2022 Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month TV & Streaming Calendar

New films and TV shows, documentaries, and collections of titles celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander creators, actors, and culture in May 2022.

by | April 29, 2022 | Comments


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May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, which means TV networks and streaming services are celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander voices with some great programming. There are new shows delving into the history of the Asian and Pacific Islander community. Even more simply feature Asian and Pacific Islander stars and creators, representing all the many aspects of their history and culture including modern day.

When it comes to streaming services, many of these shows and movies are available year round. May is still a great time to explore the Asian/Pacific American hubs on Netflix, HBO Max, Peacock or Hulu. Some of those hubs focus on talent including Jackie Chan, Dwayne Johnson, James Wan, Akira Kurosawa, and Justin Lin movies plus anime and Godzilla classics.

Here’s Rotten Tomatoes’ guide to Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on television, including highlights from the perennial streaming hubs. We’ll update throughout May as more titles are added.

Streaming Now

Ali Wong: Baby Cobra – Netflix

Bestseller – Prime

Bittu – HBO Max [Short Film]
BlackPINK House – Freevee

Coffee Shop Names – HBO Max [Short Film]

Debug – Prime [Movie]
Defining Moments with OZY – Hulu

Family Style – HBO Max

Familyhood – Freevee [Movie]

Gangsta – Hulu

House of Ho – HBO Max

Jo Koy: Comin’ In Hot – Netflix
Jo Koy: Live From Seattle – Netflix

The Legend of the Blue Sea – Hulu
The Legend of Dugu – Freevee

Lost and Love – Freevee, Tubi [Movie]
The Lost Tomb – Freevee

Margaret Cho: Psycho – Peacock

The Mehdi Hasan Show – Peacock

Namoo – HBO Max [Movie]

On the Job – HBO Max

Rose Matafeo: Horn Dog – HBO Max

Si – HBO Max [Movie]
Single Parents – Hulu

Sorry I Love You – Freevee [Movie]

Story of Yanxi Palace – Freevee, Tubi

Unmothered – HBO Max [Movie]

The World Between Us – HBO Max

Yu-Gi-Oh – Hulu

May 1

A Dream in Doubt – PBS App – A documentary on Sikh Americans facing hate crimes in Phoenix, AZ.

Food Party – AMC+

Growing Up Smith – AMC+[Movie]

Lee Chan’s World Food Tour – Journy
Luke Nguyen’s Railway Vietnam – Journy

My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita – Journy
No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain – Journy

Pacific Heartbeat: Season 11 – PBS App

Shinmachi: Stronger Than a Tsunami – PBS App – Octogenarians discuss establishing the Shinmachi village in what is now Hilo, Hawaii.

Travel Guides New Zealand – Journy
True Terror with George Takei – AMC+

Welcome to Railworld Japan with Henry Golding – Journy

May 2
Betrayed: Surviving an American Concentration Camp – PBS App – A documentary featuring survivors of Minidoka, the Japanese internment camp in Idaho.

May 3
Asian American Stories of Resilience & Beyond – WORLD YouTube Channel, PBS Passport and App – 7 documentary short films by Asian-American filmmakers premiere weekly in May.

May 10

May 20

HBO Max’s Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition – HBO Max

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