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SAN DIEGO’S HISTORIC PLACES: San Diego’s Asian-American History, 1880s-1900s

Airs Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 8 p.m. & Sunday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Historical photo of immigrants working on a celery farm, Chula Vista c. 1920

Poston, Arizona, near the Colorado River, was where many San Diego Japanese A...
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Above: Poston, Arizona, near the Colorado River, was where many San Diego Japanese Americans were interned during World War II.

Model of Chinese fishing huts on San Diego Bay
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Above: Model of Chinese fishing huts on San Diego Bay

SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES is an Emmy-nominated and award-winning documentary series hosted by journalist, Elsa Sevilla. The series explores and details local history dating back to the 16th century and focuses on the various people living in the region. Each episode connects viewers to the area's past as Elsa visits historic sites, archives, museums, cemeteries and parks.

To celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, host Elsa Sevilla, looks into San Diego's history as Chinese and Japanese immigrants arrived in San Diego during the 1880s. Some came to work on the Transcontinental Railroad, the farming fields, fishing and other labor jobs.

At the turn of the 20th Century, Filipino students came to San Diego State University under an education program. Join us for detailed accounts on how San Diego's Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Filipino immigrants moved to the region.

Full episodes of SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES are available for online viewing. Sevilla Productions is on Facebook.

Asian Americans

In this episode we follow the migration of Asian Americans to the San Diego region, and the impact they had in forming the city.

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