Searching for Asian America

Searching for Asian America Photo
Photo courtesy of the Center for Asian American Media

Genre: Documentary
Ethnicity: General Asian American, Chinese American, Filipino American,
Korean American
Themes: Culture, Cultural Encounter & Misunderstanding, History,
Identity/Representation, Immigrant/Refugee Experience/Diaspora,
Individual Profiles & Personal Stories, Political/Legal Issues, Youth
Date: 2003
Running Time: 90 min. (3 30-minute episodes)
Directors: Sapana Sakya, Donald Young, Kyung Yu
Producer: Donald Young
Availability: Center for Asian American Media (formerly NAATA)
College/Institution: DVD $250 Purchase/$75 Rental
K-12/Public Library/Community Group: DVD $125 Purchase/$45 Rental
Searching for Asian America profiles the lives and experiences of three Asian Americans:
  • Gary Locke, who became the first Asian American governor in the U.S. when he was elected governor of Washington in 1996;
  • Martin Bautista and Jeffrey Lim, two Filipino immigrant doctors living in rural Oklahoma; and
  • Lela Lee, a Korean American actress and creator of the "Angry Little Girls!" comic strip and website.
See also:

Schieb, Ronnie, "Searching for Asian America," N.Y. Asian. July 29, 2003.

Supplementary Material
Searching for Asian America, Public Broadcasting System
Includes short biographies of each showcased individual, photos, additional profiles of Asian Americans, a quiz, and more.
Asian American Filmography ExEAS