Author Lani Wendt Young Speaks at ASCC
In early May, the Language & Literature Department at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) hosted a talk by renowned writer Lani Wendt Young, author of the popular “Telesa” series of novels for young adults as well as the new “Scarlet” series for general readers launched with the recent publication of its first volume, “Scarlet Secrets.” Mrs. Young’s notoriety has increased steadily over the last several years, particularly among (mostly) young Samoans both within the islands and elsewhere, thanks in no small part to her positive depiction of Samoan identity within her work.
ASCC Hosts International Jazz Day Presentation
Earlier this month, in celebration of International Jazz Day, the Fine Arts Department at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), hosted a talk by Samoana Jazz & Arts Festival Director Ms. Peta Siulepa, who is also a professional Jazz singer of some acclaim throughout New Zealand, Samoa and the Pacific region. Before an appreciative audience of ASCC staff and students, Ms. Siulepa shared the history of International Jazz Day and highlighted Samoa’s small but significant place in the history of Jazz as the birthplace of renowned vocalist Mavis Chloe Rivers (1929-1992).
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