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Decoding the Dress Code

Decoding the Dress Code

Article by Sejin Yu and Kokoro Igawa

October 27, 2020

Following a six-month period away from campus, ASIJ students arrived to find some changes to the High School. Among these changes were the hybrid-learning model, a new assistant principal, and a decision by the school to “focus on actually utilizing the dress code,” says Dean of Student Life, Mike...

Virtually Cross Country

Virtually Cross Country

Article by Maia Macek, Writer

October 15, 2020

On Friday September 25, the HS cross-country team held their first virtual meet. Our coaches mapped out a course in the nearby Tama Cemetery, a one-kilometer loop that we would complete five times. The way a virtual meet works is each competing school completes its own separate 5K race and then share...

Diving into Social and Emotional Learning with Dr. Augustine

Diving into Social and Emotional Learning with Dr. Augustine

Article by Marine Savoure, Writer

October 13, 2020

It’s the end of the day, students streaming out of the entryway towards the buses that will take them home. Near the roundabout is Dr. Augustine, our new associate principal. Seeing him ahead, I wave. “How was your day?” he asks. “Great!” I respond. This is normally the point at which such exchang...

Love, Passion, and Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Side

Love, Passion, and Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s Sweet Side

Article by Letian Wang

October 5, 2020

Delicious. Chunky. Radical. The three staples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.  Finding this commodity in Japan is always a challenge, but one that never disappoints—the heavenliness of Vanilla Toffee Bar Crunch always compensates. But despite its tantalizing flavors, Ben & Jerry’s was always ju...

All Lives Cannot Matter Until Black Lives Matter

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Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer

June 10, 2020

The brutal murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has sparked protests and riots worldwide, demanding racial justice and police reform. However, as the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has begun to gain more traction, so have various countermovements. Some of the most popular have been the All Lives Matter movement...

The Black Lives Matter Movements

June 10, 2020

The murder of George Floyd has sparked a number of protests around the world, pushing for racial justice and an end to police brutality. Hanabi invites you to take a look at a new opinion piece and a What's the Dealio podcast episode from last year related to these events.

Black America and COVID-19: The Impact of Systemic Racism

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Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer

June 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged every corner of the world, and it doesn’t seem to discriminate. Yet, those who are infected in the United States are disproportionately African-American. In Chicago, Illinois, only 30% of the population is Black, yet, nearly 45% of COVID-19 related deaths have been of African-American cit...

What is Life Like on an Aircraft Carrier?

Article by Take Zoot, Writer

May 13, 2020

What weighs 100,000 tons, is 333 meters long, and floats on the water? Not a whale, not a glacier, but a Nimitz class aircraft carrier. The reigning champion in military ship size, the deck on a Nimitz is so large that more than three full-sized football fields could fit on it. Football, however, is no...

The Psychology of Isolation: Student Reactions to COVID-19

The Psychology of Isolation: Student Reactions to COVID-19

Article by Sylvan Lebrun, Writer

April 28, 2020

A time that will make it into history books is usually not an easy time to be alive.  This is without a doubt a year that will be described as “tragic” and “eventful” by later academics, a year that will be the subject of decades of inquiry and that has the potential to rewrite the patter...

Keeping the Spirit with Mustangs Weekly

Keeping the Spirit with Mustangs Weekly

Article by Julie Defibaugh, Writer

April 20, 2020

Although separated because of the coronavirus, a group of ASIJ students is working to generate community spirit through periodic videos, called Mustangs Weekly. The show is dedicated to “boosting morale,” says grade 11 co-founder Jeti Edwards. Providing a variety of content such as club interviews, sports highligh...

Why We Need to Stop Panic Buying

Why We Need to Stop Panic Buying

Article by Kokoro Igawa, Writer

April 6, 2020

On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, is now characterized as a pandemic. This virus has now reached more than 160 countries worldwide and amassed more than 49,000 deaths and almost 1 million cases.  Amid this utter chaos, many have begun panic...

The Rise of Indian Religious Nationalism

The Rise of Indian Religious Nationalism

Article by Sylvan Lebrun, Writer

March 18, 2020

India's Republic Day is celebrated every January 26, commemorating the day the country’s constitution came into effect. Traditionally a day of national pride, it is celebrated with folk dance festivals, great military parades, and planes that leave trails of smoke in the orange, green, and white of...

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