Special Collections

Stories of East and South East Asia

The Stories of East and Southeast Asia collection consists of historical documentary series and programs produced by WGBH producers and independent filmmakers producing for public television. The earliest programs were broadcast in 1970 but the bulk of the collection is from 1989 -2014. These programs allowed American public television viewers - in many cases, for the first time - to explore historical events and see visual images of life in the countries of China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Tibet. The collection includes a wealth of original interviews, outtakes, and archival footage.

Items in the Stories of East and South East Asia collection were digitized and cataloged with funding from the Asia Programs Endowment and National Endowment of the Humanities grants. Over 2,000 items were digitized and cataloged, including 16mm film prints, ¼” audio tapes, Hi 8, BetaSP, ¾”, 1” master, D3, Digibeta, HDCam, DVCPro, and MiniDV. The preservation project included not only the broadcast programs, but also raw interviews, b-roll footage, and archival films, many of which have never been seen before outside their countries of origin.

GBH Archives seeks to both preserve and make these unique materials available to the public, bringing stories that are underrepresented in English-language media to new audiences.

Additional materials related to East and South East Asia that are not available in the Online Reading Room can be accessed on the premises of the Library of Congress and GBH.