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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 2022

Asian Americans

This month, we recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. We’ll explore Pacific Island culture and trace the lives of sculptor Isamu Noguchi, chef Tu David Phu, and “The Donut King” Ted Ngoy. We’ll also learn the story of a group of Japanese Americans and their mass incarceration by the U.S. government. Join us all month long as we examine the impact of Asian Americans on our country’s past, present, and future. 

Airing on MPT

Waterman Duke

Sunday, May 1 at 4pm
Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 906

Sunday, May 1 at 5pm
American Experience: Chinese Exclusion Act

Wednesday, May 4 at 10pm
Betrayed: Surviving an American Concentration Camp

Tuesday, May 10 at 9pm
American Masters "Waterman Duke"

Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30pm
Through Chinatown's Eyes: April 1968

Thursday, May 12 at 10pm
Unsettled History: America, China and the Doolittle Tokyo Raid

Tuesday, May 17 at 10pm
American Masters "Tyrus Wong"

Tuesday, May 24 at 9pm
American Experience "Plague at the Golden Gate"

Airing on MPT2

Donut King

Sunday, May 1 at 8 & 9pm
Asian Americans

Sunday, May 8 at 8 & 9pm
Asian Americans

Sunday, May 15 at 8pm
Asian Americans

Sunday, May 15 at 9pm

Sunday, May 15 at 9:30pm
Independent Lens "The Donut King"

Monday, May 16 at 8pm
Pacific Heartbeat

Monday, May 23 at 8pm
Pacific Heartbeat

Digital Extra

A companion piece to American Masters "Waterman Duke."


Lee Gerachis, Malibu's Surf Shop on Duke Kahanamoku

Lee Gerachis of Malibu's Surf Shop talks about surfing in OC, Malibu's Surf Shop and Duke Kahanamoku.