PBS Honors Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Find Asian Pacific American history programming the entire month of May on PBS.
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4/25/2006 6:00:20 AM

From kungfu monks to the cultural significance of the hula to World War II heroes, PBS features year-round programming by and about Asian Americans. In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrated each May, PBS will present a special line-up of new and encore presentations that focus on Asians and Pacific Islanders and their vibrant cultural heritage in the United States. Reflecting the diversity of ethnicities, experiences and regions with a breadth unlikely to be found anywhere else, these compelling programs examine the rich history, cultural contributions and fascinating heritage of Asian Pacific Americans.

Tuesdays, 10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings)

This anthology series showcases documentaries, and a small number of dramas, united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Encompassing the full spectrum of film -- from history to drama to animation to shorts to social-issue films -- INDEPENDENT LENS allows audiences greater access to powerful and innovative programs. Edie Falco hosts.

"Fishbowl" (New) and "American Made" (New)
Tuesday, May 9, 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. ET

Adapted from Lois-Ann Yamanaka's Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, the dramatic short "Fishbowl" follows 11-year-old Lovey of Hilo, Hawaii, as she tries to be anything but herself. By Kayo Hatta, Linda Barry and Eleanor Nakama-Mitsunaga. Co-presentation with PBS Hawaii and the Center for Asian American Media. "American Made" confronts issues of tradition, faith, conformity and sacrifice when a Sikh-American family is stranded in the desert on their way to the Grand Canyon. By Sharat Raju and Marcus Cano.

"Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks in America" (Encore)
May 2006 (check local listings)

The famous fighting monks of the Shaolin Monastery have experienced a resurgence throughout the world, aided in part by the popularity of kung-fu movies among the hip-hop set and films like The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This film follows a handful of Shaolin monks who have brought the style to America, chronicling their adventures in New York City, Houston and Las Vegas.

"Vietnam: The Next Generation" (Encore)
May 2006 (check local listings)

Eight young Vietnamese, some born in the final days of the Vietnam War, others in the war's tragic aftermath, are entrepreneurs and street kids, farmers and students, artists and engineers. Together they embody the hopes, dreams and frustrations of a new Vietnam. Through their stories, this groundbreaking program takes an in-depth look at modern-day Vietnam, where communism and capitalism are going head-to-head. By: Sandra Northrop.

May 2006 (check local listings)

This feature-length film tells the story of Viki, a young girl shamed by her village for being poor and the daughter of a convicted thief. The lush, tropical beauty of Rotuma, an island 300 miles north of Fiji, contrasts with the stifling conformity of island culture as Viki -- inspired and haunted by the Warrior Woman from her island's mythology -- fights for justice and her freedom.

Tuesdays, continuing series, 10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings)

P.O.V. presents an array of groundbreaking and distinctive perspectives on contemporary life as chronicled by some of America's and Europe's most visionary non-fiction filmmakers.

"American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i"
May 2006 (check local listings)

For Hawaiians, the hula is not just a dance but a way of life -- even for those who no longer live on the islands. While most Americans know only the stereotypes of grass skirts and coconut bras, the hula is a living tradition that tells of the rich history and spirituality of Hawai'i through music, language and dance. A renaissance of Hawaiian culture continues to grow in California. Following three kumu hula, or master hula

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