Schedule: "Due East": programs on the Asian Pacific and Asian American Experience, May 1-30

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
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testIn conjunction with Asian Pacific American Heritage month, Thirteen is airing programs that reflect the Asian Pacific and Asian American experience. From the history of the Chinese in Hollywood filmmaking to the devastating problems in the region of Vidarhba in India, these programs offer insight into culture and identity.

(note: the 5/6 broadcast of Secrets of the Dead : Fight over Guadalcanal is now on 5/9)
(note: Independent Lens: Wings of Defeat is now on 5/22 AT 10pm)

(Thirteen’s broadcast day runs 6 am – 6 am)

Friday, May 1, 2009
10 pm: WIDE ANGLE: BURNING SEASON (originally aired July 22, 2008, watch online now)
“Burning Season” is a look at the work of Dorjee Sun, an entrepreneur who is seeking financial support for the sale of carbon credits that could keep the Indonesian rain forests intact. But the plan conflicts with the Indonesian farmers’ livelihood of cutting trees for the oil palm plantations. This documentary explores this thorny issue pitting the environment against economics.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
4 am: WIDE ANGLE: BURNING SEASON (originally aired July 22, 2008, watch online now)
“Burning Season” is a look at the work of Dorjee Sun, a green entrepreneur, who is seeking financial support for the sale of carbon credits that would keep the Indonesian rain forests intact. But the plan conflicts with the Indonesian farmers’ livelihood of cutting trees for the oil palm plantations. This documentary explores this thorny issue pitting the environment against economics.

10 pm: INDEPENDENT LENS: WINGS OF DEFEAT
This documentary film explores the lives of the doomed Japanese Kamikaze pilots in World War II from their training to their suicidal missions.
Watch the trailer.

Thursday, May 7, 2009
3 am: INDEPENDENT LENS: WINGS OF DEFEAT
This documentary film explores the lives of the doomed Japanese Kamikaze pilots in World War II from their training to their suicidal missions.

4 am: GLOBAL VOICES: SUMO EAST AND WEST
Learn about the world of sumo wrestling, the ancient and revered Japanese sport. Ferne Pearlstein’s film examines the sport undergoing changes as it is bringing an influx of American sumo wrestlers while it is also becoming popular in the West.

5 am: SMART TRAVELS: PACIFIC RIM WITH RUDY MAXA: HONG KONG
Travel guide Rudy Maxa takes us on a journey to Hong Kong where ancient and modern cultures clash.

Friday, May 8, 2009
4 am: SECRETS OF THE DEAD: DOGFIGHT OVER GUADALCANAL (orginally aired August 2006)
The present remains of a World War II Wildcat fighter plane in Guadalcanal in the South Pacific provide the focal point for one of aviation’s most legendary dogfights between American pilot James Sutherland and his Japanese counterpart Saburo Sakai. Join investigator Ralph Wetterhahn as he examines the plane and the classic showdown of these two men.

5 am: SMART TRAVELS: PACIFIC RIM WITH RUDY MAXA: SHANGHAI
Join Rudy Maxa as he travels through Shanghai, which is already booming economically and culturally. Take in the sights of the canal town of Zhouzhuang, the Suzhou gardens and other places in this remarkable city.

10 pm: WIDE ANGLE: JAPAN’S ABOUT-FACE (originally aired July 8, 2008, watch online here)
Long known as a pacifist nation since World War II, Japan is undergoing a major shift in policy as it has created the Self Defense Forces. This documentary not only offers a glimpse into the lives of Defense Academy cadets, but also peace activists–some of whom are atom bomb survivors.

Saturday, May 9, 2009
3 pm: SECRETS OF THE DEAD: DOGFIGHT OVER GUADALCANAL
The present remains of a World War II Wildcat fighter plane in Guadalcanal in the South Pacific provide the focal point for one of aviation’s most legendary dogfights between American pilot James Sutherland and his Japanese counterpart Saburo Sakai. Join investigator Ralph Wetterhahn as he examines the plane and the classic showdown of these two men.

Sunday, May 10, 2009
10:30 pm: THE RED STRING
Elizabeth Pearson Garr’s documentary explores the lives of single American women who adopted Chinese daughters and the cultural adjustments they face.

Tuesday, Tuesday May 12, 2009
3:30 am: THE RED STRING
Elizabeth Pearson Garr’s documentary explores the lives of single American women who adopted Chinese daughters and the cultural adjustments they face.

4 am: WIDE ANGLE: JAPAN’S ABOUT-FACE (originally aired July 8, 2008, watch online now)
Long known as a pacifist nation since World War II, Japan is undergoing a major shift in policy as it has created the Self Defense Forces. This documentary not only offers a glimpse into the lives of Defense Academy cadets, but also peace activists–some of whom are atom bomb survivors.

Thursday, May 14, 2009
4:30 am: WIDE ANGLE: JAPAN’S ABOUT-FACE (originally aired July 8, 2008, watch online now)
Long known as a pacifist nation since World War II, Japan is undergoing a major shift in policy as it has created the Self Defense Forces. This documentary not only offers a glimpse into the lives of Defense Academy cadets, but also peace activists–some of whom are atom bomb survivors.

Friday, May 15, 2009
4 am: INDEPENDENT LENS: ABDUCTION: THE MEGUMI YOKOTA STORY (originally aired June 19, 2008)
In 1977, 13-year-old Megumi Yokota (pictured above) was abducted after school by North Korean spies. For years her family had been waiting for word on her whereabouts or whether she was still alive. This documentary tells Megumi’s story through the eyes of her parents from the early days of the kidnapping through the pain and twists they have experienced for the next two decades.
Watch the trailer.

Friday, May 22, 2009
10 pm: INDEPENDENT LENS: WINGS OF DEFEAT
They were Japan’s Divine Wind Special Attack Unit, or Kamikaze tokkōtai, and 4,000 of them—some still in their teens—died in a futile effort to turn the tide of a war already lost. Little known outside of Japan, a few Kamikaze survived. Now old men, they must reconcile their guilt with their gratitude for the unexpected gift of a full life.

Saturday, May 23, 2009
11:20 pm: REEL 13 INDIES: TOGETHER

Sunday, May 24, 2009
3:40 am: REEL 13 INDIES: TOGETHER

11:30 pm: BLACK GRACE: FROM CANNON’S CREEK TO JACOB’S PILLOW (originally aired June 21, 2007)
A documentary about the popular New Zealand Pacific Islander dance ensemble from its beginnings in Cannon Creek to an appearance at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
3:30 am: MOST HONORABLE SON (originally aired Sept. 17, 2007)
Bill Kubota’s documentary tells the amazing life story of Ben Kuroki, a Japanese American from Nebraska who enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after Pearl Harbor and became a war hero and later a journalist.
Watch a recent interview with Ben Kuroki at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

4:30 am: WIDE ANGLE: THE DYING FIELDS (originally aired Aug. 28, 2007–watch online now)
India’s economic boom has escaped its Vidarbha region, which was once the country’s cotton belt. Not only experiencing crop failures and debts, Vidarbha’s four million cotton farmers are also experiencing a new tragedy: suicides. This latest installment of Wide Angle explores the people facing these hardships as they struggle to cope.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
1 am: REEL 13 INDIES: TOGETHER

9 pm: AMERICAN MASTERS: HOLLYWOOD CHINESE
The story of how the Chinese were portrayed in American movies is told in this latest addition to American Masters. Featuring interviews with James Hong, Ang Lee, B.D. Wong and others, this documentary examines the history of those depictions from the 1937 film The Good Earth to Wayne Wang’s movie adaptation of the Amy Tan novel The Joy Luck Club in 1993.

Thursday, May 28, 2009
3:30 am: BLACK GRACE: FROM CANNON’S CREEK TO JACOB’S PILLOW (originally aired June 21, 2007)
A documentary about the popular New Zealand Pacific Islander dance ensemble from their beginnings in Cannon Creek to their appearance at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts.

Friday, May 29, 2009
2 am: AMERICAN MASTERS: HOLLYWOOD CHINESE
The story of how the Chinese were portrayed in American movies is told in this latest addition to American Masters. Featuring interviews with James Hong, Ang Lee, B.D, Wong, Amy Tan, and others, this documentary examines the history of those depictions from the 1937 film The Good Earth to Wayne Wang’s movie adaptation of the Amy Tan novel The Joy Luck Club in 1993.

3:30 am: THE FIRST BATTLE
This film is an account of the nisei’s fight against the American internment policy of the Japanese in Hawaii after Pearl Harbor, focusing on the efforts of two individuals involved in the struggle, Hung Wai Ching and Shigeo Yoshida.

Saturday, May 30, 2009
11 pm: REEL 13 INDIES: MONSOON WEDDING
Mira Nair’s 2001 film that explores romantic tribulations and the cultural clash during the preparation of a traditional wedding in Delhi.



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