Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month - During Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, communities commemorate the achievements and contributions of people who are Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) with community festivals, government-sponsored activities and educational activities for students.

UEN-TV Programing | Skindigenous | Resources

UEN-TV Highlights 2022 May Programming

NHK World-Japan TV
Watch NHK World Japan locally on UEN-TV 9.4 or Comcast 389 for the latest news from Japan and Asia, covering politics, economy, technology, culture and more. NHK World-Japan TV is free and available throughout Utah.
Pacific Heartbeat Season 11
Running the gamut from enlightening documentaries to musical showcases, the anthology series PACIFIC HEARTBEAT draws viewers into the heart, mind and soul of Pacific Island culture.

View on UEN 9.1 Wednesdays at 9 p.m. beginning May 4

Mosque Attack - A Survivor’s Story
The incredible story of Temel Atacougu, who was shot nine times in the New Zealand Friday prayer mosque attacks on March 15, 2019 but manage to survive and recover from both physical and the mental traumas. A film crew followed as he and his community recovered, ultimately reuniting at the Al Noor mosque for an emotional observance of the first anniversary of the attack.

View on UEN 9.1 Thursday, May 5 at 9 p.m.

Fujiyama’ Taiju’s Tzuma Challenge: The Revival of Japan’s Traditional Magic
Tezuma is an ancient form of magic unique to Japan that uses tools and movements not seen in Western magic. Some of the captivating performances embody a Japanese outlook on life. Fujiyama Taiju is one of the rare young successors of the art and has an impressive track record of becoming number one in Asia in an international magic competition. His wish is to show the entire world traditional tezuma magic. In order to revive tezuma, which took a backseat to Western magic after WWII, Fujiyama will be bringing back a long-lost performance. Come join us as we follow his challenge up the premiere.

View on UEN 9.1 Friday, May 13 at 9:10 p.m.

Shinmachi: Stronger Than a Tsunami
An hour-long documentary that shares the resilience of a unique Japanese community in Hilo, Hawaii. Their stories bring to life the once-thriving small business district founded by Japanese immigrant plantation laborers who made the bold decision to establish their economic independence from the sugar industry.

View on UEN 9.1 Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 p.m.

Betrayed: Surviving an American Concentration Camp
The story of a group of Japanese Americans and their incarceration by the U.S. government during World War II. It also explores the long-term effects of this incarceration and the phenomenon of intergenerational trauma. More than 40 camp survivors and descendants bring an unparalleled immediacy and urgency to the story.

View on UEN 9.1 Saturday, May 14 at 9:00 p.m.

Sakura and Pearls: Healing from World War II
Japanese Survivors of the Atomic Bomb meet American Survivors of Pearl Harbor. This exchange between former enemies is meant to spark dialogue among about how we can resolve conflict without repeating the painful experiences of our ancestors.

View on UEN 9.1 Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Isamu Nogucji’s Memorials to the Atomic Dead
Isamu Noguchi is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest sculptors. With a Japanese father and an American mother, he felt inspired to create a cenotaph in memory of the atomic bomb victims after World War II. The proposed site was in Hiroshima, but the design was rejected, allegedly because of his American nationality. This year, materials from the cenotaph project are featuring a retrospective of Noguchi’s work across Europe, creating opportunities to ponder the meaning of peace in a time of division and conflict. The program includes newly released audio recordings of Noguchi and perspectives on his struggles to serve as a bridge between the two countries.

View on UEN 9.1 Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Ka Hana Kapa
Ka Hana Kapa documents the history of kapa in Hawai'i and follows the complex process of Hawaiian kapa making from start to finish. Hawaiian kapa is one of the most beautiful art forms in the Pacific. In ancient Hawai'i, kapa, or bark cloth made from the wauke plant (Broussonetia papyrifera), was used for clothing, bedding, the wrapping of precious iwi (ancestor's bones), important ceremonies, and a myriad of other purposes, making it an integral part of everyday life in Hawaiian society.

View on UEN 9.1 Wednesday, May 25 at 8:00 p.m.

Cooking Hawaiian Style
Cooking Hawaiian Style continues to be a gathering place that celebrates the richness of Hawaii's culinary culture featuring Hawaiian and Hawaiian-style recipes from all ethnicities. Our cooking show features local Hawaii Chefs, Celebrities & Musicians cooking local comfort foods and Hawaiian-Style favorites.

View on FNX 9.3 Sundays, Tuesday & Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

Waabiny Time
Waabiny Time means "playing time" in Noongar and is a landmark in Australian TV; a kids' variety program that uses Noongar Language. Presenters Kylie Farmer and Lee West take children from the ages of three to six on an educational and entertaining adventure, guiding our young viewers through 21 half-hour episodes of stories, songs and activities, that are authentically Indigenous and encourage participation.

View on FNX 9.3 Weekdays at 8:30 a.m.

Irezumi, The Japanese Art of Tattooing
A journey to the land of the rising sun to discover a fascinating ancient culture: the tattoo. Getting a tattoo can take months even years depending on the tattoo desired. This traditional technique is very painful. The designs printed on the body are symbols of strength and courage. This art is the exclusivity of few masters who perpetuate a tradition of excellence. Master Nakamura is one of the last tattoo artists in Japan using the brush technique and the legendary master Horriochi III known worldwide. We also show the production of the special ink 'Izumi' used to create masterpieces on the human body. The only plant manufacturing this natural based ink with the same technique for over 200 years.

View on FNX 9.3 Monday, May 23 @ 5:00 p.m.


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2020 recording of DSU Virtual Screening of Skindigenous New Zealand episode 7 from Season 2

DSU & UEN hosted Julie Paama-Pengelly over Zoom for a discussion that streamed live and was recorded November 2020. Julie Paama-Pengelly is a veteran in the revitalization of tā moko Māori tattooing; over time, many misconceptions have surfaced about who has the right to wear and practice tā moko.

Other Skindigenous Episode

  • New Zealand - Gordon Toi
    Saturday, May 7 @ 7:30 pm on FNX 9.3
    In the twentieth century, the Maori of New Zealand all but lost their tattooing tradition.

  • Elle Festin
    Saturday, May 21 @ 7:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Elle Festin specializes in Filipino tribal designs. More than twenty years ago, he started to research on this tattoo culture because nothing was available is the US. More and more Filipinos around the world where interested in those designs and this started the Mark of the Four Waves Tribe.

  • Turumakina Duley
    Saturday, May 28 @ 7:00 p, on UEN-TV 9.1
    Based in Australia, Turumakina has been part of the Maori ta moko for 26 years now and known for doing face tattoos. The tattoo couple has adopted a holistic approach of tattooing and Tu uses these sacred skin markings as a tool for healing the body, mind and spirit.



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Anti-Defamation LeagueAsian/Pacific American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.
Anti-Defamation LeagueAsian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Resources
A list of K-12 curriculum and other resources from the Anti-Defamation League to bring Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month to your classrooms.
Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE)
In 2014, CAPE launched the #IAM Campaign to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) and to share these inspiring stories.
Department of Defense Education ActivityDepartment of Defense Education Activity
The observance of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is an occasion to remember the patriotism of AAPIs who have served, or are currently serving, in the Department of Defense (DOD), our nation and, specifically, here at the DoD Education Activity (DoDEA).
Learning for JusticeLearning for Justice
Free resources to educators, administrators, counselors and other practitioners who work with children from kindergarten through high school.
National Park ServiceNational Park Service
Every May during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share those histories and the continuing culture thriving in parks and communities today.
Pacific Islanders in CommunicationsPacific Islanders in Communication
Bring Pacific Islander culture into the classroom are with these teaching aids. Lesson plans are designed for a range of ages and grade levels.
PBS CollectionPBS Collection
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May and every day with a special PBS collection of stories that explores the history, traditions and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
PBS Collection22 Stellar Reads for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
These titles, which include YA and middle grade fiction, picture books, and nonfiction, are perfect to recommend to readers both this month and year-round.


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