Watch 'Japanese American Lives' this month on PBS

Documentary series explores diverse history of Japanese Americans

We've got Heritage Month on the TV.... The Center for Asian American Media celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Japanese American Lives, a special three-part public television series that explores the diverse history of Japanese Americans, hosted by Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi.

The documentaries in the series, presented on PBS throughout the month of May, include Stories From Tohoku, Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful, Honor & Sacrifice, and Don't Lose Your Soul -- four unexpected Asian American stories of inspiration, artistry, family and hope.

Here's a preview of episode one, Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful, which tells the inspiring story of Keiko Fukuda, the first woman in the world to attain a 10th degree black belt:

Catch Japanese American Lives this month on PBS. For broadcast dates and times, check your local listings. For further information about the series, visit the CAAM website.

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