This is Asian America?
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By Sophia Ng
I had first come across the PBS television show, “Asian America,” while scrolling down my television guide one rainy afternoon. The title struck me with delight—a show highlighting Asian Americans on television? Cool! Despite the second of apprehension that my hopes and dreams would shatter (after all, I had once watched “Hong Kong Phooey” on “Boomerang” with the pretense that it actually had something to do with Hong Kong), I entered slight relief through the show’s opening credits.
The opening credits of “Asian America” were reminiscent of Eyewitness Science tape openings that I had watched in elementary school. Words scrolled in and out of the screen, mute clips dashed through the frame, and wordless orchestral music added pizazz to the images. As the clips flashed before my eyes, I grew uneasy: I did not know any of the arguably well-known and recognized Asian Americans that were highlighted in the show’s opening credits. Well, I recognized Jackie Chan, former New York State Governor George Pataki, and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani, but still, that was not enough! I am Asian American—shouldn’t I know these people?