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PBS’ ‘Asian Americans’ explores prejudice and perseverance The PBS documentary series “Asian Americans” that airs next week is a sweeping look at their impact on society, politics and pop culture between the mid-19th century and 9/11A century of racist attacks detailed in the new PBS documentary series “Asian Americans” might have felt like ancient history just a few months ago.

Hundreds of Asian Americans have reported verbal and physical assaults since the nation’s first infections surfaced in January.

The virus-related attacks, however, have been a stark reminder of how quickly Asian Americans can go from neighbor to scapegoat.

Like Kondabolu did in 2001, many young Asian Americans are now facing outright hate for the first time.

In terms of Asian Americans, of course, it’s this idea we’re so-called foreigners,” she said.

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