The following is a list of videos of shows shown on PBS television concerning Chinese American History. For details on how to purchase, please click here.


Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided, while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate and personal lives, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played in shaping the nation’s story.

We’re pleased to present over thirty lesson plans based on the Asian American series. You’ll find this collection to include the stories behind the Chinese Exclusion Act, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, Southeast Asian refugees after the Vietnam War, Filipino American Farmworkers, the fight for civil rights and much more.

Teachers may utilize these lesson plans which are drawn from the series to explore the ways that Asian Americans have shaped our nation’s history.

Waves of Immigrants: The Asian American Journey

Anti-Chinese Movement of the 1800s | PBS LearningMedia

Solidarity against the Pandemic of Anti-Asian Hate | PBS LearningMedia

American Experience: The Chinese Exclusion Act DVD