Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with WCNY!
May 1, 2023
Tune in all month long for special TV programming celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
Asian Americans: Breaking Ground
In an era of exclusion and U.S. empire, new immigrants
arrive from China, India, Japan, the Philippines, and
beyond. Barred by anti-Asian laws they become
America’s first “undocumented immigrants,” yet they
build railroads, dazzle on the silver screen, and take
their fight for equality to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Watch Monday, May 8 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV
Asian Americans: A Question of Loyalty
An American-born generation straddles their country
of birth and their parents’ homelands in Asia. Those
loyalties are tested during World War II, when families
are imprisoned in detention camps, and brothers find
themselves on opposite sides of the battle lines.
Watch Tuesday, May 9 at 9 p.m. on WCNY-TV
Asian Americans: Good Americans
During the Cold War years, Asian Americans are
simultaneously heralded as a “model minority” and
targeted as the perpetual foreigner. It is also a time of
bold ambition, as Asian Americans aspire for the first
time to national political office and a coming culturequake
simmers beneath the surface.
Watch Saturday, May 13 at 8:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV
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.” Born in Japan-occupied Korea, Paik
went on to become a pillar of the American avantgarde
and transformed modern image-making with
his sculptures, films, and performances.
Watch Tuesday, May 16 at 9:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV
Fanny: The Right to Rock
Co-founded by Filipina American and queer teenagers,
Fanny is the first all women band to release an
album with a major record label (Warner/Reprise,
1970). Revered by David Bowie, meet the most
groundbreaking rock group you’ve never heard of yet.
Watch Monday, May 22 at 10 p.m. on WCNY-TV
Independent Lens: The Donut King
An immigrant story with a (glazed) twist, “The Donut
King” follows the journey of Cambodian refugee Ted
Ngoy. He arrived in California in the 1970s and through
a mixture of diligence and luck, built a multi-million
dollar donut empire up and down the West Coast.
Watch Monday, May 29 at 10 p.m. on WCNY-TV
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