AAPI Month Profiles: Day Four

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Yo-yo Ma

The Basics: A French born, Chinese-American and a child prodigy from the age of five with the cello.  He graduated from both Julliard and Harvard.  The man’s career has given him over 90+ albums and 18 Grammy Awards.  He has recorded classical music, but has also dipped in American bluegrass, Chinese melodies and Brazilian music.  He even worked with the Dixie Chicks.  The instrument he typically plays with is valued at 2.5 million dollars.

Why I Chose Them:  I think his accolades speak for themselves.  The man is just accomplished point blank, period.  But he also goes against stereotype in a lot of ways and in the land of squeezing minorities into a box, we need to see people who don’t fit it.   Asian-Americans are so often limited to certain job fields and you certainly wouldn’t ever think to talk about a Chinese-American musician having over ninety albums.  That’s a mind blowing number to consider.  We have to allow people of color to flourish where they will and not where they are expected to.

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