Bearing in mind that the new miniseries Asian Americans is a PBS documentary offers a clear sense of how (and why) the series looks, sounds, and moves the way it does.
But while such critiques may be fair on purely formal grounds, they miss the ongoing value of projects like this.
Asian Americans draws out this history through personal, often deeply emotional testimony.
Most vitally, Asian Americans is not afraid to note the parallels between the events it covers and contemporary issues.
All five episodes of Asian Americans are available to stream on PBS.