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Celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Twin Cities PBS

Honoring the contributions of AANHPI people in the United States.

April 29, 2024

In celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, Twin Cities PBS (TPT) is offering programming that recognizes and honors the contributions, histories and cultures of AANHPI people in the United States.

The AANHPI community is incredibly diverse, encompassing more than 50 ethnic groups, each with their own unique history, culture and traditions. From the rich traditions of East Asia to the vibrant cultures of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, AANHPI communities have made significant contributions to U.S. society and helped shape the nation’s history.

From exciting YouTube series to full length programs, we invite you to explore the variety of content we have celebrating the histories, stories, cultures, and achievements of AANHPI people and communities. This year, a new season of the food and culture series, Relish, returns with more chefs, more music and more flavor than ever, Hosted by Chef Yia Vang of Union Hmong Kitchen and the soon-to-open Vinai, the series allows viewers the opportunity to travel the culinary globe without leaving Minnesota, and to explore the stories of local chefs and food artisans who bring their heritage and creative flair to their delicious dishes.

For even more options, make sure to check out TPT’s AANHPI Heritage Month Collection.

To Be Takei 

Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.


Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story 

A tribute to 50 amazing years of Asian American Pacific Islander culture and activism through the lens of photographer Corky Lee. From Chinatown garment workers, Pakistani families, Thai dancers, Tibetan monks, Filipinos against war, feminists supporting the ERA, Koreans protesting hate crimes, and veterans remembering 9/11, Lee’s rare photographs show the diversity of the AAPI experience.


Relish – Salmon On Crispy Rice By John Sugimura

Chef John Sugimura cooks up Salmon on Crispy Rice to reconnect with a Japanese grandmother who lost everything when she was sent to a WW2 internment camp.


The Story Of China With Michael Wood

The Story of China written and presented by historian Michael Wood, explores the history of the world’s oldest continuous state, from the ancient past to the present day. Home to over a billion people, China is the new superpower, a country we all want to understand now, and Wood argues that to do so we have to look at its history. Travelling across the country he explores the landscapes, peoples, stories and cultures that have helped create China’s distinctive character and genius over more than four thousand years. Journeying along the Silk Route, down the Grand Canal, and across the plain of the Yellow River, where Chinese civilization began, Wood meets people from all walks of life, visiting China’s most evocative landscapes and exploring ancient cities like Xian, Nanjing and Hangzhou. He’ll trace some of the great moments in Chinese history – from their extraordinary voyages of exploration before Columbus, to amazing scientific inventions before the European Renaissance: he’ll even show that the Chinese invented football!


Asian Americans

Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that will chronicle the contributions, and challenges of Asian Americans, the fastest-growing ethnic group in America. Personal histories and new academic research will cast a fresh lens on U.S. history and the role Asian Americans have played in it.


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 ground breaking rock group you’ve never heard of… yet.


Waterman – Duke: Ambassador of Aloha

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


Asian Flavors

Food, tradition, and culture make a home. Asian Flavors is the Minnesota story of coming together around the Asian dinner table. Co-produced with Minnesota Historical Society Press.


Worn Within – Karen Weaving

A red sarong, a Chay Moe Thu, and a Chay Moe Wah – what do all of these have in common? In this episode of Worn Within, Susan finds out how these woven pieces play a major role in the marriage customs of the Karen people.


America’s Secret War

In the shadows of the Vietnam War, the CIA organized a secret war in neighboring Laos to prevent communism from spreading deeper into Southeast Asia. The Hmong fought for the U.S. — and for themselves— to keep Ho Chi Minh’s regime from destroying their way of life.


Armed With Language

Minnesota was home to a little-known military intelligence school during WWII that trained Japanese Americans to be translators. Primarily recruited from concentration camps on the West Coast, these men and women, served while many of their families remained imprisoned. For their efforts it is said that they “shortened the Pacific War by two years and saved possibly a million American lives.”


That Got Weird – A True Story Of Internalized Racism

Jo points out that racism and microaggressions don’t always come from white people – internalized racism is real and harmful. Whether within her own community or in inner-city youth, Jo talks about her opinions and experiences with internalized racism, the way we process racism, and how to be better than our mistakes.


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