Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Programming

Posted on Apr 28, 2023

Join Austin PBS in celebrating and commemorating the culture, traditions, history, achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and beyond. Tune in all month to watch these stories.

Monday, May 1

10 p.m. China: Frame By Frame

Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker Bill Einreinhofer reflects on the time he spent in China, what he discovered, what he learned and the dramatic changes he witnessed. His pictures include original interviews and scenes shot throughout China, as well as little seen historical footage discovered in the most unlikely of places: America's National Archives and the Library of Congress.

Tuesday, May 2

9 p.m. Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March

Explore the fight against Asian American hate following the March 2021 mass shootings at three spas in Atlanta. Examine how this critical moment of racial reckoning sheds light on the struggles, triumphs and achievements of AAPI communities.

Thursday, May 4

7 p.m. Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan: Constance Wu

At a young age, Constance Wu identified acting as an outlet for her powerful emotions. However, after starring in Fresh Off The Boat and Crazy Rich Asians, she dealt with mounting public pressure to be a voice of Asian American representation. This pressure led her to take a break from public life, and the actress shares the growing pains of balancing her authentic self with the expectations of the public. In this conversation, Kelly and Constance also touch on spirituality, the power of listening, and the dangers of benevolent misogyny.

Monday, May 8

10:30 p.m. Overheard with Evan Smith: Amy Tan, Author

Amy Tan is the author of three best-selling novels including her 1989 novel The Joy Luck Club. Her newest novel, The Valley of Amazement, was published in November and is already on The New York Times best-seller list. The editors of The New York Times Book Review also named it a 2013 Notable Book. Tan co-produced and co-wrote the screenplay of The Joy Luck Club movie, released in 1993. Millions of copies of her books are in print and they have been translated into thirty languages.

Thursday, May 11

7 p.m. Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan: Lang Lang

World-renowned pianist Lang Lang performed his first recital at only four years old. After years of practice and performance, Lang Lang believes that everyone has the capacity to create. His work as a musician and an entertainer has taken him around the world to play with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Coldplay, Metallica, and at the Beijing Olympics.

Tuesday, May 16

8 p.m. American Masters - Nam June Paik: Moon is the Oldest TV

See the world through the eyes of Nam June Paik, the father of video art and coiner of the term "electronic superhighway." Experience the acclaimed artist's creative evolution, as Academy Award nominee Steven Yeun reads from Paik's own writings.

10:30 p.m. Come Back Anytime

Self-taught ramen master Masamoto Ueda and his wife Kazuko have run their Tokyo ramen shop, Bizentei, for more than forty years. Together with their customers, they have created a welcoming place of community. On the weekends, they venture together across the Japanese countryside, harvesting pears, bamboo shoots and wild mountain yams. An intimate portrait of Japan's culture of food, community, and work, COME BACK ANYTIME features gorgeous scenery, mouth-watering dishes and a delightful cast of regular customers. It's a heart-warming reminder of life's simplest pleasures: a delicious meal, relaxed conversations with friends and a special place to call one's own.

Thursday, May 18

7 p.m. Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan: Maya Shankar

Kelly Corrigan speaks with Maya Shankar about identity foreclosure, the trouble of cognitive forecasting, and new beginnings. Now a cognitive scientist and podcaster, Maya grew up immersed in the world of music as a violinist, starting her career by studying at Juilliard at just nine-years-old.

Monday, May 22

9 p.m. Fanny: The Right to Rock

Sometime in the 1960s, in sunny Sacramento, two Filipina American sisters got together with other teenage girls to play music. Little did they know, their garage band would evolve into the legendary rock group Fanny, the first all-women band to release an LP with a major record label. Despite releasing five critically-acclaimed albums over five years, touring with famed bands from Slade to Chicago and amassing a dedicated fan base of music legends including David Bowie, Fanny's groundbreaking impact in music was written out of history...until bandmates reunite 50 years later with a new rock record deal. With incredible archival footage of the band's rocking past intercut with its next chapter releasing a new LP today, the film includes interviews with a large cadre of music icons. Fighting early barriers of race, gender and sexuality in the music industry, and now ageism, the incredible women of Fanny are ready to claim their hallowed place in the halls of rock 'n' roll fame.

10:30 p.m. A Thousand Pebbles on the Ground

Roger is a Chinese-American medical worker facing rising anti-Asian sentiment. He's grieving the loss of his father, but he loves to perform and make people laugh.

Monday, May 29

10 p.m. Independent Lens: The Donut King

Hear the incredible story of Ted Ngoy. After fleeing Cambodia for the United States, he built a multi-million-dollar fried pastry empire, Christy's Doughnuts, and began living his American Dream. But a great rise often comes with a great fall.