By Jongyeop Jeong, 12th Grade On January 19, NewJeans’ Danielle (a K-pop girl group member) sent a message to her fans on Phoning, a fan communication platform, asking them what they were doing for “Chinese New Year.” However, this phrase soon drew criticism as it implies that the holiday is only celebrated in China when it is also celebrated by many other East Asian cultures. … Continue reading Is it really called the “Chinese New Year”?
By Sofia Rojas, 10th Grade Sexualization and obscene portrayal of female animated characters appear to rise. Female characters in comics have had a strong protagonism in literary pieces since the 1980s, but as their presence grows, so does their lack of clothing. Since its inception in 1938, comic books have shaped American pop culture in their natural form. Wonder Woman debuted in 1941, representing a … Continue reading The over-sexualization of comics
By Jongyeop Jeong, 12th Grade Every year on March 17th, people worldwide celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the anniversary of the death of the patron saint of Ireland in 461. For over a millennium, the Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday, attending church in the morning and celebrating in the afternoon. However, in the United States, this holiday has evolved into a secular … Continue reading What Saint Patrick’s Day is all about
By Jongyeop Jeong, 12th Grade On November 30, 2022, OpenAI, the developer company of the AI art generator Dall-E, released a new AI chatbot, baptized as Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 or ChatGPT. This chatbot can generate human-like syntax with high accuracy and fluency across various topics. ChatGPT is currently the most advanced language model available, with 175 billion parameters and the ability to process billions … Continue reading ChatGPT: The future of natural language processing
By Ricardo He, 12th Grade Over the course of the last few years, countries in the East China Sea, together with North Korea, have recently been in the spotlight over their countless conflicts and territorial disputes. Tensions have been skyrocketing with the ongoing threats from the People’s Republic of China towards Taiwan (the Republic of China) and the recent ramp-ups in North Korea’s ballistic missile … Continue reading Rising tensions among countries in the East China Sea and the Korean Peninsula
By Jongyeop Jeong, 12th Grade This past June, 18-year-old South Korean pianist Yunchan Lim received the gold medal of the 16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, becoming the youngest musician in the tournament’s 60-year history to ever win first place. In the final stage, Lim performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, op. 37 and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, op. 30. His … Continue reading South Korean Hagwons and their success in international competitions
By Ana Perez, 10th Grade A vape, also known as an electronic cigarette, is a device that heats up a liquid to create a vapor you inhale. Some types of vaping devices include pens, e-cigarettes (like JUUL), and hookahs. While vaping appears to be a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, there are still many health risks involved. Vaping has become one of the most popular … Continue reading The Effects of Vaping on Teenagers
By Ana Perez, 10th Grade If you have been on the internet recently, you might have heard of ‘gacha games.’ Think of Genshin Impact, Raid Shadow Legends, or Love Live School Idol Festival. These are games that add a gacha mechanic in order to motivate players to use real money. Think of those vending machines outside of grocery stores where you can insert a coin … Continue reading Gacha Games: A New Form of Gambling?
By Mabel Soriano, 11th Grade Burgos is a place of many cultural treasures ranging from their tasteful blood sausage, breathtaking architecture, and perhaps one of the most relevant museums relating to the study of Darwinism. The Museum of Human Evolution is an institution of paleontology-the study of ancient life— and biological anthropology—the study of evolution—that holds various collections of fossils and lithic technology excavated near … Continue reading Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos, Spain
By Ana Perez, 9th Grade Kesha, formerly known as Ke$ha, is a famous American singer that rose to fame after her singles ‘TikTok’ and ‘Die Young’ topped the charts in the early 2010s. Born in Nashville, she moved to Los Angeles at 17 where she signed with Kemosabe Records (owned by Sony Music), and debuted as an artist in 2010 with her album ‘Animal’ with … Continue reading The #FreeKesha Movement