‘Crossing East’ to Premiere on Southeast Public Radio


Riveting Series Chronicles Asian Immigration Into America, Documenting Profound Impact

Image of the hosts of Crossing East

“Crossing East” is hosted by George Takei and Margaret Cho and traces Asian immigration and its impact on the course of American history.


May 2, 2006 – Southeast Public Radio announces plans to air “Crossing East,” an eight-part documentary series hosted by George Takei and Margaret Cho that traces Asian immigration into America and its impact on the building of the nation, subsequent generations and global ties.

“Crossing East” will begin airing at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 14, following “Weekend Edition Sunday.”

“‘Crossing East’ is simply extraordinary,” says General Manager Dan Woods. “It’s a powerful series to present during Asian Pacific Heritage Month, but I’m confident that our listeners will be moved and informed by it well beyond the national observance. I’m delighted to make ‘Crossing East’ available in our market.”

Executive Producer Dmae Roberts adds, “This is the culmination of two years of research and production, as well as my long-time dream to provide public radio with its first series on Asian American history. As Margaret Cho said to me, ‘This is our Eyes on the Prize’.”

“Crossing East,” the first radio series on Asian American history, takes an expansive look at the history of Asian immigration into the United States, from pre-nationhood to post-9/11. Though now the fastest growing minority, Asians are still often viewed as perpetual foreigners, and their history has been largely untold. “Crossing East” shares this rich history, relying on scholarly research, archival recordings and oral histories. Each hour features four to five pan-Asian stories, illuminating the diversity of Asian American history. The programs incorporate literature and historical documents read by professional actors, as well as original music by Asian American artists from around the country. Roberts and her staff brought in new Asian American producers and worked with many veterans of public radio to create “Crossing East.”

“Crossing East” is produced by Dmae Roberts and MediaRites Productions, and is distributed in the United States by Public Radio International. Major funding for “Crossing East” comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional support is from the Portland Chinese Classical Garden.

KRCU 90.9 FM is an affiliate of both Public Radio International and American Public Media. Southeast Public Radio is celebrating 15 years as a National Public Radio member station. The station is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information can found at http://www.southeastpublicradio.org.