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 American Heritage Month, KLRU and KLRU Q will broadcast a lineup of new and encore presentations honoring and exploring Asian-Pacific American culture.
Light Of The Valley: The 15th Renovation Of Swayam
Monday, May 5 at 10:30 pm and Sunday, May 11 at 1:30 pm.
Light of the Valley presents the inspiring story of the 15th renovation of the Swayambu Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, recognized as one of the most important monuments in the Buddhist world. Renowned for its great antiquity and spiritual significance, this historic site has been worshipped continuously through the centuries by the people of Nepal and Tibet. It remains a focus of daily offerings, prayers and ceremonies today. In 2008, Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku sent his daughter, Tsering Gellek to Nepal to direct the renovation, a project that is traditionally undertaken once in a century. With the help of 70 skilled Nepalese artisans, in less than two years the project was successfully completed. Light of the Valley, a 30-minute documentary produced by Guna Foundation, chronicles this momentous achievement. Light of the Valley reawakens an appreciation for culturally significant sites and the value of their conservation throughout the world. Art restoration work undertaken with sensitivity, goodwill and community participation enriches our human heritage and benefits generations to come.
Japanese American Lives
Tuesday, May 6 at 10:00 pm
Using rare archival footage, intimate interviews and plenty of on-the-mat action, director Yuriko Gamo Romer eloquently brings to life the inspiring story of a remarkable woman and judo master. At a time when women went from childhood home to wife and homemaker, Keiko Fukuda made an unpopular choice and took a different path, saying, “This [Judo] was my marriage…this is when my life destiny was set.” This documentary beautifully showcases the life of 99-year-old Sensei Fukuda, presenting her as not only a pioneer for women but as an inspiration to us all.
Asia Society Texas Center: Building Bridges
Thursday, May 8 at 8 pm and Sunday, May 11 at 3:00 pm
This documentary explores how famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s landmark building came to fruition in Houston’s Museum District. It examines the history of the organization, the design and construction of this one-of-a-kind cultural center in Houston, Texas.
Silk Road Ensemble With Yo-Yo Ma
Friday, May 9 at 8:00 pm and repeats Sunday, May 11 at 2:00 pm
The Silk Road Ensemble brings distinguished musicians, composers, and performing artists from more than 20 countries around the world to celebrate, explore, and experiment the wide variety of cultural approaches to musical performances. This intimate, one-hour documentary follows the group as they perform a spectacular 15th anniversary concert at Tanglewood and features background interviews, behind-the-scenes excerpts, and magical offstage moments that will encourage viewers to think more about sharing inspirations and expressing individuality within the world of music.
POV The World Before Her
Monday, May 12 at 9:00 pm
This program tells tells the tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant — a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. Moving between these divergent realities, the film creates a provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment-and of two women who hope to shape its future.
Tuesday, May 13 at 10:00 pm
Mulberry Child is a moving story of Jian Ping’s coming of age as the daughter of a senior government official and her family’s struggle to survive China’s Cultural Revolution of 1966-1979. The story follows Jian’s life through her present-day relationship with her American daughter, addressing universal issues between mother and daughter, triumph and adversity, and overcoming immigrant challenges. Based on Ping’s book, Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, this program is narrated by actress Jacqueline Bisset.
Independent Lens Seeking Asian Female
Monday, May 19 at 9:00 pm
Two strangers — an elderly American man and a young Chinese woman — pursue a marriage brokered by the internet, but they get more than they bargained for when she moves across the Pacific to start a new life with him in America.
KLRU Q will feature programming each Saturday at 6 pm
May 3 – Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings
A portrait of an inspiring and inventive musician whose virtuoso skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential. Through intimate conversations with Shimabukuro, this program reveals the cultural and personal influences that have shaped the man and the musician. On the road from Los Angeles to New York to Japan, the film captures the solitary life on tour: the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame and the loneliness of separation from home and family.
May 10 – Pacific Heartbeat “Pure Caz: Music of the Brothers Cazimero”
Legendary musicians Robert and Roland Cazimero of the The Brothers Cazimero perform an enchanting array of original compositions and island standards. Also featured are reflections from the brothers and their friends on their childhood, their illustrious careers, and their perspectives on Hawaiian music from the past to the present.
May 17 – Pacific Heartbeat “The Illness & The Odyssey”
A cure for Alzheimer’s. A Nobel Prize. An honored place in medical history. All of this hangs in the balance as scientists race to find the cure for a rare disease found on one remote Pacific island. The film features the renowned neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks and as well as many other luminaries in the field of neuroscience. Based on the book “The Island of the Colorblind” by Dr. Sacks, the film traces the struggle to solve a medical mystery plaguing a native population living on Guam.
May 24 – Pacific Heartbeat “Hula: The Merrie Monarch’s Golden Celebration”
Takes a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the 50th annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii. The Festival is Hawaii’s most significant cultural event and showcases the ancient art of hula for a global audience. This program highlights the hard work, dedication and spirit of the Festival participants.
May 31 – Pacific Heartbeat “Na Loea: The Masters”
Beautifully depicts the lives of those who are considered masters in Hawaiian culture. This episode includes two stories: Ancestral Ink features Keone Nunes, a kumu hula (teacher of hula) and master of traditional kakau (tattooing), and The Great Heart of Waiokane features Ed Wendt, a pioneer in the taro restoration movement who has helped to re-establish the water rights for all traditional farmers in east Maui.