ABC News’ groundbreaking “Soul of a Nation” returns with a special presentation, “Together As One: Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage,” the network’s first-ever primetime program celebrating the diversity and recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of the vibrant Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community.
The primetime presentation, hosted by actor, New York Times bestselling author and social justice activist George Takei, underscores the strength, beauty and resilience of the AANHPI community against a backdrop of ongoing hate attacks and a history of exclusion, marginalization and invisibility.
Viewers will hear from AANHPI luminaries themselves, like pioneering stand-up comedian and actress Margaret Cho, who’ll share an original monologue; groundbreaking directors Daniel Kwan (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) and Jon M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”); and trailblazing actors such as the legendary James Hong and Gedde Watanabe (“Sixteen Candles,” “Mulan” films), Emmy®-winning TV host Carrie Ann Inaba (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Austin Powers in Gold Member”), actress Tiya Sircar (“The Good Place”) and many more.
Featuring compelling reporting from Emmy Award-winning “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang, “Good Morning America Weekend” co-anchor and correspondent Eva Pilgrim, “Nightline” multiplatform reporter Ashan Singh, and KITV 4 anchor Lei U’i Kaholokula, the program explores wide-ranging themes, including conquering hate through education, history and activism; shattering dangerous stereotypes perpetuated by Hollywood; amplifying the voices and concerns of AANHPI women; recognizing Native Hawaiians; and celebrating the power allyship has to unite us all.
“Together As One: Celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage — A Soul of a Nation Presentation” airs Friday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.