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Film - Documentary

IES Spring Celebration 2022| Screening: Asian Americans, Episode 4, “Generation Rising”


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lied Commons
Joy Castro,
Asian Americans
This 5-hour documentary film series, produced by Renee Tajima-Peña, delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse yet more divided, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate and personal lives, the series casts a new lens on how one group of Americans, who were long excluded and considered outsiders, have played a central role in shaping the nation’s story. Asian Americans premiered on PBS in May of 2020. The series is narrated by Daniel Dae Kim and Tamlyn Tomita, episode producers are S. Leo Chiang, Geeta Gandbhir and Grace Lee.

Episode 1: “Breaking Ground”
Monday, March 28, 4pm CT, Lied Commons

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.

Episode 2: “A Question of Loyalty”
Tuesday, March 29, 4pm CT, Lied Commons

An American-born generation straddles their country of birth and their parents’ homelands in Japan and Korea. 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.

Episode 3: “Good Americans”
Wednesday, March 30, 4pm CT, Lied Commons

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 culture-quake simmers beneath the surface.

Episode 4: “Generation Rising”
Thursday, March 31, 4pm CT, Lied Commons

During a time of war and social tumult, a young generation fights for equality in the fields, on campuses and in the culture, and claim a new identity: Asian Americans. The war’s aftermath brings new immigrants and refugees who expand the population and the definition of Asian America.

Episode 5: “Breaking Through”
Friday, April 1, 4pm CT, Lied Commons

At the turn of the new millennium, the national conversation turns to immigration, race, and economic disparity. As the U.S becomes more diverse, yet more divided, a new generation of Asian Americans tackle the question, how do we as a nation move forward together?

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This event originated in Ethnic Studies.