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From Catalonia to Hong Kong: Understanding Autonomy with Mr. Johnson 

From Catalonia to Hong Kong: Understanding Autonomy with Mr. Johnson 

Article by Sylvan Lebrun, Writer

November 21, 2019

“We believe this is the last stand for our future and freedom.” This quote from a 22-year-old protester in Hong Kong exemplifies the feelings of many of the nation’s young people, who have committed themselves to a taxing and dangerous movement to maintain autonomy from China. They have faced tear gas, ru...

A Life in Print: An Interview with Motoko Rich

A Life in Print: An Interview with Motoko Rich

Article by Anna Milstein, Writer

June 7, 2019

A few weeks ago, Dohyun Kim and I were lucky enough to interview Motoko Rich, the Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Times; she began working for the Times in 2003. She attended ASIJ from second to fourth grade. Ms. Rich initially didn’t want to become a journalist, explaining that “when I was...

Finding Balance: An Interview with Kristy Raggio

Finding Balance: An Interview with Kristy Raggio

Article by Marine Savoure, Writer

May 14, 2019

At one point or another, we have all struggled with balancing what we personally want to do and what we have to do for school. This balance between school work and personal interests is never an easy one to find, and with AP season and finals upon us, it’s just going to get harder. Kristy Ragg...

Next for Some ASIJ Seniors? Mandatory Military Service

Next for Some ASIJ Seniors? Mandatory Military Service

Article by Julie Defibaugh, Writer

March 15, 2019

As an ASIJ sophomore myself, I am well aware of the stress that all high schoolers feel about the uncertain future. However, while most students at ASIJ will be going to college immediately after senior year, there are a few who will be leading completely different lives fulfilling mandatory military s...

Our Janitorial Staff – Who Are They?

Our Janitorial Staff – Who Are They?

Article by Dohyun Kim and Lauren Hartz

November 11, 2018

This feature is part of a series that will highlight the often unseen but hugely important helping hands at ASIJ — the people who make the gears of the school turn smoothly.   You’ve seen the ASIJ janitorial staff, no doubt about it. But have you given them more than a cursory nod or ...

Parting the Clouds: An Interview with Mr. Herzenberg

Parting the Clouds: An Interview with Mr. Herzenberg

Article by Astrid Wihman, Writer

October 25, 2018

Despite the rain looming outside of his office window, Jon Herzenberg, ASIJ’s new high school principal, exudes enthusiasm. He pauses in the midst of our conversation. “You know, in the Netherlands, when they ask ‘what do you do?’ they mean ‘In your free time, what are your hobbies?’ O...

How Chofu Sees Us

How Chofu Sees Us

Article by Marine Savoure, Writer

October 10, 2018

Since the first days of the Chofu campus, thousands of ASIJ students have traversed the streets of Chofu on their way to school. As Japanese culture meets international cultures, one might wonder how ASIJ students are perceived by the local community. Though we see the other, we often forget how the ...

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