It’s a special episode to kick off our 6th year of the podcast! We get an extensive overview of the new PBS documentary series “Asian Americans” from showrunner and senior producer Renee Tajima-Peña, as well as a look at the unique curriculum created for the series with educator Nick Yeh. (Intro: Welcome to Los Angeles)
RENEE TAJIMA-PEÑA is an American filmmaker whose work focuses on immigrant communities, race, gender and social justice. Her directing and producing credits include the documentaries Who Killed Vincent Chin?, No Más Bebés, My America…or Honk if You Love Buddha, Calavera Highway, Skate Manzanar, and Labor Women.
NICK YEH is currently an educator working for the Cambridge Public School District in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His specialty is in high school history, with a focus on world history, but has spent time teaching US History as well. He has also worked with elementary students as a librarian as well as a summer camp counselor/coach in the past. Nick is also passionate about technical theater and often freelances as a designer/technician for schools in his area, providing support in most lighting and sound needs. He is also one of the coaches for the district’s high school Model UN team. Aside from teaching, Nick is very active in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, specifically with a chapter at Tufts University.