PBS Series, Asian Americans
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Asian Americans – Trailer
Episode 1: BREAKING GROUND
They come from all corners of Asia, from tiny villages and teeming cities. The first immigrants cross the seas from China and Japan, from Korea, India, and the Philippines. Some flee poverty, war, and oppression, others seek opportunity or adventure. They dream of new possibilities in America.
Every dreamer has a story. One is a 12-year-old orphan, Antero Cabrera, who sets off from the Philippines in 1904 to see the land of riches he’s always heard about.
Episode 2: A QUESTION OF LOYALTY
As the United States enters World War II, many American-born Asians are forced to make agonizing decisions. This is the story of how families are torn apart, and how their actions will affect them for generations. One family, in particular, is shattered by conflicting allegiances and accusations of treason. Everyone will be impacted in radically different ways, but each faces the same question: What does it mean to be a loyal American?
Episode 3: THE GOOD AMERICAN
The 1950s in America. In an era when being different comes at a high price, Asians wonder if it would be better to keep their heads down, work hard, and never complain. But even if they do, will they continue to be seen as outsiders? In this time of promise and peril, Asian Americans navigate the Cold War and take their first steps into American politics.
Episode 4: GENERATION RISING
In the 1960s, Asian Americans are looking at the world through a new lens. Everything is in upheaval. And anything is possible. As the children of immigrants, Asians are trying to understand their role in America’s history. They are claiming their voice. In the fields, on college campuses, and in the public square. No one can imagine where these struggles will take them.
Episode 5: BREAKING THROUGH
Today Asians in America are making their presence felt as the country’s fastest-growing racial group. In a time when we find ourselves increasingly polarized, Asian Americans are playing an essential role in the future of America.