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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a dramatic uptick in hate crimes against Asian Americans in the U.S. as well as against Asians in other parts of the world. We witnessed this with reports of a mass shooting in Atlanta on March 16, 2021, in which eight people were killed—six of the victims being Asian American women. Due to the horrific and deadly nature of this crime, it has left the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community reeling with grief and outrage at the atrocity. In response, many advocates and allies are crying out for justice and increased awareness about violence and racism against Asian Americans.
Education is one of the greatest tools as a recourse to raise awareness and eradicate ignorance and hate. In light of this fact, PBS is now offering its five-part documentary series Asian Americans for free to stream. According to the broadcasting network, the series “…delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever… Told through intimate and personal lives, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story.”
The PBS series—produced by a team of Asian American filmmakers in collaboration with the Center for Asian American Media—has received much support and positive feedback from members of the AAPI community. Many have recommended it as an incredibly powerful tool to educate yourself about Asian American history and what it means to be Asian in America today.
Asian Americans is currently available for streaming on PBS. Visit their website for more information.
In light of the March 16 shootings in Atlanta, PBS is offering its five-part documentary series Asian Americans for free to stream. Watch a preview here.
Members of the Asian American community have expressed the importance of this series, recommending it as a tool for education against hate and ignorance.
Streaming free on @PBS in response to the Atlanta shootings. Docuseries ASIAN AMERICANS traces the roots of systemic racism and violence, and how Asian Americans fought for justice. https://t.co/tTJhkewEFA #AsianAmPBS #StopAsianHate pic.twitter.com/h47kFGalMT
— Renee Tajima-Peña (@rtajima) March 20, 2021
The #AsianAmericansPBS series is streaming online for free again. Through personal stories, the series shows how systemic racism and community resilience and solidarity have brought us to this moment. Know your history. https://t.co/mvdrQpbt5c
— Grace Lee (@anothergracelee) March 19, 2021
— Jason Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP (@DrJasonLee) March 22, 2021
Learning Asian American History is Learning American History. Pls. take a moment to watch this powerful documentary in 5 episodes @pbsteachers @AAAJ_LA @NYSEDNews @NEH_Education @SecCardona Produced by the talented @rtajima #AsianAmPBS #EthnicStudiesNow https://t.co/IyC7BIfJNh
— Dr. Judy Yu (@Judy_Reach) March 19, 2021
#AsianAmPBS is an empowering series & reaffirms my “Americanness”
Because our push for equity & justice isn’t new in the US as #AAPI citizens — We’re merely the latest generation in a long line of activism & fighting for freedom:
🔗https://t.co/8DDjBw3m8t via @PBS#StopAAPIHate https://t.co/jEseh1DGdN
— Jonathan J. Suen (@SuenJonathan) March 19, 2021