May is Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, to honor the rich history and accomplishments of AAPIs throughout the history of the United States. WHRO Public Media is proud to commemorate AAPI Heritage month with a new documentary from PBS and an upcoming virtual event in partnership with Vietnamese Boat People. 

Documentary

May 11 & 12, 8 p.m. 

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 personal stories, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played.

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Virtual Storytelling Event

May 29, 7 p.m.

AsianAmerican StorySlam

Join us for a virtual storytelling event highlighting the Vietnamese American experience. Presented in partnership with Vietnamese Boat People, the virtual event will happen May 29 at 7 p.m., but we want your submission to be a part of it!

Share your Vietnamese-American experience. Tell us a story with a video no longer than three minutes. Topics may include experiences like growing up in a Vietnamese household, how certain dishes were an important part of your youth, or how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your experience as a Vietnamese-American.

Learn more and submit your story. Every selected submission wins $100.

Deadline to submit is Friday, May 15, at 11:59 p.m. EST.


Selected Clips

Asians Were America’s First “Undocumented Immigrants”

Connie Yu’s family story in the U.S. almost ended at the Angel Island Immigration Station, where her grandmother was detained for over a year, separated from her American-born children. In an atmosphere of nativism and hate, exclusionary laws have made Asians the nation’s first “undocumented immigrants.” Yet those who manage to stay, build families and communities in America.


‘They Liked to Pit the Mexicans Against the Filipinos’

The Filipino farmworkers voted to strike, but they had to convince Cesar Chavez, the leader of the Mexican workers, to join them. The task was left to Larry Itliong. Together Filipino and Mexicans mounted a historic and victorious grape strike that electrified the world.


Patsy Mink: The First Woman of Color in the U.S. Congress

Patsy Mink forged her own path. When Patsy was born in Hawaii, she was admitted to law school as a Japanese American. In 1964 she ran for Congress and became the first woman of color in the U.S. Congress. Her triumphs opened doors for so many Asian Americans.

Find more videos in this special PBS collection of stories that explores the history, traditions and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.