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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022
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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

PBS Western Reserve Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Special Programming

PBS Western Reserve celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a variety of programming airing on its PBS Western Reserve (WNEO 45.1 / WEAO 49.1) and Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2) channels. Shows that are airing for the first time are marked with an asterisk (*).

Hayao Miyazaki: 10 Years with the Master

Hayao Miyazaki: 10 Years with the Master

 
Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2):

Sundays, May 1–22, at 4 PM

 

Hayao Miyazaki is the creator of some of the world’s most iconic and enduring anime feature films, including “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Princess Mononoke,” “My Neighbor Totoro” and the Academy Award-winning “Spirited Away.” This documentary is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the genius of Japan’s foremost living film director.


 

Asian Americans

Asian Americans, Breaking Through

 
Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2):

Friday, May 6, at 7 PM

 

See how new immigrants from China, India, Japan, the Philippines and beyond—despite anti-Asian laws—still manage to build railroads, dazzle on the silver screen and take their fight for equality to the United States. (Part 5 of 5)


 

American Masters, Waterman—Duke: Ambassador of Aloha*

American Masters, Waterman—Duke: Ambassador of Aloha*

 
PBS Western Reserve (WNEO 45.1 / WEAO 49.1):

Tuesday, May 10, at 9:30 PM
Wednesday, May 11, at 2 AM

Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2):

Saturday, May 14, at 8 PM

 

Discover the inspiring story of five-time Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku. He shattered swimming records and globalized surfing while overcoming racism in a lifetime of personal challenges. Narrated by Jason Momoa.


 

Betrayed: Surviving an American Concentration Camp*

Betrayed: Surviving an American Concentration Camp*

 
PBS Western Reserve (WNEO 45.1 / WEAO 49.1):

Friday, May 13, at 5 PM

Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2):

Saturday, May 14, at noon

 

Learn the story of a group of Japanese Americans and their incarceration by the U.S. government during World War II. The documentary also explores the long-term effects of this incarceration and the phenomenon of intergenerational trauma. More than 40 camp survivors and descendants bring an unparalleled immediacy and urgency to the story.


 

American Experience, Mr. Tornado

American Experience, Mr. Tornado

 
Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2):

Friday, May 13, at 7 PM

 

Ted Fujita was a Japanese American engineer turned meteorologist. He immersed himself in research on tornadoes and introduced the “Fujita Scale,” a six-point scale to classify degrees of tornado intensity.


 

American Masters, Tyrus Wong

American Masters, Tyrus Wong

 
PBS Western Reserve (WNEO 45.1 / WEAO 49.1):

Friday, May 20, at 5 PM

Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2):

Saturday, May 21, at 8 PM

 

Until his death at the age of 106, Tyrus Wong was America’s oldest living Chinese American artist and one of the last remaining artists from the golden age of Disney animation. The quiet beauty of his Eastern-influenced paintings had a pioneering impact on American art and popular culture.


 

The Registry

The Registry

 
Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2):

Friday, May 20, at 7 PM

 

This film breaks open the hidden history of the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Service (MIS) during World War II. It is a story made possible because of a few aging Japanese American Veterans with a little internet savvy and a lot of determination.


 

American Experience, Plague at the Golden Gate*

American Experience, Plague at the Golden Gate*

 
PBS Western Reserve (WNEO 45.1 / WEAO 49.1):

Tuesday, May 24, at 9 PM
Wednesday, May 25, at 2 AM

Fusion (WNEO 45.2 / WEAO 49.2):

Friday, May 27, at 7 PM

 

The bubonic plague outbreak in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1900 and the hunt to identify its source led to a spate of violent anti-Asian sentiment. 


 

Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story

Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story

 
PBS Western Reserve (WNEO 45.1 / WEAO 49.1):

Friday, May 27, at 5 PM

 

Meet the statesman who served as cabinet secretary for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Imprisoned by the United States during World War II for his Japanese ancestry, Mineta rose to become the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet.