KLRU programming for Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, KLRU will broadcast a lineup of new and encore presentations honoring and exploring Asian American culture.

You Don’t Know Jack Soo airs Tuesday, May 8th at 10:30 pm
Profiles Jack Soo, the first Asian American to be cast in the lead role in a television series.

Every Day is a Holiday airs Thursday, May 10th at 9 pm
Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong creates an intimate portrait of her father, a man fifty years her senior. In this documentary, we explore the bonds of the father-daughter relationship and place themes of growing older, immigration and racism in the context of “living history.” Paul Loong (American Legion member, retired Veterans Affairs doctor, practicing Catholic) talks of his experiences as a POW in Japan and his subsequent quest to become an American. We discover why, despite much suffering, “Every Day Is a Holiday.”

One Voice airs Sunday, May 13th at 1 pm
ONE VOICE tells the story of the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest through the eyes of the student song directors. Every year in Hawaii, 2,000 high school students compete in the Kamehameha Schools Song Contest where young leaders direct their peers in singing Hawaiian music in four-part harmony. The contest is a unique cultural celebration that has become a major local event. ONE VOICE shares the thrill of the competition via the personal stories of the student song directors as they experience the trials and tribulations of competition in this annual high school event. Following the elected student song directors, the audience sees how the tradition creates an indelible experience that builds class unity, instills cultural pride and builds character. The film also explores their world outside of school by meeting their families, or ‘ohana, and revealing their hopes and dreams for the future.

Independent Lens “Left By the Ship” airs Thursday, May 24th at 9 pm
JR, Charlene, Margarita and Robert are half American; they are among the many children born to U.S. servicemen who were stationed in military bases in the Philippines until 1992. Like most Filipino Amerasians, they were left behind by their biological fathers and largely forgotten. Over the course of two years, they delve into the psychological and social consequences of the U.S. military presence and its legacy.

Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma airs Friday, May 25th at 9 pm
GOAT RODEO SESSIONS is a new, highly ambitious, and groundbreaking CD project that brings together four string virtuosos: world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, blue grass fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and Mandolin wizard Chris Thile. PBS now brings this new masterful work to viewers nationwide. Taped before a live and highly engaged audience at Boston’s much acclaimed venue, House of Blues, these four virtuosos ignore genre restraints and take us along on an inspiring journey that’s full of exhilarating music that ranges from being meditatively beautiful to mind spinning.

Tea & Justice airs Thursday, May 31st at 9 pm
Tea & Justice chronicles the experiences of three women who joined the New York Police Department during the 1980s-the first Asian women to become members of a force that was largely white and predominantly male. In this award-winning documentary, Officer Trish Ormsby and Detectives Agnes Chan and Christine Leung share their fascinating stories about careers and personal lives, as well as satisfactions and risks on the job, the stereotypes they defied, and how they persevered. Intrigued by the image of Asian women in a non-traditional profession, filmmaker Ermena Vinluan explores her own mixed feelings about cops while honoring the challenges Ormsby, Chan and Leung embraced, and the far-reaching changes they helped bring about.