Air date: Starts Monday, May 11 at 8:00 pm


This five-part series, presented over two evenings, chronicles the contributions and challenges of Asian Americans to our country’s past, present and future, told through individual lives and personal histories.


ASIAN AMERICANS - Episode 1: Breaking Ground

Episode 1: Breaking Ground
Monday, May 11, 8:00-9:00 pm

Immigrants arrive from China, India, Japan, the Philippines and beyond. Barred by anti-Asian laws, they become America’s first “undocumented immigrants.” They take their fight for equality to the U.S. Supreme Court.

ASIAN AMERICANS - Episode 2: a Question of Loyalty

Episode 2: A Question of Loyalty
Monday, May 11, 9:00-10:00 pm

An American-born generation’s loyalties are tested during World War II, when families are imprisoned in detention camps, and brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the battle lines.


Episode 3: Good Americans
Tuesday, May 12, 8:00-9:00 pm

During the Cold War years, Asian Americans are simultaneously heralded as a model minority and targeted as the perpetual foreigner. But during this time, they aspire for the first time to national political office.

ASIAN AMERICANS: Bruce Lee, Martial Artist and Actor

Episode 4: Generation Rising
Tuesday, May 12, 9:00-10:00 pm

During the time of the Vietnam War and social tumult, a young generation fights for equality in the fields, on campuses and in the culture, and claim a new identity: Asian Americans.

ASIAN AMERICANS - Episode 4: Generation Rising

Episode 5: Breaking Through
Tuesday, May 12, 10:00-11:00 pm

At the turn of the millennium, a new generation of Asian Americans are empowered by growing numbers and rising influence but face a reckoning of what it means to be an American.





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