Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Celebrating heritage and culture.

Where did the Polynesian People Really Come From?

6:00 PM • Replay • Aired Oct 12, 2020 • 24 MINS

The Puzzle of Polynesia. How did the earliest Polynesians conquer the largest ocean on our planet?

The Puzzle of Polynesia. How did the earliest Polynesians conquer the largest ocean on our planet?

Asian American Paradox

9:00 PM • Replay • Aired Mar 24, 2016 • 26 MINS

Guest: Jennifer Lee, PhD, Professor of Sociology at the University of California Irvine and Co-author of “The Asian American Achievement Paradox”  Of all ethnic groups in the US – including native-born whites – Asian Americans have the highest household median income and education level. That probably doesn’t surprise you. Asian Americans are the country’s “model minority” group. Their culture places high value on educational achievement. Their hard-driving “Tiger Mothers” see to it Asian American children get good grades, develop stunning musical abilities and end up at Ivy League schools.

Guest: Jennifer Lee, PhD, Professor of Sociology at the University of California Irvine and Co-author of “The Asian American Achievement Paradox”  Of all ethnic groups in the US – including native-born whites – Asian Americans have the highest household median income and education level. That probably doesn’t surprise you. Asian Americans are the country’s “model minority” group. Their culture places high value on educational achievement. Their hard-driving “Tiger Mothers” see to it Asian American children get good grades, develop stunning musical abilities and end up at Ivy League schools.

  • News & Information

Land of the Rising Sun

Constant Wonder

6:00 PM • Replay • Aired Oct 28, 2020 • 52 MINS

Christopher Harding of the University of Edinburgh explores conformity and diversity in Japan. Duncan Ryuken Williams of USC explains how Japanese Americans in internment camps kept their religious practices alive.

Christopher Harding of the University of Edinburgh explores conformity and diversity in Japan. Duncan Ryuken Williams of USC explains how Japanese Americans in internment camps kept their religious practices alive.

  • Family & Lifestyle

Parenting Around the World

Eyres on the Road

5:00 PM • Replay • Aired Apr 15, 2017 • 28 MINS

The Eyres are on the road, or in the air, today as they visit from Dubai.

The Eyres are on the road, or in the air, today as they visit from Dubai.

Fighting Anti-Asian Hate

12:00 PM • Replay • Aired Apr 7, 2021 • 14 MINS

Making sure everyone feels welcome and safe

Making sure everyone feels welcome and safe

Native Americans and Polynesians

8:00 PM • Replay • Aired May 14, 2021 • 17 MINS

The Genetic Link between Polynesians and Native South Americans

The Genetic Link between Polynesians and Native South Americans

Children’s Literature

8:00 PM • Replay • Aired Aug 25, 2021 • 15 MINS

South Asian Stories for Children

South Asian Stories for Children

  • News & Information

Kazakh Famine

Constant Wonder

7:00 PM • Replay • Aired Dec 4, 2020 • 52 MINS

Sarah Cameron explains how Stalinist policies to resettle the nomads of Kazakstan lead to a generational famine in the republic. Shoshana Keller showcases the unique history of the Central Asian republics.

Sarah Cameron explains how Stalinist policies to resettle the nomads of Kazakstan lead to a generational famine in the republic. Shoshana Keller showcases the unique history of the Central Asian republics.

Watercress

8:00 PM • Replay • Aired Apr 19, 2021 • 17 MINS

A Childhood Memory Sparks Exploration of Belonging, Family History and Asian Identity in America

A Childhood Memory Sparks Exploration of Belonging, Family History and Asian Identity in America

Songbird Competition Causing Crisis in SE Asia

6:00 PM • Replay • Aired Aug 16, 2021 • 28 MINS

Keeping songbirds has been a practice in Southeast Asia for nearly 300 years.

Keeping songbirds has been a practice in Southeast Asia for nearly 300 years.

Violence Against Asian Americans

8:00 PM • Replay • Aired Mar 15, 2021 • 15 MINS

Pandemic Surge of Racism Against Asian Americans

Pandemic Surge of Racism Against Asian Americans

  • News & Information

The Shipwrecked Englishman Who Became a Samurai

Constant Wonder

6:00 PM • Replay • Aired Oct 20, 2021 • 53 MINS

The curious story of English samurai William Adams.

The curious story of English samurai William Adams.

A Geek in China

11:00 PM • Replay • Aired Jun 1, 2018 • 52 MINS

Guest: Matthew Christensen, PhD, Director of the Chinese Flagship Program, Professor, Asian and Near Eastern Languages, BYU, and Author, “A Geek in China” China is involved in much of the Trump Administration’s maneuvering right now – both on trade and North Korea. But, despite its prominence on the world stage and prevalence in our daily lives as the manufacturer of basically everything, China is not well-understood by Americans. Here we explore “what makes China quintessentially China.”

Guest: Matthew Christensen, PhD, Director of the Chinese Flagship Program, Professor, Asian and Near Eastern Languages, BYU, and Author, “A Geek in China” China is involved in much of the Trump Administration’s maneuvering right now – both on trade and North Korea. But, despite its prominence on the world stage and prevalence in our daily lives as the manufacturer of basically everything, China is not well-understood by Americans. Here we explore “what makes China quintessentially China.”

Broadway's Lea Salonga Blurs Musical Genres in Busy Career

11:00 PM • Replay • Aired Apr 26, 2017 • 21 MINS

Guest: Lea Salonga, Tony-Award-Winning Broadway Performer Tony-award winning Broadway star Lea Salonga recently visited BYU as part of the Bravo! Performing Arts Series. Salonga blazed a trail for other Asian women on Broadway as the first actress to perform the lead role of Kim in “Miss Saigon” and the first woman of Asian descent to perform the roles of Eponine and Fantine in “Les Miserables” on Broadway. Her most recent Broadway appearance was in “Allegiance,” which Salonga says was a “show that we as Asian people needed to do. To be able to say, yes, you see Asian faces, but these are Americans on this stage.” Salonga's new album, "Blurred Lines" is out May 5.

Guest: Lea Salonga, Tony-Award-Winning Broadway Performer Tony-award winning Broadway star Lea Salonga recently visited BYU as part of the Bravo! Performing Arts Series. Salonga blazed a trail for other Asian women on Broadway as the first actress to perform the lead role of Kim in “Miss Saigon” and the first woman of Asian descent to perform the roles of Eponine and Fantine in “Les Miserables” on Broadway. Her most recent Broadway appearance was in “Allegiance,” which Salonga says was a “show that we as Asian people needed to do. To be able to say, yes, you see Asian faces, but these are Americans on this stage.” Salonga's new album, "Blurred Lines" is out May 5.