From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the WWII internment of Japanese Americans, and now record-breaking representation in politics & pop culture, the experiences of Asian Pacific Islander Americans runs broad and deep in American history.

People who once suffered, today fight for justice as heroes...opening doors for the next generation. This is reflected in the broad array of programs and films on WORLD Channel during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. WORLD Channel, in partnership with the Center for Asian American Media and Pacific Islanders in Communications, invites you to watch and join the conversation - like, comment, share - using the hashtag #MyAPALife.

WORLD is celebrating with the exciting premieres of four new shows and 50 broadcasts of other programs.

WORLD Premieres:

MAY 5 on Reel South | Gimme a Faith
Cultures clash when Chinese students arrive in the U.S. and convert to evangelical Christianity.

MAY 6 on Pacific Heartbeat | Leitis in Waiting
Transgender women (Leitis) in Tonga fight for acceptance amidst a growing wave of Christian fundamentalism.

MAY 7 on America Reframed | Nailed It
A look at the genesis and 40-year history of the Vietnamese nail salon and its influence on an $8 billion-dollar American industry.

MAY 14 on America Reframed | Circle Up
Mothers seeking true justice for their murdered sons - and redefine forgiveness, accountability, and justice.

More Video

Watch previews and clips from these episodes and more.

View more programs like this in this PBS collection of shows.

Check out The Naro Video Film School's celebration offering half-price rentals of movies this month.