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Asian American Life 200s

Ethnicity SeriesAsian American Life
Producer: CUNY-TV
Rights: Unlimited, 1/1/17 to 12/31/18
13 x 30
High Definition

Feeddate/Time:      Wednesdays beginning December 28, 2016 @1100-1130ET/HD04

Free Series

Asian American Life is a prime-time news magazine that addresses topical news, in-depth feature reports and untold stories of the Asian-American diaspora experience to an all-inclusive audience.

Asian American Life is the place where viewers can screen original content, which reflects the diverse Asian American population and languages of its audience.

In addition to broadcast, the program is one of the fastest growing social media platforms.  It reaches the fastest growing demographic in the United States through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Itunes podcast, youtube and

The series also provides a platform for national, local and community leaders to share important issues that shape peoples lives.  We cover stories that help create a better understanding and awareness of the Asian American life, as well as multi-racial Asian Americans from Latin America and the Caribbean..

Since its launch in 2013, Asian American Life has been nominated for two Emmy awards, and has received critical praise on original and groundbreaking stories, ranging from historical events to special profiles of newsmakers and entertainers.  It is the first and only Asian American broadcast news magazine program in the United States.

Asian American Life
is hosted by Ernabel Demillo, former anchor for WNYW Fox 5 morning news.

Episode Descriptions: 

An overview of the New York area’s Asian Americans. It will feature a roundtable discussion with several prominent members of the community: Sayu Bhojwani, New American Leaders Project; Larry Lee, Asian Women’s Center, Vanessa Leung, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families and Kyung Yoon, Korean American Community Foundation. We profile the oldest Asian immigrant enclave in the country, Manhattan’s Chinatown, which will include a visit to the Museum of Chinese in America.

We feature Asian American leaders and trendsetters in the fashion industry and profile designers, social media experts and entrepreneurs who are changing the way we look at fashion.

Profiles of Asian American leaders in the arts & entertainment business, including contemporary artists, musicians, author, playwright, dancer and filmmakers. Guests include: David Henry Hwang, Susan Choi, Xiaochuan Xie.


Asian American Life takes an in-depth look at four topical news issues that impact the Asian American communities in the tri-state (New York) metropolitan area. Another topical story Asian American Life explores is the controversy surrounding CBS host and anchor Julie Chen who had plastic surgery on her eyes earlier in her broadcast journalism career. Correspondent Kyung Yoon takes a closer look at why plastic surgery has become so popular and mainstream in Asia, as well as within our Asian American communities here in New York City.

We profile Asian American leaders nationwide and locally who are making a difference in their communities. The show was filmed at Asia Society Museum’s, Golden Vision of Densatil: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery exhibit of art and sculptures. Asia Society exhibits the world’s finest contemporary and traditional Asian and Asian American Art.

We feature influential Asian Americans with an impact on America. We focus on Assemblyman Ron Kim, the first Korean-American elected to New York State Legislature. Lawyer and Author Helen Wan speaks to Reporter Paul Lin about her new book “The Partner Track” and how Asian American attorneys are breaking through the “Bamboo Ceiling” at corporate law firms.

Jeremy Lin won’t be the only Asian American basketball player in the NBA if Jason Brickman can help it. We get the story from Reporter Paul Lin who visits the record-breaking NCAA point guard. Reporter Barry Mitchell introduces to us a cool and refreshing Bubble Tea hot spot in Brooklyn. Tinabeth Pina reports that Broadway musicals are a hit in Asia. Reporter Kyung Yoon invites us to explore how some Asian American adoptees redefine our perception of identity.

Ernabel Demillo hosts from the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in Staten Island. Topics include: Immigrant housing in Chinatown; Asian-American Mental Health and Depression, CUNY Asian American Film Festival; Geena Rocero, founder of Gender Proud. Reporters: Minnie Roh, Kyung Yoon, and Andrew Falzon.

Asian American Life’s host Ernabel Demillo watches the Origami Holiday Tree unfold at the American Museum of Natural History. Then a closer look at Terracotta Daughters with Reporter Paul Lin. Artist Prune Nourry’s exhibition drawing attention to gender selection is traveling the world and soon will be a documentary. Caring for aging parents is something most adult children worry about, but for Asian Americans cultural obligations exist that can lead to challenges, as Kyung Yoon reports.

Did you know the first Chinese immigrants arrived in the US at the same time as the first Irish? It’s part of the Chinese American experience chronicled and explored by host Ernabel Demillo at the New York Historical Society’s exhibit “Chinese American Exclusion/Inclusion.” Got the winter blues? Try therapeutic massage treatments as an alternative cure for winter illnesses, as Minnie Roh reports. For the first time, we’re seeing more Asian Americans in positions of power in New York government thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s cabinet appointments. Reporter Paul Lin caught up with two of the commissioners.

Paul Lin meets the owner of the oldest and largest Chinese department store, the Pearl River Mart, right in New York city. A Chinatown button shop offers more than meets the eye. It’s also an underground art scene. Host Ernabel Demillo has the scoop. She’s called the “Mother Teresa of Human and Civil Rights” – Yuri Kochiyama passed away last June at age 93.

Asian American Life examines health and wellness in the Asian American community that you may not know about. Reporter Paul Lin talks with women who have recovered from eating disorders. Mike Gilliam reports on the rise of diabetes among South Asians, and Minnie Roh explores the healing powers of Art Therapy. Host Ernabel Demillo follows one man’s inspirational journey with M.S. who’s making a difference.

“Fresh Off The Boat” is a historic sitcom on ABC prime time television. Ernabel Demillo sits down with lead actor, Hudson Yang. Imagine an opera based on the “Silence of the Lamb” serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Correspondent Paul Lin meets the composer of One World Symphony who turns pop culture into performing arts. Correspondent Minnie Roh teams up with writers Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk) and Amy Chu (Wonder Woman) to talk about the rise of Asian American writers and illustrators in the comic book and superhero industry.

I’ll Have It My Way with Hattie Bryant

I'll Have It My Way with Hattie Bryant

“The medicalization of American life from birth to death is killing our souls.”

– Hattie Bryant

As much as we all want to believe we can live forever, we all know deep down that it simply can’t be true.

From this program viewers learn that there are things each of us can do to live fully, all the way to the end. Anyone who is willing to take four simple steps now, while healthy, can minimize if not avoid entirely, the pain, suffering, confusion and disagreements that can arise when end-of-life healthcare wishes are not clearly spelled out.

Americans need this information because 70% say they want to die peacefully surrounded by friends and family … while actually 70% are dying in institutions surrounded by strangers.

Few people choose to contemplate critical illness or the inevitability of death until their time comes. Because possibilities are rarely discussed, many people are unprepared or unable to make critical end-of-life decisions and spend their last days in over-medicalized and unnecessarily painful and protracted situations.

Breaking through the taboo of discussing death, Hattie Bryant shows that we have choices.

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Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? with Mark Hyman, MD

Dr. Mark Hyman

Did you know that oatmeal actually isn’t a healthy way to start the day? That milk doesn’t build bones, and eggs aren’t the devil? In Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, Dr. Mark Hyman looks at every food group and explains what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health and which pose a threat. He also explains food’s crucial role in functional medicine and how food systems and policies affect our environmental and personal health.
With myth-busting insights, easy-to-understand science, and delicious, wholesome recipes, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? is a no-nonsense guide to achieving optimal weight and lifelong health.

Eating real food doesn’t have to be complicated. Dr. Hyman is going to show us the principles of healthy eating by walking through each of the major food catefories – from meats to beverages and everything in between. Dr. Hyman tells the viewer exactly what foods to focus on and what to avoid. He will provide easy steps to get started, taking out all of the guess work of putting together meals. As a bonus, Dr. Hyman will also explain how food is one of the greatest contributors to global warming and pollution, then he will show us what foods will take less of a toll on our environment and our health.

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