Houston Public Media Celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

TV 8 Programming

  • Try Harder! Independent Lens, May 2
  • Waterman - Duke: Ambassador of Aloha. American Masters, May 10
  • Geographies of Kinship. America Reframed, May 19
  • Chinatown Rising. America Reframed, May 26
  • Monday, May 2
    9pmIndependent Lens | Try Harder!
  • Friday, May 6
    10:30pmReel South | Sea Drift 11:30pmThe Asian Americans 101 — Breaking Ground Pt. 1/5
  • Tuesday, May 10
    8pmAmerican Masters | Waterman — Duke: Ambassador of Aloha 9:30pmPacific Heartbeat | Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula
  • Wednesday, May 11
    3:30pmAmerican Masters | Waterman — Duke: Ambassador of Aloha
  • Friday, May 13
    11:30pmThe Asian Americans | Question of Loyalty Pt. 2/5
  • Monday, May 16
    9pmSilent Sacrifice — Stories of Japanese American Incarceration
  • Tuesday, May 17
    4:30pmPacific Heartbeat | Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula 9pmAmerican Masters | Tyrus Wong
  • Wednesday, May 18
    4:30pmReel South | Seadrift
  • Friday, May 20
    11pmThe Asian Americans | Good Americans Pt. 3/5
  • Monday, May 23
    9pmBetrayed: Surviving an American Concentration Camp 10pmThe Registry
  • Tuesday, May 24
    4:30pmBetrayed: Surviving an American Concentration Camp 8pmAmerican Experience | Plague at the Golden Gate
  • Wednesday, May 25
    3:30pmAmerican Experience | Plague at the Golden Gate
  • Friday, May 27
    10pmThe Asian Americans | Generation Rising Pt. 4/5 11pmThe Asian Americans | Generation Rising Pt. 5/5
  • Monday, May 30
    9pmUnsettled History: America, China and the Doolittle Tokyo Raid

Please see our TV 8 Programming Guide for additional airings of select programs.

Now Streaming

Curtain Up!

Stream Until May 10

In New York City’s Chinatown, the theater club of PS 124 is staging an adaptation of the film “Frozen.” As the 5th graders gear up and rehearse for the musical production, nervous excitement and flubbed lines brush up against cultural stereotypes, family expectations, and post-graduation uncertainties. CURTAIN UP! shares a kid’s-eye view of the wonders of discovering art, culture and identity.

Documentaries on POV

American Revolutionary: Meet Grace Lee Boggs

Trailer | Call Her Ganda

Trailer | The Apology

Trailer | About Love

Houston Matters with Craig Cohen

Houston Matters is the region’s essential daily guide to the people, places, issues, and ideas that define Greater Houston.

The Full Menu: Where to eat in Houston’s Chinatown and Katy Asia Town

Houston food writers discuss their favorite places to eat in Chinatown and Katy Asia Town in the latest installment of the Houston Matters food segment.

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The Bigger Picture: ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ and Asian representation in American cinema

The new film by director duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert brings an Asian-American icon back to the screen who originally left acting because of a lack of appropriate opportunities.

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Town Square with Ernie Manouse

Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day’s most important and pressing issues.

Black, Hispanic and Asian populations are at higher risk for COVID-19 and ICU admission, according to a new study

Today, we’re trying to better understand COVID, race and health disparities.

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What’s Your Favorite Asian Comfort Food? Chef Christine Ha Shares Hers, Plus Her Personal Food Journey

Today, a show to make you hungry — we’re talking Asian comfort food with Houston Chef Christine Ha.

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Chef Christine Ha continues to wow the food world and put Houston on the map

Today, we spend the hour with Christine Ha, a finalist for the 2022 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Texas region — discussing “Top Chef: Houston,” starting a restaurant during a pandemic, and more.

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Asian And Latino Communities Face An “Unlevel Playing Field” For Pandemic Recovery

16 U.S. cities have seen a 150% increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans and more than 3000 reports of anti-Asian American hate in the past year, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

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I SEE U with Eddie Robinson

Hosted by Houston Public Media’s Eddie Robinson, I SEE U explores cultural identity through the stories of people and places that have been transformed by the effects of long-standing biases.

Episode 9: Vietnamese Fishermen v. the KKK

An intriguing look at the 1981 court case that brought justice to Vietnamese fishermen in East Texas who were terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan

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From the Houston Public Media Newsroom

Houston Hasn't Seen A Spike In Anti-Asian Hate, But Experts Say The Data Is Unreliable

Advocates are afraid these crimes are being underreported due to a lack of knowledge and familiarity with the reporting process, a dearth of Asian language resources and distrust of law enforcement.

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‘Erased From The History Books': Why Asian American History Is Missing In Texas Schools

From educators to textbook advisors, experts say state standards, teaching approaches, textbooks and politics all contribute to the erasure of Asian American experiences when history is taught in Texas schools.

Asian Americans

Asian Americans: a five-part documentary series

Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided, while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate and personal lives, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story.

Episode 1 | Breaking Ground

Episode 2 | Question of Loyalty

Episode 3 | Good Americans

Episode 4 | Generation Rising

Episode 5 | Breaking Through

More to Stream

A People’s History of Asian America

Produced in partnership by the Center for Asian American Media and PBS Digital Studios, A People’s History of Asian America tells the history of Asian Americans through the microaggressions and stereotypes this community faces.

Pacific Heartbeat

Pacific Heartbeat is a national public television series of critically acclaimed documentaries that provides an authentic glimpse into the Pacific Islander experience. Creative and beautifully told stories about arts, culture and intimate human stories, the series features a diverse array of programs intended to draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.

The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu

The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu, a film from Pacific Heartbeat that explains the four large stones on Honolulu’s famous Waikiki Beach that represent a Hawaiian tradition of healing and gender diversity.

Learning Resources

Houston Public Media and PBS have curated free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for students, parents and teachers. Below are just a selection from many of these online learning resources.

Island of Warriors

Video, Grades 6-8, 13+
Learn about the disproportionately high numbers of American Pacific Islanders serving in the United States’ military from the island of Guam, along with the healthcare issues they face, in this video from the Center for Asian American Media.

Sustainable Pacific Island Watersheds

Media Gallery, Grades 6-12
Explore Pacific Island watersheds in these videos adapted from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

Shanghai at Asian Art Museum: Visual Arts

Video, Grades K-13+
In this Spark video produced by KQED, learn about Shanghai at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, the first large-scale exhibition to feature the cultural productions of the city of Shanghai.