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Singer and American Idol Finalist Jasmine Trias

I Try to Be Organized and Neat and Tidy

August 3, 2017

Jasmine Trias is a singer-entertainer and former American Idol finalist. Before taking part in a Smithsonian/Zócalo “What It Means to Be American” panel discussion supported by the Daniel K. Inouye Institute, entitled “Does Hawaii Have America’s Strongest Sense of Identity?” she spoke in the green room about Broadway musicals, stage fright, and finding a switch that would make people happy.

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