Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Programming in May

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Programming in May

CET is excited to bring you a special lineup of programming this May in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Tune in to celebrate stories of history, culture and activism, or stream select programs On Demand with CET Passport. You can learn more about Passport at

Guru Nanak: The Founder of Sikhism – Life and Legacy

Saturday, May 4, at 9pm on CET

Recount the life story of the 15th-century teacher and revolutionary activist from Punjab, India who founded the Sikh faith – the world’s fifth-largest religion. The documentary explores how Guru Nanak’s legacy inspires Sikh Americans today to exercise compassion, take risks, challenge established norms and help others. Watch it now:

Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World’s Fair?

Sunday, May 12, at 1pm on CET

Join Mina Chow as she investigates the controversy surrounding US participation at World’s Fairs for the last 25 years, probing deeply into national identity. The film asks important questions about the country’s role in the world and perceptions of the American image. With our diminished presence at World’s Fairs, have we lost sight of what it means to be American?

Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story

Monday, May 13, at 10pm on CET

Follow late photographer Corky Lee’s quest to document Asian American history, culture and activism. Using his camera as a “weapon against injustice,” his images of Asian American life empowered generations. This intimate portrait reveals the triumphs and tragedies of the man behind the lens. Watch a preview:

Armed with Language

Saturday, May 18, at 8pm on CET

Explore the story of how a little-known military intelligence school in Minnesota played a pivotal role in ending World War II. Primarily recruited from concentration camps on the West Coast, the institution trained more than 6,000 Japanese Americans, or Nisei, to be translators, interrogators and Japanese military specialists. It is said that their efforts “shortened the Pacific War by two years and saved possibly a million American lives.” Watch it now with CET Passport:

Independent Lens: The Donut King

Saturday, May 18, at 9pm on CET

Follow the journey of Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy, who arrived in California in the 1970s and began living his American Dream. Through a mixture of diligence and luck, he built a multi-million dollar fried pastry empire, Christy’s Doughnuts, up and down the West Coast. But a great rise often comes with a great fall. Watch it now with CET / ThinkTV Passport:

American Masters: Waterman – Duke: Ambassador of Aloha

Friday, May 10, at 9pm on ThinkTV16

Discover the inspiring story and considerable impact of five-time Olympic medalist Duke Kahanamoku, narrated by Jason Momoa. He shattered swimming records and globalized surfing while overcoming racism in a lifetime of personal challenges. Watch it now with CET Passport:

Play Like a Lion: The Legacy of Maestro Ali Akbar

Sunday, May 19, at 10pm on ThinkTV14
Saturday, May 25, at 10pm on CET

Travel to India and explore the origins and musical legacy of iconic, multi-Grammy nominated, Indian sarodist Ali Akbar Khan. Told through the eyes of his son Alam, the film features commentaries by Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart, Derek Trucks, John Handy, Khan’s eldest son virtuoso sarodist Aashish Khan and tabla masters Zakir Hussain and Swapan Chaudhuri. Watch it now: