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“Asian American stories were never really respected,” Renee Tajima-Peña, a filmmaker and professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, told NBC Asian America.

In 1980, the establishment of the Center for Asian American Media, a nonprofit dedicated to presenting diverse Asian American experiences, was a pivotal point, she noted.

This site is protected by recaptcha“I think Asian Americans have been seen as the outsiders, sort of tangential to American culture, to American history,” she said.

The docuseries, narrated by actors grant , condenses more than a century-and-a-half’s worth of pan Asian American history into five hours.

PBSGrace Lee, who directed and produced two episodes, described “Asian Americans” as a “landmark” series that explores American history through an Asian American lens.

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