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Every May we take extra time to celebrate Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian (AAPINH) Heritage Month by shining a light on AAPINH experiences and filmmakers. 

Why May? you ask. 

In 1977 the U.S. Congress (spearheaded by Representative Frank Horton of New York and Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawai'i) chose the first ten days of May to commemorate the history and contributions of Asian American communities here in the U.S. The week's observance became a month, the very month in which the first Japanese immigrants came to the U.S. in 1843. We also commemorate the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 as the majority of workers who laid those railroad tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Enjoy this collection of films, some premiering in May as well as some gems to revisit.


REEL SOUTHThe Volunteer

An Asian-American veteran of the Vietnam War searches for the soldier who saved his life.

American MastersEthan Lim: Cambodian Futures

Chef Ethan Lim creates vibrant dishes inspired by the rich, complex history of Cambodia.

Stories from the StageGrowing Up Asian

Millions are creating their own definitions of what it means to be Asian American.

American MastersTyrus

Tyrus Wong's pioneering artwork led to iconic works like Bambi and Rebel Without a Cause.

American ExperiencePlague at the Golden Gate

Discover how bubonic plague in 1900 set off fear and anti-Asian sentiment in San Francisco

This Is UtahMalialole

Polynesian music & dance group Malialole is working to preserve the culture in Utah.

This Is UtahWomen of the World

Women of the World helps forcibly displaced women find a new home & community in Utah.

Why Local Civics MatterStudent Reporting Lab Interview with Nyalok Akec

Susi Feltch-Malohifo'ou on her involvement and impact in the community.

Fanny: The Right to RockFanny: The Right to Rock

Co-founded by Filipina American sisters, Fanny is a ferocious 70s rock band.

POVWisdom Gone Wild

In this reflection on aging and transformation, a woman with dementia reinvents herself.

POVHow to Have an American Baby

An intimate look behind the closed doors of the Chinese birth tourism industry in the US.

Modern GardenerA New Roots Community Gardener

Learn about New Roots and visit the deliciously unique garden of a New Roots gardener.

If you see an alarmingly high infant mortality rate in a group of people - how do you go about changing it? One program used cultural knowledge, intergenerational wisdom, and storytelling to create awareness about maternal and infant health in Utah's Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.

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Doc WorldGanden: A Joyful Land

The last generation of monks to have studied where the Dalai Lama’s lineage began.

This Is UtahGolden Spike and the History of Chinese Railroad Workers

Learn about the role of Chinese railroad workers on the transcontinental railroad.

WATCH nowAsian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond | On All Fronts

A biracial family navigates conversations about racial reckoning and its impact on them.

American MastersBecoming Yamazushi

A Japanese American rapper discovers how art can champion cultural liberation.

local food labIndian Street Food with Lavanya Mahate of Saffron Valley

Lavanya demonstrates amazing Indian street food recipes.

Let's TalkAnnie + Jahn

Let’s talk about the importance of building empathy.

Modern GardenerGardening as Art

We met with home gardeners Analy and Dave to take a peek in their yard.

local food labAnny Sooksri of Fav Bistro Demos a Thai Dish

An exclusive demo of a popular Thai dish: papaya salad. 

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