Asian Americans: CA History

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April 28, 2020
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Join KQED and PBS SoCal for the first online sneak preview of the new PBS documentary series, Asian Americans.

Following the preview, KQED Forum host, Mina Kim will be joined by the Vice President of Race Forward, Jeff Chang and poet, Jason Bayani to discuss the role of Asian Americans in shaping California’s history and culture.

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.

Premieres May 11 & 12, 2020 on KQED and PBS SoCal

KQED’s local support generously provided by the Asian Art Museum. Engage with art at a distance through digital experiences that will keep your spirits up and the inspiration flowing. Bring the Asian Art Museum into your home by visiting

Major funding for ASIAN AMERICANS is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB); Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Ford Foundation/Just Films; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Freeman Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Kay Family Foundation; Long Family Foundation; Spring Wang and California Humanities.

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East Bay Hip Hop Dance | If Cities Could Dance | KQED Arts

#IfCitiesCouldDance #HipHop #RichmondCA R.O.O.T.S. The Movement members, all born and raised in Richmond, perform a mixture of styles influenced by krumping, hip-hop moves, African dance and modern ballet. For the dance troupe, their approach to collaborative choreography is crucial to their mission. Watch Deontae Watkins, Kabreshiona Tiyteea La'Shae Smith and Aziza Thomas dance proudly in front of Point Richmond, along Macdonald Avenue and outside the RYSE Youth Center (where young artists created some of the music heard in this video). Read more here: Hit that SUBSCRIBE button! Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter:

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Support for KQED is provided by the Asian Art Museum. Engage with art at a distance through inspiring digital experiences, including virtual tours, livestream programming like guided meditations, and conversations with artists, DIY art activities, and food demonstrations with Bay Area chefs. Bring the Asian Art Museum into your home by visiting

Asian Americans WETA Station Reel v01 - Unlisted

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    Yo Ann Martinez

    Yo Ann Martinez, Community Engagement Manager for KQED is responsible for maintaining and building relationships with community members and organizations on behalf of KQED. She has been the Executive Producer, writer and director for over a dozen news video features on subjects ranging from Veterans to Native Americans. She comes to KQED with over 25 years of non-profit experience advocating for children and families, working as an organizer in communities of color and working in media. She grew up in South Central Los Angeles and has traveled all over the world enhancing her film-making experiences by wearing multiple hats as a producer, director and editor on over a dozen independent films.


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    Mina Kim


    Mina Kim is KQED News’ evening anchor and the Friday host of Forum. She reports on a wide range of issues affecting the Bay Area and interviews newsmakers, local leaders and innovators. Mina started her career in public radio at KQED as an intern with Pacific Time. When the station began expanding its local news coverage in 2010, she became a general assignment reporter, then health reporter for The California Report. Mina’s award-winning stories have included on-the-scene reporting of the 2014 Napa earthquake and a series on gun violence in Oakland. Her work has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Mina grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Oak Park, CA. She lives in Napa.

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    Jeff Chang


    Critically acclaimed, award-winning journalist and author Jeff Chang is Race Forward’s Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture. Jeff will be the first to hold the position, which was born out of Race Forward's 2017 merger with Center for Social Inclusion. As Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture, Jeff will direct Race Forward’s narrative programs, including its innovative Strategic Communications department and the award-winning Colorlines news site—which he co-founded in 1998. He will also expand the organization’s work around cultural equity and justice in the arts sector, deepen its engagement around the arts and racial justice, and advance new initiatives around cultural strategy.

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    Jason Bayani


    Jason Bayani is the author of Locus (Omnidawn Publishing 2019) and Amulet (Write Bloody Publishing 2013). He’s an MFA graduate from Saint Mary’s College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the artistic director for Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American arts organization in the country. His publishing credits include World Literature Today, BOAAT Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Lantern Review, and other publications. Jason performs regularly around the country and debuted his solo theater show “Locus of Control” in 2016 with theatrical runs in San Francisco, New York, and Austin.

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    Michael Isip


    Michael is KQED’s 10th President. Michael has a quarter century of media experience and has played a critical role in KQED’s growth and transformation into a multimedia organization. Michael joined KQED in 2001 as a Television Executive Producer and has served in a number of senior-level roles, including Senior VP & Chief Content Officer and Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer. Michael has led strategic initiatives enabling KQED to become one of the largest and most successful public media institutions. Michael shepherded the growth in multimedia production and distribution. Additionally, he has focused operations on engaging audiences across multiple platforms by reorganizing the content division away from distribution platforms to a structure of multimedia teams in news, arts, science and education. This restructure facilitated greater collaboration and increased digital content and services. This transformation also brought upgrades to the station’s technological infrastructure. KQED’s total audience and membership are at all-time highs. Prior to KQED, Michael led production at KVIE Public Television, Sacramento. He started his career at WLS-TV, Chicago. Michael is a senior fellow for the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley and serves on the boards of Public Radio Exchange, American Documentary Inc. (producer of the PBS documentary series POV), Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Michael has a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from DePaul College of Law.

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