KLRU features documentaries for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Join KLRU for the annual celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Special documentaries will air throughout the month, featuring the ancient science behind Chinese chariots, and historical Asian Pacific heroes like Pinky Thompson.

Mele Murals airs Monday, May 8 at 10 pm.  A documentary about the transformation of power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture.  At the center of the story are two renowned street artists – Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) – a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea.  Through their stories, Mele Murals shows how public art and native Hawaiian traditions transforms the artists, students and community.

Mele Murals Trailer from Tadashi Nakamura on Vimeo.

Nova “Chinese Chariot Revealed” airs Wednesday, May 17 at 8 pm.  NOVA premieres “Chinese Chariot Revealed.” For over a thousand years, chariots thundered across China’s battlefields — dominating warfare far longer than anywhere else on earth. Now a series of archaeological discoveries, including whole chariots buried with their horses, enable a team of experts to discover the genius of China’s first super-weapon. The program investigates design secrets which made chariots such a long lived war-machine, exploring hands-on how they were used, what set them apart from the rest of the world and how they helped unify China.

Visions in the Dark:  The Life of Pinky Thompson airs Monday, May 22 at 10:30 pmVisions in the Dark:  The Life of Pinky Thompson is a Hawaiian story of challenge, triumph and leadership of Myron “Pinky” Thompson.  Sustaining a serious eye wound during World War II that left him in the dark for two years, Myron “Pinky” Thompson emerged with a clear vision.  He would become a social worker, mentor and revered leader in his community.  He left a legacy of positive social change, pride in Pacific heritage and a strong sense of native Hawaiian identity.

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