Asian Americans, a new five-hour documentary broadcast by PBS and WETA debuting this week, aims to tell this story. Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski caught up with two of the film’s producer/directors, Grace Lee and Geeta Gandbhir, last week to discuss why the documentary is so necessary.
“There’s a constant struggle with Asian Americans — we go through these traumatic events and try to process them [at the same time],” said Lee. “Storytellers, historians, and people like us making this documentary get to have another chance to understand what this all means.”
The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to a surge in racist attacks against people of Asian descent, and deteriorating relations between China and the United States has sparked fear that anti-Asian bigotry will grow worse. But Lee expressed some reasons for optimism.