The Quietest Place on Earth

Quietest Place on Earth

friday, May 25 at 11:00 p.m.

This documentary explores Maui’s geological and spiritual birthplace through the eyes of Hawaiian cultural prac-titioners, artists, scientists, doctors, authors, musi-cians, paniolo (cowboys) and spiritual leaders. 

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The Chinese Exclusion Act: American Experience

The Chinese Exclusion Act: American Experience; The Lim Family

Tuesday, May 29 at 8:00 p.m.

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. Repeats Wed 5/30, 4pm

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Reaching West: Dreams of China’s New Generation

Reaching West

wednesday, May 30 at 11:00 p.m.

A documentary follows several determined and engaging students through their senior year at one of the private high schools in Beijing that prepares students for study abroad. The program chronicles the rigors of the application process and provides a window into the students’ daily lives and the challenges they face.

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