The four films in “Japanese America Lives,” a documentary series celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, have something in common beyond the fact that they are well made and tell compelling stories. Each one serves as eloquent testimony to the unbreakable bonds between Americans of Japanese descent and their ancestral homeland.
The films, presented by the Center for Asian American Media, air at odd times and out of order on KQED but are worth seeking out – even, it has to be said, if you’re not Japanese or even Asian American. These four films are exquisite stories of survival, pride and love.
Click here to continue reading the San Francisco Chronicle‘s extensive review of the films in “Japanese American Lives,” a documentary series airing during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Don’t Lose Your Soul, Honor & Sacrifice, 6 p.m. Saturday (May 17); Stories From Tohoku, 11 p.m. Tuesday; Mrs. Judo, 11 p.m. May 28 on KQED. Check your local PBS listing for air times.
Main image: Asian American jazz artists Anthony Brown (left) with Mark Izu in Don’t Lose Your Soul by Jim Choi and Chihiro Wimbush.