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Documentary filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña remembers visiting Little Tokyo with her grandfather who moved to the U.S. back in 1906.

Now a professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA, she is constantly asked to dissect what it means to be Asian in America.

“Since we started coming here it seems, there’s always been these two kinds of images of the Asian,” explained Tajima-Peña.

“The Asian American story in really surprising ways is really everybody’s story,” said Tajima-Peña.

The television broadcast of Asian Americans premieres on PBS on May 11.

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