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Renee Tajima-Peña, professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the series producer of “Asian Americans,” a five-part series on the Asian American experience that represents a collaboration of Asian American filmmakers, scholars, community and public media.

Renee Tajima-Peña, producer of the “Asian Americans” docuseries“It’s the story of not how Asian Americans became Americans, but how Asian Americans helped shape America,” the filmmaker explains over the telephone.

Asian American HeroThe 1950s was a decade where Asian Americans needed someone to stand up for them.

He recalls that a drill sergeant in training camp singled him out, telling recruits, “This is what a gook looks like.”Black students at San Francisco State University demand Black studies programs and Asian American students demand Asian American studies.

“Asian Americans” is a production of WETA Washington, DC and the Center for Asian American Media for PBS, in association with the Independent Television Service, Flash Cuts and Tajima-Peña Productions.

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