Bay Area Revelations: Asian American Pioneers (Full Episode)

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In this installment of our Emmy-award winning documentary series, Bay Area Revelations, we profile how the people of Asia profoundly shaped the modern Bay Area.

The very first asian immigrant arrived to the Bay Area before the Gold Rush and settled in San Francisco's Chinatown. The people of Asia have been excluded, imprisoned and vilified. Yet, they fought for their right to stay and work here. And, because of that, Asian Americans have made a big impact in Bay Area politics, arts, philanthropy and, of course, cuisine.

Our interviews include former Congressman Mike Honda, a survivor of internment camps; Vivek Ranadivé, the first Indian-American to own an NBA team; the Filipino entrepreneur who made personal computers possible; and the family who opened up the very first Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco.

An encore presentation of this episode will air on broadcast television on May 1, 2021 on NBC Bay Area.

Bakery CEO Andrew Ly once jumped into a competitor's dumpster to find ways to improve his shop's croissants.
In 1984, five brothers pooled together $40,000 to purchase a small neighborhood coffee shop in San Francisco. Today, Sugar Bowl Bakery is one off the largest food manufacturers in the Bay Area.
Chef Helene An, also known as "Mama An," cooks her popular "Shaken Beef" dish at Thanh Long, one of the oldest Vietnamese restaurants in San Francisco. Check out the recipe.
Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong met at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco. They were inspired by the famous sculptor, Ruth Asawa. Check out their story and where you can find their murals around the city.
Hakone Gardens in Saratoga is a national treasure. It is one of the oldest Japanese gardens in the nation. Meet the gardener behind Hakone.
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