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May Digital Display


"May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

This year's theme, selected by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council, is "Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration," which builds on a leadership advancement theme series that began last year."

- NPR, "The story behind Asian Pacific American Heritage, and why it's celebrated in May"

Library of Congress - Homegrown: Herb Ohta, Jr., Hawaiian Ukulele Master

Summary International recording artist Herb Ohta, Jr., is one of today's most prolific ukulele masters. Influenced by Jazz, R&B, Latin and Brazilian music, as well as traditional Hawaiian sounds, he puts his stamp on Hawaiian music by pushing the limits of tone and technique on this beautiful instrument. The son of ukulele legend "Ohta-san," he started playing at the age of three, and began teaching at the age of nine. He now shares the music of Hawai'i and the beauty of the ukulele with people around the world, performing concerts and conducting instructional workshops.