"Faces of America" Series

The Faces of America Series
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern time on PBS.

"The Promise of America" (2/10/2010) - Explores the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with her new immigrants in the 20th century.

World war tore apart families and sundered the fabric of many lives, but America beckoned and millions came. America was an ambivalent host, however. At its best, it was a place of refuge and salvation, as it was for film director Mike Nichols whose entire family escaped Nazi Germany. At its worst, it was a country that would imprison two generations of Japanese Americans, including the forebears of Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi. Some scenes were filmed at Poston with Kristi's parents.
Viewers will discover the buoyant American optimism that shaped chance -- as in a single encounter that changed cellist Yo-Yo Ma's life forever -- to pave the road to success.

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