Speaking on behalf of ASiA

Speaking on behalf of ASiA

This past Monday, Lisa See addressed the school during an all-school assembly. See is a multiple times New York Times bestselling author, with years of leadership in the local Chinese-American community and considerable public speaking experience. But to be honest, as one of the leaders of Asian Students in Action, when we as a club […]

Tuning into Korean Culture: Exploring the Effect of K-Pop on Korean-Americans

Tuning into Korean Culture: Exploring the Effect of K-Pop on Korean-Americans

At the first ever school-wide multicultural fair last year, the Asian Students in Action club blasted Korean pop music, or K-Pop, through huge speakers on the quad. As the foreign music, characterized by catchy hooks and punctuated with random English lyrics, played on, students started to dance along. ASiA leader Lucy Kim ’19, a first […]

Chinese students experience campus life

Chinese students experience campus life

Eight students from the World Leading Schools Association in Shanghai, China visited the Upper School for 13 days from Jan. 29 to Feb. 10 with the goal of deepening their knowledge of American society and the English language. During their stay, the students lived with host families. The students shadowed their hosts in classes throughout […]

Made in Korea: Reflecting on Multiculturalism

Made in Korea: Reflecting on Multiculturalism

Winter break is a time for rest and travel. As I am enjoying my staycation, I will write about my favorite place to travel to while pondering about the culture that comes with it: I was born in Los Angeles. I am an American. My parents were born in South Korea. They are Korean. It […]

“A” is for Asian?: Impact of the “model minority” myth

“A” is for Asian?: Impact of the “model minority” myth

When Steven Zhao ’19 left his English class holding a graded essay, his friend took a quick look at the “B+” scrawled on a margin, cracked a smile and said, “you dishonor your family.” Zhao pretended to laugh along, though he didn’t really find the comment funny, he said. For Zhao, who is a first […]

Italy through a cup of caffè

Italy through a cup of caffè

I woke up to and went to bed hearing the sound of the espresso machine in my ear, the best daily “Buongiorno,” or – in English – good morning. That sound would mark each of my transformative 271 days in Viterbo, Italy. Last year I left home for the first time to spend my junior […]

Students with Dual Citizenship

Students with Dual Citizenship

When traveling to foreign countries, Gabriel Jenkinson ’16 has the choice to go through border security either as an American or Italian citizen. In approximately three months, he will also receive his Canadian passport, providing him yet another possible identity when exploring the globe. “I got my Canadian passport because I applied to a college […]

Welcoming the (Lunar) New Year

Welcoming the (Lunar) New Year

Like millions of others across the country, Anna Gong ’18 and her family had the television on for hours last weekend, but Chinese opera performers, lion dancers and dragon dancers in colorful costumes filled the screen instead of men in football gear and sports commentators. Every year, festivities in China are broadcast on the eve […]

Chinese Culture Club holds annual luncheon

Harvard-Westlake’s Chinese Culture Club members and Chinese language class sang and gave speeches during the 24th annual Chinese New Year Luncheon. The event was held at the Skirball Cultural Center March 8 and was organized by a Chinese New Year Planning Committee. More than 300 students, faculty and parents come together annually to celebrate this […]