Program
Made in America
Producing Organization
KUHT-TV (Television station : Houston, Tex.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-0z70v8bh33
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Description
Program Description
This item is part of the Southeast Asian Americans section of the AAPI special collection.
Program Description
"Since the 1975 capitulation of Saigon, more than 60 thousand southeast Asian refugees have settled in the Houston-Gulf Coast area of Texas. This program is a progress report on their assimilation and contains elements of sacrifice, success and setbacks. "The American work ethic, which has led to business and academic achievement for many of the newcomers, has not necessarily met with the approval of established residents in receiving communities. There is also strife within the subculture caused by Asian gangs which prey on their own people with impunity. The oriental culture distrusts police and is reluctant to report crime. To be a victim is to lose face and dishonor the family. "MADE IN AMERICA is also a tragic story of fractured families dreaming of reunification. Despite the accumulation of material wealth and outward assimilation, not too far beneath the surface is the grieving of people mourning a lost culture and dashed dreams. This program is an elegy and a requiem to their sorrow. "In the larger scene, MADE IN AMERICA is a metaphor for the history of our nation as immigrants learn to live with regrets and look to the next generation for realization and renewal of hope. "Some representative individuals appearing in the program are: Pauline Van Tho, former Senator in the South Vietnam legislature, now head of Houston Catholic Charities; Texas Congressman Jack Fields; Efraim Martinez, U.S. Justice Department."--1988 Peabody Awards entry form. This documentary explores the lives of many resettled refugees in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas. We follow refugees who have achieved their version of the American Dream, refugees who have slipped through the cracks and joined gangs, and those who are separated from their Vietnamese families completely. Hate crimes against the refugees are detailed and both the victims and perpetrators are interviewed. Refugees share their goals for their futures and describe what it is like assimilating to life in America.
Broadcast Date
1988
Created Date
1988
Asset type
Program
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:58:40.350
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Credits
Producing Organization: KUHT-TV (Television station : Houston, Tex.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-9a9a5d1b178 (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Duration: 0:57:40
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Citations
Chicago: “Made in America,” 1988, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 27, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-0z70v8bh33.
MLA: “Made in America.” 1988. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 27, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-0z70v8bh33>.
APA: Made in America. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-0z70v8bh33