What to Watch: 2016 Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Edition

Shu Qi in "The Assassin," one of the many films available on XFINITY for APA Heritage Month! (Photo credit: SpotFilms)
Shu Qi in “The Assassin,” one of the many films available on XFINITY for APA Heritage Month! (Photo credit: SpotFilms)

May is APA Heritage Month, and to celebrate, XFINITY brings you diverse programming all month long!

Don’t know where to start? Well, first thing’s first: are you caught up with all your television shows starring Asian and Asian-American leads? If not, series including Quantico,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Walking Dead,” “Scorpion,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Elementary” and “Homeland” are all available for viewing with XFINITY on Demand. Binge-watch away!

In the Mood for Action? 

Twenty-five of your favorite action flicks, new and old, will be available via Well Go USA Entertainment, from the classic Donnie Yen film “Ip Man 3 to the more artsy Hou Hsiao-Hsien award winner, “The Assassin,” starring Shu Qi.

HI-YAH! titles include The New World,” “The Thieves,” “A Simple Life,” and “Painted Skin: The Resurrection,” the 2012 Chinese blockbuster starring Zhou Xun and Zhao Wei.

Paying Respect to Asian-American Pioneers

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) brings us important Asian-American independent films, including “Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice” by Rea Tajiri, the 1993 documentary chronicling the late political activist who fought for social change for over 40 years.

Other CAAM titles include Am I American?” by Anna Oh, “American Arab by Usama Ulshaibi, “Flip Flops by Haolu Wang, “Someone Else by Nelson Kim and Off the Menu: Asian America by Grace Lee, a food documentary which will be sure to get your mouth watering.


The Next Generation of Talent

YOMYOMF, short for You Offend Me You Offend My Family, first launched Interpretations, their short film initiative, in 2010 when founder Justin Lin encouraged filmmakers to interpret four lines of dialogue to tell a story in a unique, creative way. Just this March, Lin and his team announced the return of the contest, Interpretations 2.0. This time, playwright David Henry Hwang penned the four lines, and aspiring filmmakers have until June 17, 2016, to submit their films.

In the meantime, for the month of May, watch a collection of the best submissions from the first time around—whether for fun or for inspiration as you’re writing, shooting and editing your own short films!

Bollywood Drama

Want to catch up on some of your favorite Hindi films? Look no further than Eros Now, the popular on-demand portal for all your Indian viewing needs. One recommendation from XFINITY Asia is the film “Lootera,” starring Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh. The 2013 slow-burning historical romance is a unique film for Bollywood. Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, “Lootera” tells the story of star-crossed lovers inspired by O. Henry’s 1907 short story “The Last Leaf,” and it earned critical acclaim for the lead performances.

Other Eros Now offerings include Grand Masti,” “Singham Returns,” “Shootout at Wadala and Raanjhanaa.”

The Best in Asian Music

Or perhaps you just want to lose yourself in a good song. Filipino On Demand will have four concerts available — featuring singers including Rachelle Ann Go, The Voice Kids, Jay-R and Calla Lilly—while TV K-Pop will have a selection of 15 K-pop music videos for all your dance party needs.

And More!

If that weren’t enough, TV JAPAN brings you a collection of Japanese television shows and films from May 16 to 31 (in areas where TV JAPAN is available). GMA Pinoy TV will also have five trivia-pack features and a miniseries of historical titles that will be available May 2-31 to help promote the upcoming presidential election in the Philippines. And Myx TV is providing an On Demand offer on XFINITY, with series like “The Doll Life” and “Call to Cosplay” available for viewing.

Programming will be available in the “Multicultural” section on XFINITY On Demand, under Asian Heritage Month or Asian American Heritage Month for X1 users. Select content will also be available on mobile devices via the XFINITY TV Go website and app.

Join XFINITY in celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage all month long!


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