Asian-American struggles to know mother

Nominated for a 2003 Academy Award for Best Documentary, "Daughter from Danang" on "American Experience" (8 p.m., PBS) chronicles the painful reunion between a Vietnamese mother and her Asian-American daughter, Heidi, who were separated since 1975. Raised in Pulaski, Tenn., since infancy, Heidi considers herself completely American and speaks no Vietnamese. After the initial euphoria of reunion, Heidi begins to feel smothered by her mother and her family's affections, a feeling that makes Heidi feel guilty and more estranged than before. She soon learns that the divisions caused by war and decades of silence call for more than kind gestures and good will.

Jesse L. Martin ("Law & Order") is host of "Art Crimes and Mysteries" (9 p.m., Bravo), documenting recent art frauds and museum heists, the criminals behind them and the authorities who solved each case. Tonight's installment looks at the 1994 theft of Edward Munch's famous painting "The Scream" from Norway's National Gallery. It took thieves less than a minute to snatch the masterpiece and leave behind a hand-written note stating, "Thanks for the poor security." "Art Crimes" will air over the next six nights.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Want to feel old? "Sesame Street" (PBS) enters its 34th season. Two new characters include Global Grover and Global Thingy. This week's celebrity guests include First Lady Laura Bush, Wayne Brady and Natalie Portman.
  • A single woman answers a personal ad and goes out on a surprising date in the 2001 comedy "Kissing Jessica Stein" (5:15 p.m., Cinemax), a funny, neurotic New York comedy -- the kind Woody Allen used to make.
  • Peter Jennings shows coverage (7 p.m., ABC) of the war in Iraq.
  • Andie MacDowell guest stars on "The Practice" (8 p.m., ABC).
  • Jordan's urge to help a grieving mother may complicate a drug case on "Crossing Jordan" (9 p.m., NBC).
  • The whimsical hidden-camera comedy "Trigger Happy TV" (9 p.m., Comedy Central) returns for a second season.

Series notes

Courtside seats on "King of Queens" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Joe Rogan is host of "Fear Factor" (7 p.m., NBC) ... Prentice (Verne Troyer) loses his patience on "Boston Public" (7 p.m., Fox) ... Gospel star Shirley Caesar guest stars on "The Parkers" (7 p.m., UPN) ...

Debra asks Ray to lay down the law on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (7:30 p.m, PG) ... A sister in need on "One on One" (7:30 p.m. UPN).

An armored car crash on "Third Watch" (8 p.m., NBC) ... Two engaged couples remain on "Married by America" (8 p.m., Fox) ... Maya's new pal complicates old friendships on "Girlfriends" (8 p.m., UPN) ... A local musical on "Everwood" (8 p.m., WB) ... Dee Dee's beau says "no" on "Half and Half" (8:30 p.m., UPN) ... Paul falls victim to a haunted house on "Miracles" (9 p.m., ABC).

Late night

Jay Leno welcomes Sarah Wynter and Lucinda Williams on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC) ... Chris Elliot, Eliza Dushku and The Dixie Chicks are on "Late Show with David Letterman" (11:05 p.m., CBS).

Tom Arnold, Tom Everett Scott and Mark Knopfler appear on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Eddie Griffin, Katherine Heigl and Breaking Benjamin are booked on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (12:05 a.m.).


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