HURON HIGH SCHOOL, 2727 FULLER RD., ANN ARBOR MI 48105
VOL. 6 ISSUE 5
News PAGE 3 Teachers prepare for in-person learning
Opinion PAGE 8 As if women didn't exist: women's safety in today's society
10+11 Social Injustice
Joyce Lee, whose husband is a biology teacher at Huron, dedicated "Young, Proud, and Sung-Jee" to her son Luka. GRAPHIC BY BRIDGIT JUNG
Fighting AAPI hate through a children's book ALLISON MI COPY EDITOR
Sports PAGE 15 Huron Men's Basketball's last-minute COVID-19 scare
orean American Joyce Lee had a big concern. She worried about what she would later tell her now 19-month old son Luka, when he will undoubtedly ask her about the widespread
Vaccine hesitancy is very real ANITA GAENKO STAFF WRITER xxxxxxxIn the late '90s, a well known science journal published a research paper about the link between vaccinations and autism in children. It was proved false and retracted, and was later scientifically debunked multiple times. But the damage was done. xxxxxx“It sowed the seeds for people to start doubting,” Professor Balaji Narasimhan, the director of the Nanovaccine
On April 29, a vaccine clinic was held in the school cafeteria. COURTESY OF ALIRAZA GURMANI
Institute at Iowa State University said. “The first reason for fear of vaccination is misinformation. But there’s a second aspect, more related to the acceptance of vaccines by certain communities.” xxxxxxWhat Narasimhan refers to is the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, in which African American men were observed with untreated syphilis. They were promised free medical care, which they never received. They were told the “study” would last six months, but they were left untreated for 40 years, despite the fact that the antibiotic penicillin was a known cure. xxxxxx“Not only did it cause significant damage to the people in the experiment, it also led to a widespread and quite justified fear of clinical studies,” Narasimhan said. Additionally, 10 percent of the population has a fear of needles. Vaccines are preventions, not cures, and
See VACCINE, PAGE 5
anti-Asian hate that has arisen in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. “What would I say to him?” Lee said anxiously. The problem: she didn’t know the answer to that question. Lee started looking for help -- specifically in the form of children’s books
-- to “navigate this dilemma.” However, she soon found that there was a gap in resources. “I'm having problems trying to put language to it, and I'm a researcher who studies early childhood for a living every day,” Lee, a social worker at the University of Michigan, said. “If I’m struggling,
can you imagine everyday parents and their situation?” By May, it became clear that since there was no answer out there, Lee had to be the one to create it. “It just got really urgent,” she
See STOP AAPI HATE, PAGE 11
NHS standardized testing committee formed to combat inequity in college admissions AMY XU STAFF WRITER xxxxxxStandardized testing is often used by colleges as a way to measure a student’s academic ability. However, not every high schooler has access to the same resources that can help them prepare for these important exams. Juniors Andrew Ye, Eric Heng and Kantaro Inoki created the Standardized Testing Cozmittee of the National Honor Society at Huron to help prepare students for the SAT, PSAT, ACT and other common high school tests. xxxxxxxx“The goal is to provide students that do not have access to an actual tutor with SAT, PSAT and ACT information,” Inoki said. xxxxxxxxThe committee provides sample tests, sample questions and other resources for students to practice with.
Juniors Andrew Ye, Eric Heng and Kantaro Inoki are the co-founders of the NHS standardized testing comittee. GRAPHIC BY VISH GONDESI
They also provide one-on-one tutoring sessions with junior and senior NHS volunteers who have firsthand experience in taking these exams. Students can get questions explained to them and learn new concepts. Through these sessions, students can also learn tricks to solve exam questions and become better prepared for these tests. xxxxxx x“We know that social status often is reflected in test scores, and I think that everyone should have the resources and opportunity to perform well,” Inoki said. “Because of COVID, there’s probably a lot of people that were planning to take a prep class but couldn’t, who reach out to us and get lessons, resources and tricks for free.”
See BRIEFS , PAGE 3
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 2 | NEWS
Surprise victory takes mock trial team to nationals CLARA BOWMAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Huron Mock Trial won the State Championship, qualifying for nationals for the first time in its history. “It’s just been a ride, realizing that we made it past states, which is pretty cool, and we had a really fun time doing it,” senior and co-captain Jessica Schwalb said. Mock trial is a competitive extracurricular activity where members prepare arguments for both the prosecution and defense of a certain case. There are 12 roles in total: three witnesses and attorneys each for both the prosecution and defense. “Preparing for trial takes an incredible amount of time,” Huron Mock Trial Advisor Andrew Face said. “Students have to read through the case materials, analyze them and then begin developing their case theories for both the prosecution and defense.” Members met virtually several times per week for months to prepare for trial. “Being virtual has definitely presented challenges, but overall our team was able to adapt,” Face said. Huron Mock Trial’s first step to nationals was the regional competition in
February. They were one of 12 teams that qualified for states, but were the 11th seed of the competition. “To be honest, I wasn’t sure how we would perform this year,” Face said. “I was always impressed in our runthrough trials of how well we performed, including our new attorneys. But as you head into trial, you’re never quite sure how good the competition will be.” The state competition first consisted of two trials per team before a final four was announced. “So I didn’t think we would get to the final four, to be honest,” Schwalb said. “As they were doing the announcement, I was actually doing the dishes, sort of halflistening, and then I heard the code for our team and everyone in the group chat was like ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe we made this -- very tired -- but let’s keep going!’” The four teams competed in a tournamentstyle bracket, Huron’s first match-up: International Academy. “We weren’t sure who won, we thought we were maybe better than [International Academy] based on the way that the judge was reacting and our general performance, but we didn’t know,” Schwalb said. “And then it was announced that we would be moving on to the
After winning the state competition, Huron mock trial members, alumni and coaches met up on Zoom to celebrate their success. COURTESY OF ANDREW FACE finals, which was wonderful to hear.” After an already exhausting day, Huron had one final trial against the nearby Community High School team to win the competition. “It was a weird round,” Schwalb said. “The judge was very no nonsense. There were very few objections. It was streamlined.” After the trial, the head of the mock trial competition began by announcing the second place team, “Ann Arbor…”
“We all thought it was going to be Ann Arbor Huron, so then they said Community and all of us were really taken aback,” Schwalb said. Huron Mock Trial now has the daunting task of preparing an entirely new case for nationals in half the total time they had for regionals and states -- only six weeks. “We have been fortunate to get a number of attorneys to come help support us, and to provide critical feedback on our overall strategy, like how to improve
our performance on crosses, to read the judge or developing more of a command over the federal rules of evidence,” Face said. Huron Mock Trial will represent the school, and Michigan as a whole, at nationals on May 13-15. “Mock trial is almost a full time thing,” Schwalb said. “Our team has been super committed and really wonderful this year, despite the online setup. They’ve been amazing, and I’m so excited to see where we go.”
AAPS lays out new plan for graduation ceremony On May 5, Superintendent Jeanice Swift released a communication about the Ann Arbor Public Schools Class of 2021 commencement ceremony. “We are delighted that the continued decrease in the level of COVID cases, alongside the increasing vaccination rates in our community, gives us the ability to plan for an in-person commencement ceremony,” Swift said. Due to the restrictions on public gatherings by the state and county, it limits AAPS to hold traditional, large indoor graduation ceremonies. Consequently, there will be two separate ceremonies for each high schoolHuron,
RIDHIMA KODALI OPINION EDITOR
There will be two separate commencement ceremonies to comply with spectator limits. GRAPHIC BY RIDHIMA KODALI
Pioneer and Skyline where half of the class will be present at one of the ceremonies, allowing families to attend and adhere to the state’s spectator limits. The tentative commencement ceremony schedule for Pathways will be June 1 at Huron High School at 6:30 p.m., and June 4 at Pioneer High School at 6:30 p.m. For other schools, commencement will take place on their own campuses-and at two separate times-- 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. However the dates of commencement will differ, Huron’s is June 2, Pioneer’s will be on June 3 and finally Skyline’s on June 7. Ceremonies will be held outdoors, at the high schools’ stadiums, on the comprehensive high school campuses. Students will be seated in chairs at the field, while spectators will be seated at home and visitors, at the bleachers of the stadium. Additionally, families of graduates of Huron, Pioneer and Skyline will receive about four tickets to attend the ceremony, depending on the capacities of the stadium and state spectator guidelines. Furthermore, each school will communicate more specific details in regards to the ceremonies, including spectator tickets. “As has been true
throughout this COVID time, the health and safety of our students, staff and families remain our top priority,” Swift wrote. “I appreciate the patience and partnership of our students and parents, and the ongoing, diligent work of our high school teams and leaders, who will continue to plan every detail of commencement ceremonies with a laser focus on making this day special for our graduates and their families.” All ceremonies will be broadcasted live and replayed on CTN at later dates, and the graduation will consist of many traditional graduation ceremony features, such as student speeches and socially-distanced processionals and recessionals. Each and every graduate will be introduced as they walk across the stage. If severe weather is expected, then there will be a modified ceremony, consisting of a brief recessional indoors for students to receive their diploma with their parent’s present. “As we emerge from this COVID pandemic time that has impacted our students and staff, families and community in so many challenging ways, we are excited to come together in joy and celebration to honor our impressive graduates of the AAPS Class of 2021,” Swift wrote.
THE EMERY EDITORS-IN-CHIEF: Clara Bowman 2021bowmanclaram@aaps. k12.mi.us
Maya Kogulan 2021kogulanumaiyal@aaps. k12.mi.us ADVISER: Sara-Beth Badalamente Mishal Charania Managing Editor Vish Gondesi Online Editor-In-Chief Lydia Hargett News Editor Ridhima Kodali Opinion Editor Kaitlyn Sabb Feature Editor Quinn Newhouse Sports Editor Julie Park Design Editor Kiana Hemati Social Media Editor Allison Mi Copy Editor
Shania Ahmed Uthman Al Andulusi Ruqayyiah AlSaady Jaden Boster Zach Brewer Neeko Cho Gabriela Dimova Anita Gaenko Eric Heng
Bridget Jung Blake Mundy Rio Ohtake Visruth Rajendiran Adam Schork Jamil Wilson Verena Wu Amy Xiu Harry Youngman
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 3 | NEWS
Huron learns to adapt as A2 transitions towards in-person learning MISHAL CHARANIA MANAGING EDITOR As in-person learning has been on pause for about 416 days, teachers have been preparing for weeks to accommodate a hybrid classroom. Hundreds of high school students walked under Huron’s arches to their classes on May 3 and 4. For biology teacher Markus Lincoln, this meant making sure that his students were prepared for the beginning of in-person learning, especially in terms of Huron’s layout. During one of his ninth grade advisory periods, Lincoln and another teacher organized a virtual tour of Huron so that students could see the building, some of them for the first time. “I really want to see my kids and teach in-person,” Lincoln said. “I just want to make sure that we are returning for the best interest of the students.” On top of leading a tour, Lincoln has been considering how to lead in a hybrid classroom, since there are a myriad of materials available at home that would never be available in a traditional classroom. T h e s e materials c o m e m o s t l y MARKUS from his farm and are meant to demonstrate biological processes that students would usually experience through hands-on lab experiments. For example, Lincoln analyzed the differences between chicken feed and horse feed when the students were learning about metabolism. “I was able to go out in our greenhouses with experiments with the kids in a more natural environment,” Lincoln said. “I don’t think it
makes up for labs; it’s just a different experience.” The main change coming with the start of inperson school is that students will see each of their teachers twice a day, creating a shift in the way teachers schedule their class time. All students will see their teacher for 65 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon. This is so that in-person students have a chance to go home during lunch. Students will continue to be on block scheduling with blocks one, three and five on Mondays and Thursdays as well as blocks two, four and six on Tuesdays and Fridays. Lincoln plans to do instruction and review work during in-person class time and individual work during the completely virtual portion. “The schedule change would be where my hesitation comes in,” Lincoln said. “I think [the district] did the best they could. I’m just disappointed that I won’t get to interact with my students as much. I’ve put a lot of thought into the hybrid teaching style, and I don’t know what the limitations of the building are. I don’t know how to keep equity in place for students who are at home who do not have access to things in the classroom.” LINCOLN Throughout v i r t u a l learning, many other teachers have faced the question of how to keep their teaching equitable to all students. For biology, this meant encouraging students to use house-hold objects as learning tools. All students knew that the use of these tools was optional because Lincoln would also demonstrate everything himself. Without constant visual interaction from his students, Lincoln has implemented polling
I just want to make sure that we are returning for the best interest of the students.”
BRIEFS | FROM PAGE ONE
Junior advances to national engineering competition LYDIA HARGETT NEWS EDITOR
xxxxxxxHuron’s Engineering classes recently competed in the Invention Convention competition at the state level, and junior Emma Kaipainen received a second place award, as well as the sustainability award. Henry Ford runs the Invention Convention, which is a global K-12 education program that helps students build creativity skills and confidence in inventing. “For my invention, I designed a house made from shipping containers which could essentially take steps forward with the
Catherine Marchionna and Rob Cupit, the engineering teachers, prepare for hybrid learning. SARA BADALEMENTE
and open discussion periods. “One thing I found really valuable was a lot of the digital access to instant feedback [in order] to adjust teaching and learning,” Lincoln said. Consequently, his students have become used to his constant Zoom polls and are able to ask for clarification or more information. He will continue to use polls during hybrid school to accommodate both sets of students. Two weeks before the start of spring break, Huron’s administration allowed for teachers to go into Huron. Many teachers went in to check on the state of their classroom or get used to teaching with social distancing guidelines. One business teacher had not entered her classroom at the time, and had instead prepared completely from home. “Next Gen Personal Finance has been doing a lot of free professional developments,” they said. “I started taking them over a year ago and really enjoyed them.” On top of that, they also reached out to teachers in other districts and joined Twitter’s teacher community. “Now it is about
intention of being able to creep away from receding shorelines,” K a i p a i n e n said. Kaipainen’s invention B e f o r e COURTESY OF KAIPAINEN going to states, Kaipainen won second place at Regionals as well. She was not expecting to have the same outcome in the states competition. “When I heard I had won second place at states, I said ‘Oh wow,’” Kaipainen said. “Even though this was the same place I received at regionals, I was still happy.” Since she received a high score at states, her invention will now be submitted to the competition’s national level and the results will come out on June 24. Kaipainen says she plans on competing next year as well.
making sure that the kids are comfortable with all of the changes that we are getting ready to throw at them,” the teacher said. “When we changed the school schedule just by ten minutes, it threw my kids off the entire day. So the fact that we are going to be meeting for 65 minutes in the morning and then a half an hour again in the afternoon; I think that’s going to throw a lot of kids off again.” All teachers have had to consider what their inperson learning experience is going to look like. For this teacher, they are worried about low participation. “I have had so much participation from kids because I’ve set my Zoom chat to only chat with me,” they said. “When I ask a question, I’m getting so many kids that are providing answers. I have not been able to figure out how I am going to create that environment where kids are not afraid to volunteer and answer even if they are wrong.” As a result of the building’s preparations, teachers have seen their needs met. This teacher had a hole in their office which
was fixed before they had to request help. Additionally, the building has warm water, a new filtration system along with other accommodations for in-person comfort. “We are being treated as professionals,” they said. “The district is listening to the concerns that the staff has and they are addressing it. They are not just saying ‘we’re taking care of it,’ they are following through.” With this shift in attitude, they hope to bring positivity to their students’ lives among all of the changes and potential challenges that they may face. “I get really bothered when everybody talks about learning loss from this year because all I can think of is ‘What have you learned this year by working at home?’” they said. “[My students said] hands down the number one thing [they learned] was time management. That is a great skill and there were so many valuable real world lessons that we learned this year. Just because they can’t be tested in a standardized test doesn’t mean that they are not valuable.”
MARK YOUR CALENDARS June
High School Semester Exams (Schedule TBD)
End of School Year
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 4 | FEATURE
Nishita Shah’s journey to advocacy RIDHIMA KODALI OPINION EDITOR
“[Giving back] taught me important values like compassion, being involved and leadxxxxxxNishita Shah felt ership,” Shah said. “Through something. It was like a each and every experience, I glimmer. Or maybe a spark. learned the world and I found She didn’t know exactly what my place in how I can help it was, but she knew it was and inspire other people.” something. In September, 2020 Instantaneously, she volunteered once a week Shah told her parents: at a local, vegetarian restau “It’s speaking out to rant, Hut-K Fusion, where me and this is something I she provided food to homehave to do.” less shelters. That same spark or “Now, more than glimmer came from when she ever, it is important to help helped others. support the homeless,” Shah At the age of nine, said. “COVID has taken away Shah knew that she wanted jobs, sources of income and to help out the community, made it a lot harder to find specifically homeless shelters. homeless shelters and to stay It had been a lifelong goal of supported.” hers. Shah wanted to “It’s volunteer at these nonprofits always specifically been in because she my mind personally that we had the do someopportunity thing,” to help out Shah in providing said. “Do food for the someshelter. thing to After help the volunteercommuing a couple nity by weeks in a giving row, Shah back and came to her to show parents and my apNISHITA SHAH, 12 said: preciation “It and love feels amazfor the ing and I world.” can’t help but feel that there’s Shah began her volmore to do. More that I could unteering journey in eighth do.” grade, through a nonprofit That was when the organization, Key2Finnesse. idea of “Nishi-Inspired” was She raised money to bring born. Shah’s parents were awareness to other nonprofits very supportive of her and like PALAV, Blessings In a overjoyed with the idea. Backpack, Gleansers and Gift “I was very proud of Of Life Foundation. Nishita when she shared her desire to help our community in this difficult time,” Shah’s mom Kavita said. “I could feel her passion through her bright eyes and confident speech, that this
It’s so important for us to make sure that our community here, and across the world, is united and help support each other.”
something so close to her heart, and she will pursue no matter what obstacles come in her way.” Late December, 2020 “Nishi-Inspired” came to life. For Shah, a lot went into creating this nonprofit and it was a long and difficult process. “Nishi-Inspired” has multiple missions: feeding the homeless and less fortunate, promoting vegetarianism, reducing water usage and the environmental footprint and protecting animal life. Its main mission is to provide nutritious vegetarian food (a healthier alternative) to less fortunate people. “With all of these missions, I think it benefits “Nishi-in spired” has partnered with Hut-K fusion to provide nutrious dishes to everyone,” homeless shelters. Shah is working to pepare the food above. COURTESY OF Shah said. NISHITA SHAH “It’s very, very, critical to start an organization, Shah that we help out each other, because the number of people offers this advice: “You should go for HOW TO HELP who are homeless just rose it,” Shah said. “If you have the due to all of the unfortunate THE HOMELESS passion for it, you know that circumstances.” you will be able to continue POPULATION The goal is to raise this and do it with all your $10,000 to feed one hundred heart.” people once a week in Ann Shah will continue 1. DONATE ITEMS Arbor, at the Safe House her organization as long as Many shelters are in Shelter for domestic abuse violence and the Delonis Home- she can and hopes to pass it to need of food, slightly her family, friends but most less Shelter for unemployed used items or personof all, she hopes to carry that people, senior citizens and spark and glimmer with her al hygiene items. less fortunate people. As of everywhere she goes. April, 2021, Shah has raised 2. FUNDRAISE “Helping out the 50 percent of the 10,000 dolcommunity isn’t just about MONEY lars. spreading awareness or giving “I was overThrough Facebook or your time,” Shah said. “It’s joyed,” Shah said with a big, GoFundMe, you can also about knowing that you wide smile. “It meant that easily raise money for are doing it from the heart. now I can help even more homeless shelters or people through their kind and This makes it a lot more meaningful and that’s where organizations across generous contribution.” the unity aspect comes from, After comthe country. as you all have one goal in pleting that, she wants to mind: to help each other out.” 3. VOLUNTEER AT raise $70,000 so they can With her eyes sparfeed one hundred people evA SHELTER kling and a beaming face, she ery single day. In addition, added, “That’s the beauty of Many homeless shelShah hopes to spread the it.” ters allow people to initiative of helping the homeless community nationally by help with hands-on the end of 2022. assistance. “You really have to realize, ‘it’s not just you,’ 4. ADVOCATE FOR SCAN HERE Shah said. “I think everyone POLICY CHANGES gets a hint of it sometime in Write to your contheir life and it’s their choice gressmen to advowhether they act on it or not.” For others who want cate for policies that
address and reduce “Nishi-inspired” and Hut-K Fusion volunteer by chopping, mixing, washing, preparing and delivering vegetarian food themselves. COURTESY OF NISHITA SHAH
to learn more about “Nishi-inspired”
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 5 | FEATURE
A valuable opportunity: the experience of gap years beyond Huron JADEN BOSTER STAFF WRITER Huron High School juniors and seniors are preparing for their future in the midst of a pandemic, looking at college visits, applications, acceptance letters, vocational schools and gap year programs. Post graduation plans might need to look different with social distancing, virtual learning, less in-person opportunities and restricted campus visits. In addition, Huron students have not attended in-person classes in a full year. These elements may cause some students to evaluate what comes next in a new way. According to Overseas Gap Year Consultant Julia Rogers, a gap year program could be a helpful transition from high school to college. “A gap year is an intentional break from formal education to pursue personal, practical and professional areas of
VACCINE | FROM PAGE ONE they’re given to people who are perfectly healthy. “When you have a lifethreatening illness, you might be willing to try whatever is available to you,” said Professor Surya Mallapragada, the Associate Vice President for Research at Iowa State. “But when you’re healthy and you haven’t been struck by the disease, the risk of getting a vaccine seems higher than
interest,” Rogers said. “Students take gap time for many different reasons: to explore possible careers, to take a break and recharge or to explore the world and learn new things. Many gap year programs come with opportunities to earn college credits and are welcomed experiences by many universities. It’s fairly common to have a student apply for both a gap year program and universities at the same time. Then the student defers the university acceptance to pursue the gap year program before attending a traditional college.” Kristen Clyde, a Huron High School graduate, chose to take a gap year because she was having health issues and was not academically motivated. She felt she needed to take time after high school before going on to college. Clyde did not do a specific gap year program; instead, she participated in many small program-like experiences. “Right after graduating, I went to Gold Creek, Montana to be a cabin counselor at Camp to Make a Dream (a camp for cancer patients) for a month,”
Clyde and her co-workers at The House of Ride Nature in Fort Meyers, Florida making a platform on the mini ramp. COURTESY OF KRISTEN CLYDE Clyde said. “Next, I worked for and I learned how to live on paying top dollar -- or close to a skateboarding ministry for my own,” Clyde said. “I had an it -- for an abnormal college three months in Fort Myers, emergency surgery in Florida experience. There is also a Florida. I interned at the Ride during my internship and I lot of uncertainty around if Nature coffee/surf/skate shop learned how to network and college campuses can stay and held Bible studies at skate get the help I needed. I also open. This uncertainty, parks a few days per week. learned that everyone has their combined with the high cost After my internship, I nannied own path and just because it of attending ‘Zoom University’ for two different families, is traditional to go straight makes a gap year an attractive which I really enjoyed doing, to college, does not mean it choice for many students. A as well.” is what is best for you. I also gap year takes that uncertainty Through these learned a lot about myself and turns it into opportunity.” experiences, Clyde learned and regained my identity This less typical lots of valuable lessons that after losing a lot of confidence approach to post graduation would have been most likely because of my not-so-great plans allows for another missed if she chose to not take high school career.” year to pass and more of the a gap year. With the uncertainty pandemic restrictions to be “I learned a lot about of colleges inviting students altered. A student would likely what I am passionate about back on campus, Rogers be able to have a less restricted encourages students to see experience with a gap year Top left: Clyde poses at Edge Skatepark in a weekly the benefits of a gap year. program given the small skate church event. Middle: Both Clyde and one of her “In light of the groups and unique settings housemates, Kenz, celebrate at a Halloween party at pandemic, college is a they provide. The student the skate shop where they worked. Clyde was dressed tremendous investment, as Leslie Knope during a filibuster and Kenz was and the overall cost is READ THE FULL STORY ON dressed as Jake from State Farm. Bottom Left: Clyde not changing in the face THEHURONEMERY.COM and her co-workers meet at the shop the night before of COVID,” Rogers said. she left for Michigan. COURTESY OF KRISTEN CLYDE “That means you are still
your benefit.” When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine specifically, Narasimhan attributes the slow vaccination rate to infrastructure. “These vaccines have pretty stringent storage requirements,” Narasimhan said. “Places like CVS and Walgreens don’t always have the tools to store vaccines at negative 70 degrees Celsius. There’s also the production of the vaccine itself, because the
Doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (Brad Horrigan/The Hartford Courant/TNS)
components are relatively new technology and have limited availability.” In their own community, both Narasimhan and Mallapragada think that public opinion of the vaccine is going in the right direction. “Right now it’s hard to get an appointment, because there is actually a strong demand for what vaccine supplies are available,” Mallapragada said. Of the people who don’t want to take the vaccine, Narasimhan thinks that it’s possible to change their minds. “For the people who feel as though the process is rushed, you can go back and look at the process of how the clinical trials were designed and what data was collected,” Narasimhan said. “As scientists, the best thing we can do is educate people about the methodology, the soundness of the approach and
the data itself.” Narasimhan believes that scientists have a responsibility to communicate. “It’s a two way street, between science and the media,” he said. “We have to communicate to members of the media that corners were not cut. The studies have been peer reviewed and have even more promising data than other vaccines.” Still, portrayal in the news plays a huge role in public opinion. “It’s also up to the other side that’s receiving this information to present it in a clear, unfiltered way,” Mallapragada said. “Are the number of side effects higher than expected? Absolutely not. But the few injuries receive magnified attention. As more and more people get the vaccine, the percentages of those harmful side effects decrease.”
The issue of the vaccine has become highly politicized, which both scientists think is a setback. “It can be hard to understand the motivations of politicians, but throughout world history, people have found different strategies to hold power,” Narasimhan said. “People use different tools to achieve those goals, and science has become one of those tools in today’s society.” But Mallapragada thinks the COVID-19 vaccine could actually be a turning point. “The fact that the vaccines were developed so quickly to bring relief is a major achievement,” she said. “It’s a scientific miracle. And hopefully, it will restore some faith in science.”
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 6 MAY 6 | ARTS|+ARTS ENTERTAINMENT + ENTER-
The Huron Emery’s honest guide to hybrid learning Tips on navigating back to school in this new normal MAYA KOGULAN AND KAITLYN SABB, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND FEATURE EDITOR
a mask. Yes, it 2. Wear goes over your nose.
Bring your own water bottle. Get your Hydro Flask ready. You won’t have access to the water fountains.
Bring a computer and a charger. To work in class (or more likely to watch Netflix).
Don’t eat in class. Sorry, you won’t be able to eat your lunch over four periods anymore. Eat before school, so you don’t get hungry. Huron will also be providing to-go breakfast and lunches for free.
Memorize the new schedule. Now you get to go to math twice a day! Find a copy of the schedule on our website, thehuronemery.com.
Make sure to practice social distancing. Finally, a year without PDA in the halls.
8. Be patient with the teachers and staff. Teaching on two different platforms isn’t as fun as you’d think.
If you have a free period, you will be placed in the library or cafeteria with one student per table. Don’t worry, you can still procrastinate there too.
Check yourself for symptoms. If you can’t taste your tuna salad, don’t come to school.
If you're immunized still follow the same guidelines. You are not special.
WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING THIS CRAZY YEAR! ZINGERMANSDELI.COM
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 7 | OPINION
The Young Scientist
Science Policy in the US: The Impact of Science on Society
ERIC HENG COLUMNIST
As schools and businesses reopen, as life appears to be moving towards normalcy, there has been one major driving force behind all of this: the vaccine. A triumph on the side of science, a process usually taking years or decades has been safely and effec tively compressed into a fraction of that time. Despite these recent victories, there are still so many hurdles to overcome: vaccine hesitancy remains a barrier to opening, while rogue conspiracy theories continue to hamper the ultimate goal of eradicating COVID-19. So where does the US go from here? I talked to Dr. Parthasarathy, a Professor of
Public Policy and Director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy program at the Ford School of Public Policy, at the University of Michigan, who gave some insight into the role of science and technology in the near future of the U.S. The most notable change to scientific policy in the past year has been outlook. While the previous administration dismissed science as something not quite solid, President Biden has vigorously pursued a pro-science viewpoint, urging Americans to take the vaccine and to comply with COVID-19 safety measures. Reflecting on the new administration’s positive stance on science, Parthasarathy said, “Science has always played a central role in American policymaking . We see now that the President really seems to be making sure that science is used to really help society.” Clearly, moving from a path of ignoring science back to a firm stance with science is notable progress. However, just as important as considering
The most notable change to scientific policy in the last year has been outlook.”
science as an important part of policy is what areas of science we should develop. “We tend to only really talk about science policy, maybe in terms of economic growth at a broad level but not necessarily about the direct benefit for society and for the people,” Dr. Parthasarathy said. This means that when considering why we should invest Student registered nurse Camille Endicio prepares Pfizer COVID-19 in science, we vaccination syringes at a walk-up mobile COVID-19 clinic in Los must evaluate how Angeles. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS) research could help society as a whole, rather than just heal the wounds of time, and Parthasarathy said. “You through the economic lens. integrate everyone into a know, for science to have The pandemic has diverse scientific communisocial benefits and create shown that science is powty. Only when people better social change.” erful: to deliver a vaccine in understand science and the She left a hopeful such a short amount of time spirit of discovery and curimessage. is quite the feat. However, osity behind it, can they fully “I do think your many Americans remain embrace it. generation is more politicalskeptical about the safety Finally, I asked ly aware, more concerned or efficacy of the vaccine, her why any high schooler about questions of equity or even doubt the danger of should take an interest in and justice, more open, COVID-19. the future of science in this more aware of the prob “Science is a social country. She responded with lems in the world and more institution, and unfortuher own story. thoughtful about solutions,” nately our world as we know “When I was in high she said. “And so, I suspect it has a racist, sexist past,” school, I was interested in that your generation is going Dr. Parthasarathy said. science because I thought to be able to manage to Thus, she suggested the way that it was a way to make a understand the complexities to eliminate this divide is to difference in the world,” Dr. better.”
Dear relatives and all Indians alike, I’m not your stereotype
RIDHIMA KODALI OPINION EDITOR
Dear relatives, I am not an American Born Confused Desi. Around the age of nine or ten, I was in Hyderabad, India in a room with you all and I have sometimes felt like an
outcast. After all, I wasn’t born and raised there. I looked at one girl who grandma was tutoring. She wore two braids with two navy bows tightly clipped on each side and had a swift and even middle part. She was wearing a long white shirt with navy pants underneath. I just felt the comparison about to spark and light up because I wasn’t like her at all. I wouldn’t study all day, wear braids every single day or take extra help
or tutoring. Looking at her, I felt more of an outcast than ever, because I wasn’t like her or the rest of the teenagers in India. I wasn’t fluent in Telugu as much as she was or very polite and humble. Nor would I wear Indian clothing throughout the day. I’m not quiet. I speak up when I want to. I am tired of being someone who I am not: the goody-two shoes grand-daughter. I am tired of being stuck in the mirror and not coming out of my reflection around you guys. I am tired of trying to be the perfect granddaughter who does household chores and who has your own set of “Sanskari” or values. I want to voice my opinions and I won’t just stand by and listen. Being constantly compared to the girl is when “ABCD” swooped right in. This acronym has flooded into each layer of my mind, filling me with doubt. I’ve heard it multiple times before. I’ve seen it used in
films and people have said it to me multiple times. I knew what it stood for, but I never understood it’s meaning. American Born Confused Desi? Soon after, I realized it’s a point of contention: to tell us, first-generation Indian-Americans we aren’t “Indian enough.” People do not get how offensive and derogatory it is, to use “ABCD.” Especially, in this context. Forgetting roots and culture is a perceived notion, many of you, relatives, have. You guys think I would wear certain clothes or act a certain way, because I was from America. It angers me so much I feel like I am about to burst within a second when you bring it up. They would let me believe I was an American Born Confused Desi. I admit, I don’t wear a bindi or a kurti everyday, but does that affect how I view my culture and my identity? Does it show that I’m “confused” about my culture? No, not at all. It’s like we have
to be confused and we have to question ourselves and our religion, because of all these relatives telling us what to do and how we should be. How can you perceive that I “forgot my roots” or “forgot my culture or do not know my identity?” “ABCD” has been stereotyped into IndianAmericans. We are forced to act a certain way, follow certain rules or even wear certain clothes. But we don’t have to. I don’t have to. Let me remind you, curiosity and confusion are two completely different things, which many Indians, including you guys, fail to realize. So, next time when you say something like, “Of course, since you are from America you do this,” keep in mind, I am not confused. I know why we do certain things everyday or most days, like pray. Or why we celebrate certain festivals or why we do rituals. But, before you go, I want to leave you with one thing. I want you to know this: I am not an American Born Confused Desi. Sophomore Ridhima Kodali discusses about how she is aware I am an American of her culture. GRAPHIC BY RIDHIMA KODALI Born Desi.
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 8 | OPINION
Some things wrong with the Grammys: I can’t list them all
Research finds that 61 percent of American women regularly take steps to avoid being sexually assaulted. These conscientious steps range from simple actions such as wearing bright-colored clothes when out at night to completely re-routing their way home to choose the most lit streets. ALLISON MI
As if women didn’t even exist will always be this “what if.” Research finds that 61 percent of American women regularly take steps to avoid being sexually assaulted. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National ALLISON MI Network (RAINN) reported COPY EDITOR that one in nine girls under the age of 18 were sexually “No,” my mom said to abused or assaulted at the me. “Don’t wear those.” hands of an adult, and females She pointed to my ages 16-19 are four times white pair of athletic shorts — more likely than the general my shorts that ended several population to be victims of inches higher than where my rape, attempted rape or sexual fingertips did. It didn’t matter assault. About one in five that it was almost 80 degrees women in the U.S. reported that day and that I would be completed or attempted rape sitting in a cramped car for at some point in their life. two hours straight for driver’s Despite all efforts, ed. She was not going to let there is only so much a can me wear my Speed Up highof pepper spray and a She’s rise shorts, and I knew why. Birdie alarm can do. As in the My driver’s ed instructor is recent horrific case of South male. My London’s driving Sarah partner, Everard, who sits in there is the car, is only so I t doesn’t matter how many wellalso a guy. much lit streets I choose or how bright I changed wearing into the my jacket is, or who I called a a bright leggings. minute earlier to let them know turquoise my location, there will always be jacket, By the time being I was six, this ‘what if.’” on a call stacked with her in-between my colorful boyfriend for part of the time, books about Fancy Nancy and and choosing well-lit streets Pinkalicious were hardcovers can do. And Everard’s case of “My Body Belongs To was an even more egregious Me” and “I Said No!” By the example of how unfair society age of seven, the knowledge can be to women because the that I had to protect myself person designed to protect by reporting to my parents her, a police officer, was the unwanted and inappropriate attacker. interactions with others was The fact that it’s even hammered into my brain considered normal for women better than my times table to take all of these precautions and subjunctive verbs. and to own all of these Today, I feel as if gadgets shows to what extent I’m walking on eggshells. It women have to conform to the doesn’t matter how many design of society, rather than well-lit streets I choose, how the other way around. The bright my jacket is or who I truth is society is designed for called a minute earlier to let men by men, and the problem them know my location, there
goes beyond the lone, dark streets. Other fields that end up bearing on women’s safety, such as architecture, design and urban planning, are also dominated by men. The overwhelming gap for gender data has led to a one-sizefits-men agenda, meaning that the elements that we encounter on an everyday basis are tested primarily with men in mind. From crash-test dummies based around the 50th-percentile male to desk heights which are designed to suit the average male body, the world is designed as if women didn’t exist. Change needs to come from a reconsideration of these designs, and in the case of Everard and others similarly attacked, we need a reassessment of the individuals assigned to overseeing safety. Conforming society to women will allow us to inch closer to the goal of a country where women’s safety and comfort is equally valued, a place where we don’t have to think twice about wearing shorts, or to feel worried about leaving the house because the sun is setting. A few days ago, my mom and I were looking over the old books she had bought. I flipped through the pages of the “I Said No!” picture book. The cover is of a boy with an assertive face holding up a bright red flag. “Why did you get this for me?” I asked my mom. She looked at the cover of the book, then back at me. “I just want you to be able to protect yourself,” she said. “You hope for good, but prepare for the bad.”
didn’t receive a single nomination for this year, I began to think the Grammys lack of musical taste had repeated itself once again. VISH GONDESI The Weeknd’s ONLINE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF single “Blinding Lights” was arguably in contenxxxxxxxEven though tion for song and record Kanye publicly urinated of the year, and even on one of his Grammys set the record for most in the past, he still won weeks in the top 10 of the one for his album “Jesus Hot 100, spending over a is King” in the category year in this position. Contemporary Christian Furthermore, Music. It might be vulhis album “After Hours” gar, but it’s a fitting way peaked at number one to describe the current on Billboard’s charts direction of the show. on April 4, along with I’ve never really setting its own share of cared for the Grammys. records. Watching award shows In light of the has never been a prefevents, the Weeknd erence of mine -- and said that the Grammys for an event which is were “corrupt,” and that supposed to highlight he would no longer be the pinnacle of music allowing his record label achievement, I’ve heard to submit his songs for way too much backlash voting. His voice joins about it to actually tune the many others who in. But even from my have expressed disconoutside viewpoint, it’s tent for the event, recent inherently flawed; the examples of which being Grammys may have all Halsey alluding to voter the glitz and glamor but corruption and Justin they don’t have common Bieber wondering why sense. his album was placed in Just take the the pop category instead selection of Mackleof what he intended to more winning “Best be R&B. At this point the Rap Album” in the same number of artists who year in which Kenderick lambasted the event are Lamar produced “good countless, and a select kid m.A.A.d city,” which few like the Weeknd got an RIAA three times have just cut all ties in platinum compared to general. Macklemore’s one time Reading the platinum, or even this complaints, the most year when H.E.R’s “I prominent issue seems can’t breathe” beat out to be the process. While Roddy Ricch’s “The it’s revealed for everyone Box” in spite of having to analyze, it somehow about 333.5 million less still lacks clarity. To views on YouTube. Sure start, submissions are statistics aren’t the major screened by a variety of factor of these awards, anonymous experts (350 but Macklemore even in total) in their respecapologized to Lamar for tive musical fields, who getting the Grammy, check their eligibility and providing evidence that sometimes the READ THE FULL STORY ON Grammys makes flat-out THEHURONEMERY.COM wrong decisions. And when I heard that the Weeknd
The Weeknd’s album “After Hours” peaked at number one on Billboard’s charts on April 4, 2021. File:The Weeknd at Bumbershoot 2015 (21367628469).jpg by Kayla Johnson from Seattle, United States is licensed under CC BY 2.0
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 9 | OPINION
FLIP THE SCRIPT ON BEAUTY STANDARDS ANNABELLE YE GUEST WRITER
When I was younger, I used to draw out the fairytale fantasies I would make up in my head. The beautiful, irresistible princess was always “the perfect girl.” We’ve all seen an instance of “the perfect girl” depicted in the movies and books we love: big, beautiful eyes full of color framed by long curled lashes and voluminous hair that looked like sunshine. Everywhere I looked, those Eurocentric features were labeled as desirable, and that was what I pictured my princesses had every time. It was never the boring black eyes that would disappear when I smiled. It was never the flat, black hair that felt like dry grass. Even my Asian relatives would celebrate Eurocentric features. “Avoid the sun! Your skin will look lighter and prettier!” they would say to me every time I went to visit. Year after year, I would awkwardly laugh it off as they took pictures of me and edited on layers of skin lightening filters. My face would heat up with embarrassment as I cringed at the artificial filters that made my face look over-
exposed with light and washed out my eyebrows and the creases in my face. Over time, as I looked at those pictures of me in photo albums, I began to give in to their narrative of the beauty standards. My insecurities really started to take shape in middle school, which just so happened to be the same time I got social media. The more and more I scrolled through these ideal snapshots of other people’s lives, the more unhappy I was with my own appearance and my Asian features. I would put on those filters on Snapchat and Instagram -- the ones that tweaked my features to fit my desired description. A straight, slim nose. Light hair. Light eyes. Double eyelids. Visible eyelashes. Eyes that didn’t look like slits when I laughed and smiled. Social media can have multiple roles in forming one’s own perception of beauty. ALLISON MI I would think to myself, “If I up oddly resembling that one that was once the culprit for my and loving the way she looked. had all that, my face would be unsettling picture of Miley insecurities started to become a I began to see another side of perfect.” Cyrus, minus the piercing blue safe place. I discovered that the social media -- one that gave I tried to “fix” these eyes staring deep into your soul. self-doubt that I’ve always felt me confidence in my own Asian insecurities. I would was shared identity. search up nose re It by so many Beauty may be “in the shaping exercises, has taken me people in the eye of the beholder,” but the which ended up some time Asian comEurocentric beauty standards only making skin to start to munity. portrayed in the media and set red and my nasal accept and I would find in many parts of today’s society bones hurt. I embrace my inspiration sure don’t make it easy for many would try to use and reassuryoung people of color to see eyelash curlers to own feaance in myself that. Self love and acceptance make my straight tures, and it’s still someevery time I is a challenge when the “pereyelashes visible, thing that read an Insfection” that is represented on which would end I continue tagram post our screens and books look up staying curled for to struggle about Asian nothing like us. We will never approximately five with. In women and be the media’s “perfect girl,” but minutes. I would many ways, embracing if we recognize the fact that we force my eyes our culture, or are remarkable in our own way, wide open when my relationwhen I would even without eyes full of color taking pictures, ship with social media took an unexpectsee a TikTok of a girl like me and sunshine hair, that in itself which would ed twist this year. The place talking about self-confidence is beauty. always end
Self love and acceptance is a challenge when the ‘pefection’ that is represented on our screens and books look nothing like us.”
Heartbreaking and apalling would be an understatement We want to Staff Editorial: Complacency and awareness won’t stop AAPI hate “You don’t belong here.” On March 29, 2021, a 65-year-old Filipino woman in New York City was on her way to church when she was told that, but not before she was punched, kicked and stomped on. She was later hospitalized with serious injuries. From the eight innocent people who were shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia this March, six of whom were Asian women, to 61-year old Yao Pan Ma, who was attacked in East Harlem in April and left in a medically induced coma, fighting for his life, calling these situations heartbreaking and appalling would be
an understatement. All victims were targeted -- not because they did something wrong -- but simply because of their race. We, at The Emery, fully acknowledge and absolutely condemn any mistreatment, no matter how small or large it may be perceived as, towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. According to the “Stop AAPI Hate” project, there have been about 3,800 hate incidents from March of 2020 to February of 2021. In fact, as reported by NBC, attacks on Asian Americans have risen to about 150 percent in the first quarter of 2021.
These staggering numbers and, sadly, real stories, only remind us that we still have much work to do. Out of Huron’s 1,614 students, 22 percent are Asian, and the thought that any of our peers could experience such hate is truly sickening. At The Emery, we promise to never be complacent. In today’s society, there is always something more to do, another step to take and another hand to lend when it comes to promising equality and justice for all. Simply spreading awareness is not enough. We believe in standing up and speaking out when we see injustice happening. Though it may be
easy to pinpoint the largescale, violent struggles, the smaller, more concealed aggressions are judt as important to bring to our attention. As we proceed, our publication will work harder to ensure that we use our platform to share the stories that need to be told and that we are uplifting the diverse voices that make up Huron and our community. We encourage everyone who has a story that needs to be heard to reach out to us. Always stand up for what’s right, especially when the majority isn’t, because that’s how we become the change.
Write for The Emery! Submit your pitch to The Emery for a chance to be featured in the next issue’s “Student Voices.” Scan the QR code to learn more about this great opportunity!
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY
10 | STOP AAPI HATE
Asian Americans of the Ann Arbor sp Kira Zh ao: Reflections on bei ng Chi nese RIDHIMA KODALI OPINION EDITOR In a brief second, she quickly got up from her gray folding chair. “You see that?” sophomore Kira Zhao questioned, as she used her left hand to point to her right palm. The area was approximately 2.75 inches from the tip of her index finger to where she pointed. “That’s Ann Arbor,” Zhao said, pointing to it. “Anything outside of this [area], I don’t feel accepted.” All her life, Zhao grew up in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She said she had dealt with some “offensive” comments. “Some people have said, ‘Your food smells bad,’” Zhao said. “Or ‘Do you want to be so unhealthy?’ Just because I eat Chinese food everyday. Some would even do the ‘fox eyes’ as a way to impersonate East Asians. Also, I have also been told, ‘You’re Asian, you’re smart,
give me the answers.’” Having heard microaggressions and comments, Zhao believes that it has been drilled into not only her brain, but also most Asian Americans. “It starts from when we were young,” Zhao explained. “It’s happened so often to us -- [the negative comments and microaggressions] -- that we think it’s okay for them to do that and I personally didn’t realize how offensive they were. Now, I’ve educated myself more and have grown as well, and learned that it isn’t okay and I have the ability to say ‘Stop, it’s not right.’ ” Zhao feels like all of this has led to an identity crisis and she claims to still be in one. “I’ve definitely Sophomore Kira Zhao feels she is having an identity crisis. “Whenever I go to China, I am never become more self-conscious considered ‘Chinese’ because I was raised in America, but when I’m in America, I’m not Ameriabout them and hearing can, because I am Chinese.” ALLISON MI those made me feel less ‘Chinese’ because I was raised Zhao has become more alert welcoming and not a “microAmerican, and I’ve had a in America, but when I’m in and more cautious, especially aggression oriented” school. personal struggle,” Zhao America, I’m not American, with the ongoing hate crimes. “People in Ann Arbor said. “Whenever I go to because I am Chinese.” “Whenever I go out, I and at Huron in general are China, I am never considered With COVID-19, it has am aware of the fact that more accepting,” Zhao said. now been even more people surrounding me could “It’s just that I’m more self amplified, according to possibly blame me,” Zhao said. conscious about myself. I feel Zhao. “I feel like I am not “Whenever I step like I am good enough outside [of Ann Arbor], living this and then it they give off a weird look c o n s t a n t makes me Whenever I step outside feel like I’m like, ‘Why are you here?’ m i n d s e t and the way they stare where it’s not equal or of Ann Arbor they give at me is as if I am not like, ‘What as good of a off a weird look like a person,” Zhao said. are they person.” “They literally stare at going to Zhao is still ‘why are you here’ and us for ambience, and think?’ Do educating the way they stare at yes, COVID originated they think herself more from China, but I don’t I’m the and more me is as if I am not a understand why they problem?” every day. person.” are attacking or blaming Additionally, the Asian American With this she is also on KIRA ZHAO, 10 community and why c o n s t a n t the path to they don’t treat us like discovering humans. They purposely who she really make it a point to not be “unhealthy” mindset Zhao is. by us or to go a separate deals with, she hasn’t been “I think [us becoming direction.” going out that much. the stereotypes] is the Zhao took a brief “Where was all this problem,” Zhao said. “Even pause. media attention last year?” I at a point made these “It’s like they’re Zhao said. “During COVID jokes without realizing how accusing me of doing [2020 summer] there was deprecating they are; it’s something to them,” also the Black Lives Matter become who we are and it’s Zhao said. “I didn’t Movement, and a lot of not who we are though.” even do anything and political things going on, and I As she widened one person in my race feel like a lot of the hate crimes her dark black eyes, she doesn’t define my race. got overshadowed and they said assertively, “We need It doesn’t define who I shouldn’t have been.” to show society we’re more am.” At Huron particularly, than just ‘A+, piano-playing Now going outside, Zhao observed a more Asians.’”
Of Asian Americans make up the total American Populations.
Of 1,614 students that attend Huron are Asian.
is how much the Asian American population grew in the U.S. between 2000 and 2015.
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 11 | STOP AAPI HATE
peak out on their American experience The problem with the model mi nority myth VIRGINIA HE
GUEST WRITER On March 16, 2021, eight innocent individuals, including six Asian women, were shot to death in Atlanta, Georgia. When the news broke, a piece of me broke as well. It was a day I’ll never forget: the initial shock of seeing the headlines, the VIRGINIA bottomless pit of dread in my stomach immediately after, the pain, the anger and the
sadness. Every emotion overcame me in waves. In the days following the shooting, I spent a lot of time thinking about the current state of this world we live in. And during this time, it felt like there was an internal battle between two voices in my head: a voice that told me it’s okay to feel what I was feeling, and a voice that told me that I was overreacting. A voice that told me I wasn’t allowed to grieve and speak up because Asians don’t face extreme racism and that we have it easier than everyone else. Society has built up a superficial image for the entirety of Asian HE, 10 Americans: that we’re smart, wealthy, law-abiding citizens that do no harm and
The concept of a ‘model minority’ has been used to normalize racism against the Asian American community.“
labelling us as the “model minority.” And on the outside, that image may seem ideal. However, the problem with the model minority myth lies deeper than surface-level stereotypes. The concept of a “model minority” has been used to normalize racism against the Asian American community. In a country that prides itself in diversity, classmates pulling back their eyes to mock Asian features is “normal.” Peers yelling “Ching Chong” to our faces is “normal.” Others flaunting sexualized versions of our traditional clothes is “normal.” Even a president equating our humanity with a virus is “normal.” We have been dubbed as a “model minority” as a result of false assumptions regarding Asian culture. The origins of this myth date back to when sociologist William Pettersen introduced the phrase in 1966. In his article, “Success
Story, Japanese American Style,” Pettersen cited Asian Americans’ ability to “overcome discrimination” through “Confucian values, work ethic, centrality of family and genetic superiority.” However, one major factor that Pettersen failed to mention was the 1965 Immigration Act, which
Turn to the last page to read “What i t means to be Asian American” STOP AAPI HATE| FROM PAGE ONE my contact,” Lee said.
Afterward, during a fortuitous Zoom meeting, Lee met Emily Ku, the president of the Asian Pacific Islander coalition of the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
said. “It just got real. I have nothing for my son, and I need something. We need to address this, and we’re going to write a book.” By June, Lee started mobilizing some of her like-minded colleagues. She first reached out to Maggie Chen, a clinical social worker and freelance g r a p h i c When Lee designer who expressed had designed to Ku her some of Lee’s “Young, Proud, and Sungconcern that presentations Jee” was published on there were no Issuu in August, 2020. Scan for research. children’s books “I knew the QR code to read it. addressing this I could come up issue, Ku was intrigued. Lee with a storyline, but I couldn’t then proposed her idea of codraw for the life of me, so I writing a book with Ku and needed somebody who’s really inviting Chen as a designer. good at art, and Maggie was
Lee further explained that as a doctoral candidate, she wouldn’t be able to pay them. Nevertheless, they were both “100 percent on board.” On Aug. 20, 2020, “Young, Proud, and Sung-Jee” was released on the publishing platform Issuu, making it available without charge to anyone. “It was really important to us to make it free and accessible so that it could reach the largest number of people,” Lee said. “We don’t want this book to be behind a paywall. Especially during COVID-19 with the economic downturn, we’re mindful that the AAPI communities are very diverse and that plenty of families are struggling with poverty.” The overall feedback to “Young, Proud, and SungJee’’ has been overwhelmingly “a positive perception.” Lee received enthusiastic feedback from principals, and was even invited to a virtual morning rally at an elementary school
READ THE FULL STORY ON THEHURONEMERY.COM
On March 26, 2021, 200 people gathered in front of Angell Hall to grieve the victims of anti-Asian violence in Atlanta and reflected on its impact on the AAPI community. JULIE PARK
We can all see that we’re different, and that’s a wonderful thing. It’s a beautiful thing.” JOYCE LEE Co-author of “Young, Proud, and Sung-Jee”
in San Francisco, where she introduced the book to the kids and a teacher read it to the entire student body. In addition, well-known figures such as Evelyn Yang, presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s wife, and former newscaster Jane Park have tweeted about it. As for now, Lee is finding different ways to teach her son about racism and race, even though he has not yet learned to read, especially as she has recently become aware that as early as six months, babies can differentiate between diverse racial groups. “It’s never too early to start,” Lee said thoughtfully. “I’m now much more
conscientious about picking books that have diverse races of different babies. Eventually, I want Luka to be able to appreciate all people but not pretend that color isn’t there. We can all see that we’re different, and that’s a wonderful thing. It’s a beautiful thing.” Lee dedicated “Young, Proud, and Sung-Jee” to Luka. The illustration on the last page features Sung-Jee bending over her baby brother’s crib. The brother -- inspired by Luka -- is fast asleep as his sister whispers into his ear, “You’re beautiful and perfect. I love you. Let’s be proud of who we are.”
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 12 | ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT
Quickly: The go-to place for any bubble tea fan LYDIA HARGETT AND KIANA HEMATI NEWS EDITOR AND SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR Quickly, a new boba tea shop, opened amidst COVID-19, replacing the long standing Bubble Island, which had been in that location, on South U. since 2002. Opening in January this year, the shop has followed all protocols necessary, including offering takeout and reducing the amount of seating inside. Quickly offers a wide variety of drinks and food for customers to enjoy, including many different tea combinations and snacks. They offer a Tiger Milk tea, which is a cross between Thai and Classic milk tea. There are also many classic boba
drinks including matcha, Oreo and taro. They also serve many fruit tea drinks for anyone who loves green or black tea. A few of the unique options include honeydew, lychee and grapefruit. If you prefer sweeter drinks, the lychee is for you, but if you want a more flavorful and tart tea, the grapefruit is a great choice. Overall, their fruit teas lack sweetness and flavor but are definitely a lighter option compared to the milk teas. Other drink options available are slushies or Snows, also known as smoothies, as well as boba lattes, which come in classic and new flavors. All drinks are customizable to the customers preference,
Quickly is a great place fo bubble tea and has great snacks, including fries, chicken tenders and mochi raffles. LYDIA HARGETT
including sweetness level, ice level and any toppings. A wide variety of toppings are offered including tapioca pearls, lychee jellies and exclusive to Quickly, popping boba. The prices of Quickly’s drinks are slightly lower
compared to different boba shops around town, around 50 cents less, and they offer two different sizes of drinks: regular and large. Along with many drink options, Quickly also has a vast selection of food and snacks to choose from. One of their most popular items is the mochi waffles. These waffles are soft on the outside, but chewy on the inside as they are filled with a gooey mochi center. The flavors include taro, matcha, nutella and many more. The waffles have a great texture and presentation, however, the flavor could be stronger.
Similarly, their egg puffs are also made with a crepe like texture and filled with the flavor of your choice. Quickly also has snacks such as crab rangoons, popcorn chicken and fries for more filling options. Their curly fries are served in a mini bag and come with enough to share. No contact ordering is available by kiosks placed around the store, which have pictures of different items on the menu. The boba shop is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday. If you are a fan of bubble tea, you must head downtown and try Quickly.
Vietnamese immigrant brings traditional food restaurant to Ann Arbor KAITLYN SABB FEATURE EDITOR
Hoping to immerse their new community in their Vietnamese culture, awareness and food, Son Le and his parents opened up their first restaurant in an old pizza joint. Even though not everything has been spectacular in the approximately 30 years Son Le and his parents have been open, they have never experienced discrimintation due to their race, much like other restaurants in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. Through misinformation and racism in many parts of the world, Asian culture, food and businesses have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19. However, Ann Arbor is lucky to have limited instances of boycotting Asian restaurants solely due to their
ethnic cuisine. “Everybody suffered during the pandemic,” Le said. “But prior to that, we had very good business.” Restaurants in the Ann Arbor area have commented on the limited racism experienced in the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area, which is quite the contrary to Asian restaurants located in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities’ Chinatowns. Many restaurant owners have commented that the streets of Chinatown and their businesses are empty. “We have no problem with the customers,” co-owner of Dalat Vietnamese, Son Le, said. “We like to get along with everyone, so all of our customers can be happy. We don’t have any complaints about racism.”
After founding his countries brought their food in restaurant along with his parents there. I offered for them to try out on April 5, 1990, Le said he has food and they liked it. So, I wanted experienced no racism in the to introduce more of my recipes to Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor community. Le’s first store location near READ THE FULL STORY ON Eastern Michigan University THEHURONEMERY.COM Central Campus on Cross Street was an old pizza parlor that he passed and decided to restore after encouragement from friends and family. “I used to work there at the Graduate Library, so there’s diversity there,” Le said. “We used to have lots of small parties where A lunch bento box, for the price of $11.25 features: different people stir-fried chicken, shredded cabbage and more. from different COURTESY OF SON LE
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY
13 | ARTS+ENTERTAINMENT
‘Minari’: A beautiful representation of the American dream EILENE KOO STAFF WRITER When I asked my parents why they wanted to watch Minari, they gave me three reasons. First off, it’s a movie that is mostly in Korean. English is harder for my parents to understand and they claim they get headaches if they focus too hard on translating English to Korean while watching a movie. Being able to understand a movie in its entirety makes it a much more enjoyable experience. Secondly, they know these Korean actors and can see the differences between them. I laughed very hard when my mom elaborated on this point. She grew up watching American films that starred Audrey Hepburn, Charles Bronson, Elizabeth Taylor and Gregory Peck, and can easily tell who’s who. But the more recent American actors all look the same to her. According to her, if an American actress changed clothes, my mom thinks a new actress appeared in the movie. This doesn’t happen with Korean actors, which makes the movie less confusing to them. Finally, Minari is telling a story that my parents know. They have
encountered hundreds of Koreans and other Asian immigrants who have told stories similar to the one illustrated in the film. More importantly, Minari is about a Korean family living in an unfamiliar country, a story that resonates with us as a family. Despite the fact that a Korean-American was directing it and there was a full Korean cast, I thought I already knew what the story was going to be about: an Asian family immigrates to the United States in search of a better future, faces language and cultural barriers, experiences financial strain and probably endures some racism from the local community. Going back to my parents’ third reason for wanting to watch this movie, we have heard hundreds of Asian immigrant stories and they are similar to each other. What made Minari different? To explore this question, I decided to watch it with my parents on a chilly Saturday evening in the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor. Minari is a semiautobiographical film that is written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung. It follows the story of the Yi family, who moved from California to rural Arkansas in the 1980s. Jacob (Steven Yeun) has a dream to build a farm, but Monica (Yeri Han) thinks it’s an impractical use of their already short supply of money. Throughout the film, you can feel the tension Youn Yuh-jung recently won an Oscar for her role as Soonja, the first Korean actor to do so.
Steven Yeun, right, in “Minari” with Alan Kim. (COURTESY OF SUNDANCE INSTITUTE/TNS) between the couple and so did their children; Anne (Noel Kate Cho) and David (Alan Kim) wrote “Don’t fight” on paper airplanes that they threw into the room when their parents fought. In an attempt to remedy their relationship, Jacob agrees to invite his mother-in-law, Soonja (Youn Yuh-jung), to stay with their family in Arkansas. She comes bearing gifts and food from Korea, which are appreciated by the couple, but not so much by David. My experience as a Korean-American was not identical to the Yi family’s, but I still saw parts of my life reflected throughout the entire movie. The accented English of the parents, the fusion of Korean and English David uses, the strong headed father, the worried and exasperated mother, the grandmother who refuses to stay still and relax at her daughter’s home, the siblings who spoke English with each other and Korean to their parents, the food, the
glances from white people in a community with few Asians; I recognized everything and a sense of familiarity washed over me. I finally felt represented in American media in a way that didn’t force my culture or my ethnicity into a stereotype. But what takes Minari to a higher level is Chung’s master storytelling. Chung powerfully communicated every kind of emotion -- joy, pain, sorrow, disappointment, awkwardness -- for every second of the film. But I think these emotions not only appealed to Korean or other Asian immigrants, but to all of those who immigrated to the United States. Minari is a beautiful representation of what the American Dream means to immigrants. We can see its implied promise for a better future in the lush green fields surrounding the family’s mobile home and the economic potential of Jacob’s farm. But Chung makes sure that we also see the hardships
immigrants must endure to survive in America and how this promised future can collapse in seconds. This is what made Minari stand out for me. Chung transformed a simple story about an immigrant family into an artistic expression of the wonder and heartbreak that is present in many stories about immigration. Overall, the acting and directing was phenomenal, creating a familial atmosphere that warmed my heart but kept me on the edge of my seat, hoping that the Yi family would succeed. The soundtrack (composed by Emile Mosseri) complemented the mood of the film and provided a gentle ending with “Rain Song,” sung by the actress Yeri Han. Even if you’re not Korean, I still highly recommend you watch Minari because there is something for everyone to gain from watching it.
THE EMERY READS: MIDDLE EASTERN NOTE: These books contain imagery and language that may be triggering to some audiences.
“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini “The Kite Runner” is a moving tale by Afghan-American writer Khaled Hosseini. The book follows Amir who, at the beginning of
the novel, is just a young boy living in Kabul, Afghanistan. He comes from a well-off family but sees a lower-class boy, Hassan, being taken advantage of by other children. As Amir grows up, his life in relation to Hassan changes for better and worse. “The Kite Runner” is critically acclaimed for its insight into how children and adults consider grief and guilt in the context of Afghanistan. Throughout the book, Hassan experiences changes in Afghanistan’s political and cultural climate, which gives insight to readers interested in Afghanistan’s history. This is one of Hosseini’s many amazing books. Other informative reads include “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and “Sea Prayer.” “The Kite Runner” can also be found in a graphic novel format, and the audiobook is available to AAPS students on Sora.
around the Six-Day war, the novel starts out with times of general peace and hopeful prosperity. The Yacoubs in particular are Arab, and witness the destruction of their homes, which leads to Westernization and identity conflict for the later generations. Alyan considers many aspects of the war, including the impact to wealthy and high-status people versus poor families, to those who have moved to other countries to escape the horrors, and of the consequences to those who choose to stay. “Salt Houses” envelops the reader into the sorrow and joy of the Yacoubs and “Salt Houses” is informative of the direct impact by Hala Alyan to both sides of the decades-long Centered around three conflict. “Salt houses” is available generations of the Yacoub family, “Salt as a book to AAPS students on Sora. Houses’’ considers the impact of the Israel-Palestine conflict on everyone in the region. While Alyan focuses
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 14 | SPORTS
Overcoming an ACL injury: Huron’s Maya Hester ALLISON MI COPY EDITOR Molly Hester sat cozily on her home’s umber Lawson couch, watching the livestream of her daughter’s basketball game (Huron v. Ypsilanti) on her MacBook when she saw it all happen. It was at the 20-minute mark when her daughter, Huron senior Maya Hester, misstepped and heard the tell-tale pop from her knee. Dressed in the white tank top uniform with a bold forest green 5, Maya rolled onto the gymnasium floor, immediately grabbing her knee. “It was just a lot at once and I was overwhelmed,” Maya recalled. “I was freaking out and just kind of hysterical. I was trying to convince myself that I didn’t know what it was, but I felt like I was pretty sure it was my ACL.” ` As a soccer player with over a dozen years of experience under her belt, witnessing ACL injuries was not uncommon to her. In fact, each year, 120,000 athletes in the United States suffer from
an ACL injury. However, Maya never imagined she would be numbered among that group. As Maya hobbled off the court with the help of her trainers, her mother was already in her GMC Terrain, on her way to Huron. Ten minutes later, while the trainer was asking Maya for her mother’s contact information, Maya felt a pair of hands gently rest on her shoulders, and turned her head to that familiar violet NorthFace fleece. It was Molly. “Seeing her really calmed me down,” Maya said. While the basketball game continued, Maya stood behind the benches, practicing with the crutches the trainer handed her. “My trainer said to me, ‘It’ll be okay and it’s not the end of the world,’ but at that moment, it just felt like it,” Maya said. Later that week, it was confirmed through an MRI that Maya had the dreaded ACL injury. Her injury was no longer just a lingering fear. It was for real. She was
Maya is a multi-sport athlete and plays basketball in the winter, and soccer in the spring. COURTESY OF MAYA HESTER
Senior Maya Hester watches her teammates take on the Skyline Eagles on April 14 with her crutches beside her. Hester tore her ACL during basketball season. Her surgery was held on April 7. As she continues her rehabilitation, she hopes to play soccer at the next level at Kalamazoo College. SARA BADALAMENTE now one out of that 120,000. “The first week was really rough,” she admitted. “I just remember crying every day and just being so sad. It all happened so fast.” A full recovery from this injury is predicted to take six to nine months. This means that Maya will be unable to return to play soccer in the fall for Kalamazoo College as she had planned. “I feel like at first I was in such a denial, and I still haven’t completely accepted it,” she said. “Sometimes I think I’ll be back soon, but it’s really not that soon.” Maya’s surgery was on April 7. “Now I’m just kindof scared,” she said. “It’s a really long road ahead.” Despite being unable
to play, Maya still attended Over the weeks, every game, sitting on the Maya realized that life was benches and cheering her not actually that different. teammates on. “My life is going to go on like normal,” “I really she said. “It feels wanted like a huge deal to finish but it’s not going out the to last forever. season,” I’m just on she said. crutches now.” “For me personally, Remembering j u s t the exact date because and time of it is my this notorious s e n i o r incident? For year, I Maya that’s wanted to a free throw: be a part Friday, March MAYA HESTER, 12 of Huron as 5, after 6 p.m. much as I With a laugh can before I have to go. And she said, “I will remember then I just wanted to still feel that moment forever.” part of the team, even though I couldn’t be on the court.”
My trainer said to me, ‘It’ll be okay and it’s not the end of the world,’ but at the moment, it just felt like it.”
Mandatory antigen testing implemented for Huron spring sports teams VISH GONDESI ONLINE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Of the 400 antigen tests distributed to spring sports athletes per week, athletic director Tony Whiren goes through each one. He’s in charge of procuring the tests in a work order and ensuring the proper paperwork is filled out correctly, along with his numerous other tasks in running spring sports. While regularly testing athletes is helping reduce the spread and allowing them to keep playing, mandatory antigen testing isn’t an easy endeavor. “If it was optional we probably wouldn’t do it,” Whiren said. “If it was optional we probably wouldn’t be testing 400 athletes a week, that’s for sure. I don’t know how many athletes would want to get tested because it wouldn’t be a
priority. Making it mandatory makes it a priority.” According to the CDC, “Antigen tests are immunoassays that detect the presence of a specific viral antigen,” from the surface molecules of the virus. The antigen tests use lower nasal swab samples, and is less sensitive than the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Therefore, a positive result means likely infection, yet at the same time, false negatives are more common. To account for this, people who register positive tests are confirmed with a PCR test. A COVID-19 tracking sheet, listing people in close contact with the person, is given to the county in order for them to call other people who need to follow quarantine protocols. “It’s been stressful at time,” Whiren said. “I’m struggling with everything else
I have to do administrative where they would test. that everyone is getting it wise. Everything else with “They’re mandatory done, doing it right and that teams, making sure everyone’s because they want to open everyone is accountable,” doing it right, making sure things up and they want to Whiren said. “And you’re everyone is being accounted stop the spread,” Whiren said. always constantly reminding for -- over 400 athletes -- Testing usually [teams] to record and send making sure everyone is takes about 45 minutes for data. It’s a lot of legwork, getting it done. There’s a lot each team. a lot of indirect reminders of trust; you gotta trust your “You always hope and a lot of texting.” coaches.” Antigen tests were also delivered to winter sports about halfway into their seasons. However, in comparison to the winter, testing became mandatory, with spring sport coaches having more time to set up the logistics Women’s Junior Varsity soccer coach, Sara Badalamente, sets up her antiof how and gen testing station. JESSICA TAI
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 15 | SPORTS
Huron men’s basketball’s last-minute COVID-19 scare long,” Samaha said. “While it QUINN NEWHOUSE was disappointing to get the news, we just knew we had to SPORTS EDITOR keep pushing forward. We lost Huron’s men’s our season to COVID-19 last basketball team has struggled year, and we aren’t going to let with COVID-19 all year it beat us twice.” long, but no one could have Two of the JV players anticipated how hard of a hit called up were freshmen: this team would face just mere Jackson Keefer and Elijah days before the start of the Hayward. playoffs. “The most important The team was factor for our young guys is to undergoing standard trust their training,” Samaha COVID-19 antigen tests, and it said. “They have been wellwas revealed that an unnamed coached by our 9th and JV varsity player had tested coaches. They are prepared positive. A large portion of for this moment. Trust the the JV and varsity teams both senior leaders to show them had to quarantine at the worst the way. Compete as hard time possible: the week of the as they can and play through playoffs. mistakes.” However, Huron was Senior guard Jake extremely lucky. With only Watkins, who was playing in four total players eligible, the his second year on varsity, felt team caught a lucky break confident the team could play with a first-round bye, just in well against Saline. Huron time for eight JV players to be beat Saline both times they eligible for the playoffs. played in the regular season. In head coach Waleed “It was crazy, but Samaha’s words, “Had we when we found out four of our not earned a bye in the seniors could still play with tournament’s first round, we some JV players, I knew they would have played our first could get it done,” Watkins game on Tuesday, March 23 said. with just four players. And Just like last year’s yes, we would have shown up team that couldn’t finish their with four and competed for 32 season due to COVID-19, this minutes!” year’s team was a favorite to This wasn’t the team’s win the state championship. first COVID-19 pause. At one “For playoffs, we knew point to make up for the time we were still highly favored in they missed, they had to play almost every game, so we were three games in three days. making sure we got everyone’s They won all three. best shot, and what happened “We have battled previously was completely out through COVID-19 all season the window,” Watkins said.
Left: Senior Devin Womack glances at the bench as he dribbles. Womack will play collegiate basketball at Lake Superior State University with his Huron teammates Kingsley Perkins and Tyson Edmondson. Top Right: The starting five huddles up with coaches before the state championship against Grand Blanc. Grand Blanc won 45-36 pulling away in the final minutes. Bottom Right: Senior Kingsley Perkins contests a shot by RJ Taylor. CAITLYN HEFFERNAN AND ELIZABETH DEN HOUTER
The four seniors who could play were Devin Womack, Julian Lewis, Kingsley Perkins and Braylon Dickerson -- three of whom are set to play at the collegiate level. “With the great senior leaders we had, we knew we’d be able to figure it out and get it done,” Watkins said. “So, after a couple of practices, we were very confident in the team we had”. Senior Devin Womack
played all four years of his Huron career at the varsity level. “My initial reaction the day someone tested positive was that I thought our season was over,” Womack said. “Many other teams had the same scenario; it was really sad, and I really did not want that happening to us. Once we got the go-ahead to play, I knew we had to make the most of it.” One of these
Players line up for the national anthem prior to their SEC league match against Pioneer. ELIZABETH DEN HOUTER
ALLISON MI COPY EDITOR
New women’s lacrosse coach:
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. A: “I grew up in Ann Arbor and I went to
Q: What do you love about lacrosse?
Pioneer High School. I'm a current senior at U of M, and I'm majoring in bio molecular science.”
Q: When and why did you start playing lacrosse?
A: “I started the summer before my
freshman year. I played soccer and softball up to that point, and when I went to one lacrosse game at Pioneer, it just looked like so much fun. It really was kind of a love at first sight situation.”
scenarios was with Lincoln, who couldn’t play in the district championship against Huron because of COVID-19. “My proudest moment was when we won the Regional Championship,” Womack said. “It solidified us as one of the best teams in Huron history. To be all together there winning a championship was amazing, considering our season was almost over before it started.”
Malcolm tore her ACL in a lacrosse playoff game as a senior for Pioneer, and is now coaching. COURTESY OF REAGAN MALCOLM
A: “I really love the way that it gives people an oppor-
tunity to connect with others in a team-based fashion. I think that’s one of the things I missed the most coming to college my freshman year and not being on a team anymore, because it had been so ever present for me throughout high school. Additionally, I love the confidence that it gives people -- the confidence of knowing that you have the power to take the ball and run down the field and score a goal, like that is just so much fun, and to have the support of others behind you while working towards a common goal is really an irreplaceable experience.”
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 16 | ADVERTISEMENT
Kapnick Insurance Group is proud to be a third-generation family business with Michigan roots, a global reach, and resources that rival pubic brokers. Kapnick is committed to maintaining our independence for another 75 years and beyond.
BUSINESS INSURANCE | RISK SOLUTIONS | EMPLOYEE BENEFITS | PERSONAL INSURANCE | WORKSITE WELL-BEING | GLOBAL SOLUTIONS
888.263.4656 KAPNICK.COM ADRIAN • ANN ARBOR • TROY
Proud supporters of The Huron Emery and Huron High School
2780 Packard Rd. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197 (734) 481-1060
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 17 | ADVERTISEMENT
3400 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 18 | SPORTS
A 10 year journey Hideki Matsuyama wins big at Augusta, becoming the first Japanese male golfer to do so
PETER HAGAN COLUMNIST Over the last 87 years, the United States has had 15 different presidents and six generations of citizens. Two states have been added to the union, a World War was won and technologies like color
television and microwaves were introduced to the public. Though American society has changed drastically during this time frame, one of the greatest and most respected sports traditions continues to hold true to its 1934 origins-unique down to the last blade of grass, the iconic Masters tournament of Augusta, Georgia. The towering pines and flowering dogwoods of Augusta National Golf Club have long caught the attention of golfers both
The patrons react as Hideki Matsuyama chips it close to the cup from the gallery to save his par and finish in the lead at 11-under par during the third round of the Masters on Saturday, April 10, 2021, in Augusta, Georgia. (Curtis Compton/ Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
Hideki Matsuyama hits out of a sand bunker along the fifth green during final round action of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
young and old looking to solidify their position among the ranks of legendary players such as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer. These three players have combined for 15 wins at the Masters, but for many, to win once is considered the accomplishment of a lifetime. Professional golf tournaments typically run from Thursday through Sunday, but the high level of anticipation leading up to the Masters has led to the creation of what is known as “Masters week,” which entails a full seven days of celebration, tradition and golf. Coming into Masters week 2021, defending champion and world number one Dustin Johnson was favored to repeat but faced
stiff competition against one of the deepest fields of any tour event. Big names like Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau all threatened to stand in the way of a potential repeat, while fan-favorite Jordan Spieth came into the Masters hot off of a slump-ending win at the Valero Texas Open. However, heading into the final day of competition, all eyes were focused on an unexpected but familiar figure: Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama. Matsuyama, who is known for the deliberately slow tempo of his swing, fired off two early rounds of 69 and 71, leaving him at -4 heading into the weekend. The third day in golf tournaments is known as “moving day” because it is a notorious time
for players to make their move up the leaderboard. Hideki capitalized on this strategy, carding a seven-under 65 to take a four stroke lead into Sunday’s final round. Matsuyama’s game was challenged on multiple occasions throughout his final round but ultimately held up under pressure as he shot a one-over round of 73, winning the tournament by one stroke and completing the journey he had begun a decade earlier in his first Masters appearance. Though Hideki has currently returned to Japan to celebrate his victory, his name will remain engraved on the Masters trophy for as long as this great tradition is celebrated.
Women’s soccer starts off season under new head coach Murali Nair 1
3 1. Huron varsity players group up after scoring a goal on Monroe; the team went on to beat the Trojans 8-0 with the mercy rule enforced in the second half of the game. 2. Junior Goalkeeper Elena Leucht prepares to take goal kick against Dexter. The final score of the game was 0-0. 3. Fullback freshman Emiko Sano challenges a Dexter player. 4. Jessie Clyde lays out on the grass at halftime. 5. Left winger Zoe Solomon takes a shot against Monroe. LAUREN DUBIN
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 19 | ADVERTISEMENT
THE HURON EMERY | ISSUE 5: MAY 20 | FEATURE
What i t means to be
Asian American ALLISON MI AND VERENA WU COPY EDITOR AND STAFF WRITER
Daniel Bai “The model minority myth can be really challenging by putting people into boxes where Asian Americans are deemed to be quiet, we’re deemed to be ‘good at math’ and hardworking. We’re placed under this umbrella that all Asians are the same. That’s not true. I didn’t fit into this box; I was raised by a single mother, who was working a job and raising two kids, while my dad was a country away. There’s this social hierarchy that white people have created, and though it has allowed Asian Americans to do certain things, we’re never allowed to go beyond that. There’s always this ceiling -- this bamboo ceiling.” Daniel Bai is a science teacher at Huron. ALLISON MI
Cat herine herine Li Li Cat
“[As an Asian American], you’re not really quite part of one [culture] or the other. When I go overseas, I’m not really referred to as exactly part of my family. I am a part of the family but I’m ‘the American kid.’ But then, in the U.S., it’s like I’m not quite part of the American culture either because I have my Chinese customs. When I’ve gone down south before, people are always surprised that I can speak English really well or that I can converse -- maybe because they haven’t encountered very many Asian people in their lives. I haven’t experienced many of the hate crimes personally in Ann Arbor but it really does hurt me and pain me to see online all of the violence against them. Especially after the increase in violence going on in America right now, it’s scary whenever my parents go out. I just don’t always know what’s going to happen to them.”
Catherine Li is a sophomore at Huron. ALLISON MI
Yi tah tah Wu Wu Yi “People just assume that you are what they think you are. I used to ride a moped when I first got to Berkeley. At one point some frat boys in a Jeep drove by me on my moped and threw something at me. It didn’t hit me but they yelled something to the effect of ‘Just remember who won the war!’ because they assumed that I was Japanese. When I had the opportunity I went and bought a motorcycle because then they wouldn’t be able to get away from me, because a scooter can only go so fast.” Yitah Wu is an engineer for Ford. VERENA WU
“Throughout middle school I became more aware of the stereotypes of being adopted and Asian, like how Asians are considered to be all smart. But I don’t consider myself that smart, so I felt left out. I also was called ‘not truly Asian’ because I have white parents and I don’t follow the same traditions. In higher orchestra levels, there are a lot of Asian kids, but I feel left out because I’m Asian yet I’m in a lower orchestra. I’m totally fine with being in the lower orchestra outside of that, but I wonder if I had Asian parents, would I be pushed more to be in a better orchestra? I also feel like I’m being looked down on by other people. It was very heartbreaking to feel like I’m not truly Asian.” Mia Dubin is a junior at Huron. ALLISON MI
The official student newspaper of Huron High School