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PBS series spotlights Asian Americans

US pubcaster PBS has begun streaming a four-part factual series about the experience of Asian Americans in direct response to the increased violence and hateful rhetoric against them in the country.

Brandon Arolfo

PBS Digital Studios and The Center for Asian American Media debuted A People’s History of Asian America on YouTube on May 6.

Hosted by journalist Dolly Li and professor Adrian De Leon, it addresses the recent increase in hate crimes and anti-Asian sentiment in the US.

The miniseries is available on PBS Voices, the documentary-focused YouTube channel from PBS Digital Studios, and is also available on the PBS website and video app.

Episodes examine the rise in anti-Asian sentiment amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the ‘model minority’ myth and the hyper-sexualization of Asian women, among other topics.

“As PBS’s documentary hub on YouTube, PBS Voices extends public media’s efforts to foster dialogue and deepen awareness around the many ways in which diversity makes our great nation stronger,” said Brandon Arolfo, head of PBS Digital Studios.

“While A People’s History of Asian America reveals some difficult truths, we are proud to stand in solidarity with the Asian American community and present informed perspectives that we believe will empower our audiences to create a future free of hate, intolerance and racism.”


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