Program
Starting Over in America
Producing Organization
KERA
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/526-d795718t0g
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Description
Episode Description
"All across the United States, refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are struggling to rebuild their shattered lives. Their story is a vivid legacy of America's war in Southeast Asia and the latest chapter in the history of this nation of immigrants."'Starting Over in America,' a one-hour documentary broadcast on public television in Texas, paints a wide ranging picture of the hardships and challenges the refugees face: the tremendous adjustment from their homeland to inner city East Dallas, the tension between different minority groups in coping with poverty and crime, and the battle to feed refugee children. "Along with other Asians, this group is often stereotyped as the 'model minority'--with news accounts of their success in business and school. While many have done well, we wanted to show another side of the refugees' story and another side of Dallas, exposing the poverty and discrimination with which many must content. "After the broadcast, individuals and organizations mobilized to provide the refugees with food, clothes and jobs. They also protested the violation of civil rights documented in the program, leading to the transfer and demotion of the principal responsible for Asian students being denied lunch tickets. The program is now used as an educational tool by local colleges and refugee agencies. "We believe 'Starting Over in America' merits Peabody consideration for the following reasons: 1) By examining the resurgence of racism and violence, the program underscores the need for racial tolerance and understanding. 2) The program gives insight into the lives of a people whose recent history is intertwined with U.S. foreign policy. By helping the viewer understand not only the nightmare of their past, but their pride in their culture, the program promotes the values of cultural pluralism. 3) Finally, through heartbreaking and inspirational stories, 'Starting Over in America' tells of the will to survive and overcome, affirming the strength and resiliency of the human spirit."--1986 Peabody Awards entry form.
Episode Description
This item is part of the Southeast Asian Americans section of the AAPI special collection.
Broadcast Date
1986-03-19
Media type
Moving Image
Credits
Producing Organization: KERA
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: 86098dct-arch (Peabody Archive Object ID)
Format: U-matic
Duration: 0:58:53
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Citations
Chicago: “Starting Over in America,” 1986-03-19, 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 October 2, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-d795718t0g.
MLA: “Starting Over in America.” 1986-03-19. 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. October 2, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-d795718t0g>.
APA: Starting Over 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-d795718t0g