In mild of the Atlanta shootings of March 16 and common spike in violence towards Asian Individuals, PBS has made the docuseries Asian Americans quickly free to stream.
The sequence appears on the previous 150 years of U.S. historical past by means of the lens of this nation’s Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants — a gaggle that confronted violence and prejudice lengthy earlier than 2021.
On March 16, a gunman shot and killed eight folks at numerous Atlanta spas, six of whom have been Asian girls: Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Daoyou Feng, Quickly Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue. Concentrating on particular victims primarily based on race and gender qualifies as a hate crime below Georgia legislation, however investigators have but to cost the shooter.
Violence and hate speech towards Asians and Asian Individuals have increased sharply for the reason that begin of the coronavirus pandemic, not least as a result of Donald Trump intentionally mislabeled the virus time and again with a view to blame China. The PBS documentary illuminates an extended historical past of the USA marginalizing and othering this demographic — alongside its constant mistreatment of Native Individuals, Black folks, and anybody else who would not seem like the primary 43 presidents.
Asian Individuals is now streaming on PBS. You’ll find all 5 episodes right here.