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.
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Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), founded in 1985, is an inter-agency organization of Asian Pacific American employees, representing over 50 Federal agencies. It is the principal organization behind Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May each year.
UCLA's Asian American Studies Center, contributing to an understanding of the long neglected history, rich cultural heritage, and present position of Asian Americans in our society.
Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN), founded in 1994, is a non-partisan organization of the highest ranking Asian Pacific American career and appointed executives, judiciary members, and military officers in the Federal, state, and local governments.
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), founded in 1973, is a national non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to securing the rights of Chinese American and Asian American citizens and permanent residents through legislative and policy initiatives at all levels of the government.
The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS), founded in 1980, is a non-profit membership supported organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and dissemination of materials relating to the history and culture of Japanese Americans. NJAHS specializes in traveling exhibitions, publications, videos, interactive multimedia, military and camp collections, and educational programs.
Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), founded in 1989 by Asian Pacific American (APA) professionals as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization. Its mission is to promote APA interests and success in public sector careers, to provide information and education on policy issues affecting the APA community, and to serve the APA community at large.