The International

The International

The International

Does the convergence of beauty standards embrace diversity, or does it perpetuate age-old stereotypes and ideals? (Image Credit: Marcelo Moreira)
Are the blurred lines of beauty embracing or perpetuating stereotypes?
Karen L. ('26)
Heso Production’s “sontaku” red-steamed bun that gained widespread popularity in 2017. Image Credit: Heso Production
Redefining sontaku (忖度)
Yuki K. (‘26)
In an all girls’ school women are empowered to take up STEM courses
The transition from an all-girls’ school to a co-ed university
Khwaish J.('24), Viewpoint Editor
Alisa noted the challenge of finding female role models who have built longer careers in science. However, being in an all-girls’ environment during high school allowed Alisa to have a different understanding than her peers. She was always taught women could do anything, taught that “all positions can be held by women. Organizations that only have women can run perfectly and have great leaders.”
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In an all girls’ school women are empowered to take up STEM courses
The transition from an all-girls’ school to a co-ed university
Khwaish J.('24), Viewpoint Editor
Alisa noted the challenge of finding female role models who have built longer careers in science. However, being in an all-girls’ environment during high school allowed Alisa to have a different understanding than her peers. She was always taught women could do anything, taught that “all positions can be held by women. Organizations that only have women can run perfectly and have great leaders.”
Heso Production’s “sontaku” red-steamed bun that gained widespread popularity in 2017. Image Credit: Heso Production
Redefining sontaku (忖度)
Yuki K. (‘26)
The red-bean steamed buns were initially created to promote the positive aspects of this unique value. But countless scandals have marred the true meaning of the word.
ChatGPT vs. learning
ChatGPT vs. learning
Youmi J. (‘24)
Every once in a while, there’s always that one overwhelmingly busy week. Students had no way out other than to just deal with it — until the invention of ChatGPT in November of 2022. Now, the to-do list feels less… lethal. 
With the record low acceptance rates, college admissions seem to be an unwinnable game.
Authenticity: Will it help you get into college?
Namya K. (‘25)
As colleges become test-optional and the prevalence of grade inflation increases, elite universities have adopted a holistic process that includes one elusive element: authenticity. 
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Does the convergence of beauty standards embrace diversity, or does it perpetuate age-old stereotypes and ideals? (Image Credit: Marcelo Moreira)
Are the blurred lines of beauty embracing or perpetuating stereotypes?
Karen L. ('26)
As the ever-growing makeup trends rise and fall, the lines between traditional beauty ideals become blurred. With individuals attempting to embody a fusion of “Asian” and “White” features, an important question arises: Is the convergence of beauty standards a step towards embracing diversity, or does it pose a risk of perpetuating age-old stereotypes and ideals?
An October 21, 2023 protest in Germany calling for a ceasefire and Palestinian liberation.
I live in constant fear I will lose my family
Aya N. ('25)
I’m preparing myself at any moment to hear that I have lost my family. That at any moment my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents could be wiped out. It's happened to several families in Gaza, how do I know my family isn’t next? I'm worried that by the time I go to school and come back, my entire home back in Gaza will be gone. The only reassurance we get from my family is an occasional text that says “We’re alive for now” or “We’re not dead yet”.  We don’t know the next time we’ll be able to talk to them.
Media lacked multi-dimensional queer characters, representing to ‘check diversity boxes’

Photo by James A. Molnar on Unsplash
Have we moved past the gay best friend?
Khwaish J. (‘24), Viewpoint Editor
Although queer representation is at an all-time high, and we are seeing more multi-layered complex queer characters in media today, there is still a need to continue advocating for better and widespread representation. 
No one wants to listen to what opposing sides have to say, and refusing to listen is indeed a form of silencing. 
For GenZ not all voices are valid 
Aditi A. (‘24)
GenZ loves diversity in race, sexuality, gender, and identity, political views? Not so much.  Cancel culture has taken social media platforms by storm, and everybody is afraid of it.
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Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri in the series The Bear. Image credit: Chuck Hodes, FXP
'The Bear': The importance of love in an unforgiving kitchen
Charlie W. ('26)
The second season of "The Bear" tactfully adds depth to the characters we know and love without crumbling into stereotypes of mental illness by bringing fresh approaches to grief, trauma, and the destruction it leaves behind.
Olivia Rodrigos second studio album, GUTS. (Image credit: Geffen)
'GUTS': A step-by-step guide to the mind of a modern teenager
Eloise A. ('26)
What exactly does it mean to “spill your guts”? Olivia Rodrigo “spilled her guts” venting about shameful boyfriends, revealing confusing truths about the teenage world, and admitting to a self-sabotaging mindset.
Theatrical release poster for 君たちはどう生きるか (How Do You Live?) (Image credit: Studio Ghibli)
'How Do You Live': A torrential masterpiece
Altair L. ('26)
The light dims and the iconic Totoro logo flashes cerulean blue across the screen—a sure-fire promise that this film will be worth the watch. And yet, what is soon revealed proves to be a sea of complexity far deeper than anyone could fathom. 
Lana Del Reys ninth studio album Did You Know That Theres a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd. Image credit: Interscope
Lana Del Rey: A deeper dive into the tunnel under Ocean Blvd
Jacqueline S. ('26)
In March 2023, Lana Del Rey released her 9th studio album, “Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,” after a long-anticipated wait from her last album. From her unique concept to multifaceted track titles, Lana Del Rey is full of authenticity, and you can never get tired of trying to uncover their meanings. 
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Watatta Hanten: Perfect Imperfection
Watatta Hanten: Perfect Imperfection
Kayla C. ('26)
The famous Japanese TV show “The Solitary Gourmet” starts with this line: "Regardless of time or society ..  to eat freely ... is the best comfort given equally to every man." The connection between these words, society, eat, and comfort was always left vague. However, Watatta Hanten enlightened the perception of this uncertainty and into a relatively new form of bliss. 
Chinese Cafe 8: a nostalgic encounter with authentic Chinese food in Tokyo
Chinese Cafe 8: a nostalgic encounter with authentic Chinese food in Tokyo
Grace T. ('25)
Wherever I am, I always tend to search for places that give me a familiar taste. Here, the gorgeous scenery, the gigantic Chinese round wooden tables, and definitely the fabulous taste, all brought me back to the place where I was raised for my whole childhood. Nothing can be more exciting than to feel at home–Chinese Cafe 8 is exactly what I have been looking for in Japan. 
From trend to neglect
From trend to neglect
Linda L. ('26)
The pandemic has brought a significant surge in compulsive online shopping, driven by the desire for a small moment of joy, stress relief, and the lure of social media. Unfortunately, this surge has resulted in fluctuating purchases of non-essential items, leaving most purchases unopened and neglected, ultimately leading to wasted money and cluttered homes. 
Got some change?  Spend your spare coins in these affordable 100 yen shops!
Got some change? Spend your spare coins in these affordable 100 yen shops!
Alexis N. (‘25)
Would you like to explore the different options of one-coin shops? Here are four recommendations that you can consider visiting. 
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Sister Wachter
Sarakshi S. (‘24), Editor of HOSH
Headmistress Hayes
Headmistress Hayes
Sarakshi S. (‘24), Editor of HOSH
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