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Documentaries at the Asian Pacific Resource Center

Documentaries can illuminate lives and complex events that shape our world. These are only a sampling of DVDs from the Asian Pacific Resource Center.

List created by the Linda Fernandes, Asian Pacific Resource Center Librarian (April 2015).

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To You Sweetheart Aloha

The Story of ukulele master Bill Tapia.

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The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

Filmed for over 23 years --the story of a family from Laos who immigrates to the United States in the the aftermath of the U.S. secret war in Laos.

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Rabbit in the Moon

Examines the lasting effects of the internment on the Japanese American communities and the issues that created divisions within the community.

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Carved in Silence

Story of the exclusion era and Angel Island.

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Daniel K. Inouye: An American Story

Biography of the Japanese American U.S Senator from Hawaii who was in office from 1963-2012.

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Little Manila

In the 1930's Stockton's Little Manila had the largest population of Filipinos outside of the Philippines.

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Stand Up for Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story

A docu-drama about Ralph Lazo, a 17-year-old Mexican American student, who in an act of friendship, joined his Japanese American friends in confinement at Manzanar.

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Wet Sand: Voices from L.A.

Korean American perspective on the LA Riots of 1992.

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Act of War: The overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation

Examines the events surrounding the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy.

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Textured Lives: Stories from the Plantations of Hawaii

A collection of stories of the early Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.

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Korean American history from 1903 when 7,000 Koreans immigrated to Hawaii to work the sugar plantations to the new wave of immigration in the 1960's.

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Vietnamese Americans: The New Generation

Interviews with first- and second- generation Vietnamese Americans.

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Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story

Fred Korematsu was arrested and convicted for failing to obey Executive order 9066 which sent 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry into internment camps. He fought that decision and his conviction was overturned 40 years later.

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The History of the Sons of Hawaii

Explores 40 years of Hawaii's rich musical tradition and that of the popular band Sons of Hawaii.

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Bittersweet Roots: The Chinese in California's Heartland

The Chinese have lived in the California Delta for 100 years transforming what was once swampland into a rich agricultural region.

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442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity

Testimonies from veterans of the 442nd regimental combat team -- American soldiers of Japanese ancestry - who fought during WW II.

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Separate Lives, Broken Dreams

The Chinese Exclusion Act and the impact it had on families for generations.