A+E Networks has commissioned three short-form pieces as part of its ‘Voices Magnified’ strand in response to the rising spate of anti-Asian hate crimes since the onset of the pandemic.
The news comes just a few days after eight women, six being Asian American, were killed in a series of mass shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors.
Slated to begin airing in April through to May in alignment with Asian Pacific Heritage Month, the ‘Voices Magnified’ pieces will focus on individuals in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and their contributions to the history, culture and achievements in the U.S.
Subjects include: Mitchell Maki and the Going for Broke National Education Center, which educates the public on Japanese American veterans of World War II and their contributions to U.S. history; Anh Vu Sawyer, executive director of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, who provides assistance to Southeast Asian refugees, immigrants and low-income families; and Tessa Xuan, chair of the Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership, who has been combating anti-Asian hate during the pandemic.
‘Voices Magnified’ is part of A+E Networks’ commitment to social justice initiatives and diverse storytellers, from the Shining a Light campaign focusing on race in America in the aftermath of the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, to Divided States, a documentary focusing on ending hate in America.
In addition to the short-form content, the mediaco stated it is “standing in solidarity with the AAPI Community” and is also airing a PSA addressing the violence across its portfolio of channels in support of StopAAPIHate.org.
Additional short-form material focused on the Asian American community will run on air or online, centering on individual people who are finding solutions to social justice issues, working to bring communities together, confronting difficult challenges and inspiring change.
Some examples include: Families That Fed America: The Nguyen Family; The Spirit That Built America: Wong Tsu; History Shorts: Chinese New Year in San Francisco; Biography: M. Night Shyamalan; Biography: Awkwafina; Biography: Ken Jeong; Biography You Need To Know: Fazlur Rahman Khan; Biography You Need To Know: Maya Lin.
Watch the PSA below: