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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 27, 2003

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

Tonight's Must-See

"Becoming American: The Chinese Experience," conclusion, 7:30 p.m., PBS. There is a stereotype about Chinese-American students, host Bill Moyers says. They are supposed to be smarter, more focused and more intense. Unlike many stereotypes, Moyers says, this one is often true. When Chinese-Americans get together, he is told, they don't boast about themselves. They talk about their kids. Jean Tang, a Stanford Medical School student, recalls the day she brought home a 'B.' Her mother burst into tears. Moyers' report ranges from the designer of the Vietnam War memorial to a founder of the Yahoo Web site. All found success in a land that once banned their ancestors.

Of Note

Basketball, 2 to 7 p.m., CBS or ESPN. The third round of the NCAA tournament begins and it's now down to the sweet 16. By Sunday night the tourney will have its final four.

"Stepmom" (1998), 3 p.m., TBS. Before directing the "Harry Potter" films, Chris Columbus directed some gifted actors in this film with a so-so drama story. Julia Roberts plays Ed Harris' new wife, struggling to bond with his children and match the maternal passion of his ex-wife (Susan Sarandon).

"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993), 6 p.m., ABC Family. Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio drew praise for their work here. Depp plays a loner whose brother (DiCaprio) is retarded.

"The Siege," 9 p.m., USA Network. This may be an ideal time for a movie that asks what can happen if terrorism leads to a suspension of civil liberties. Bruce Willis plays the general who sometimes clashes with Denzel Washington and Annette Bening.

"On the Spot," 9:30 p.m., WB. In last week's premiere, a young man suddenly found himself running a strange hotel. Tonight he tries filming a commercial. With its semi-improvised approach, this comedy series is erratic but fun.