Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
AMERICA'S GREAT OUTDOORS: Department of the Interior & White House Office of Public Engagement Team Up to Host White House Forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, May 9, national leaders and scholars will discuss how the legacy of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders should be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations as the U.S. Department of the Interior hosts the White House Forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage. The event will feature remarks by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and senior Obama administration officials, as well as panel discussions featuring nationally recognized AAPI scholars and historians.
In the coming months, the National Park Service will continue to work with scholars representing the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities to explore ways to celebrate and understand their unique heritage. The Service's National Historic Landmark Program will continue to develop a theme study to help guide future nominations of National Historic Landmarks and National Register of Historic Places properties.
In February, then-Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service would undertake an Asian American Pacific Islander Theme Study to investigate the stories, places, and people of AAPI heritage. The new study is part of a broader effort under President Obama's America's Great Outdoors program to commemorate and tell a more inclusive story of all Americans, including minorities and women who have made significant contributions to our nation's history and culture.
Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service U.S. Representative Judy Chu, Chair, Congressional AAPI Caucus Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary, Policy, Management and Budget, DOI Jon Jang, Musician & Composer
Panel 1: Telling America's Story, An AAPI Lens
Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development Joan Shigekawa, Acting Chair of the National Endowment of the Arts Robin Danner, President & CEO, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement Helen Zia, Journalist and Author, Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People Brian Yang, American Actor and Producer Nikolao Pula, Director, Office of Insular Affairs Raiatea Helm, Hawaiian Vocalist/Ukulele Player
Panel 2: AAPI Contributions to America's Culture
Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Kathy Ko Chin, President and CEO, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) Franklin Odo, AAPI Scholars Panel Chair, Asian American Government Executives Network Dawn Mabalon, Professor, San Francisco State University Pawan Dhingra, Professor of Sociology, Tufts University Sue Lee, Executive Director, Chinese Historical Society of America
The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation & Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Department of the Interior and White House Office of Public Engagement will host a forum on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage to build on President Obama's America's Great Outdoors program to tell a more inclusive story of all Americans
Thursday, May 9, 2013
12:30pm—1:00pm EST: Registration and Networking
1:45pm—2:45pm EST: Panel 1: Telling America's Story, An AAPI Lens
2:45pm—3:15pm EST: Networking break with refreshments
3:15pm—3:30pm EST: Musical Performance
3:30pm—4:30pm EST: Panel 2: AAPI Contributions to America's Culture