‘I don’t feel safe right now:’ BHS AAPI community grapples with social impacts of COVID-19


On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Acworth, Georgia, eight people were killed in the Atlanta Spa Shootings, with six of the victims being women of Asian descent.

Plane going to Taiwan

Taiwan trip provides Mandarin students cultural engagement


At 1 a.m., a plane took off from San Francisco International Airport. It was a direct flight to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, and carried over 50 Mandarin students at Berkeley High School along with parent chaperones and BHS Mandarin teacher Xin Chen.

A graphic of various heritage months

Unsung heritage months require advocacy


Throughout the year various months are dedicated to the heritage and culture of historically marginalized peoples. November is Native American Heritage Month as well as Sikh Awareness Month.

AAPI lit class

AAPI Literature class provides representation and community


After several years of advocacy, the Asian American Pacific Islander Literature class has finally started at Berkeley High School. The class is taught by Matthew Laurel, an English teacher and Academic Support Coordinator.  According to Laurel, the class was championed during the pandemic, at a time when solidarity in the AAPI community was critical, given

Asian Youth-Led Cultural Workshop Educates and Inspires BHS


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and with the pressing issue of violence and discrimination against Asian communities across the country, celebrating Asian cultures is especially important.

Despite Progress, Hollywood Must Work to Better Reflect Asian Americans


Recent controversy surrounding Doctor Seuss’s racist and caricatured portrayal of East Asians in his books has led to deeper questions being posed about xenophobia in American culture and the representation — or rather, misrepresentation — of Asian Americans in the media.

School Board Meeting Covers Reopening Plans, Anti-Asian Violence


The March 24 Berkeley Unified School District school board meeting included conversations about school reopening in the fall, possible reopenings later this school year, and the spike in violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community that has been observed over the past months.

Abby Lamoreaux, a part-Chinese BHS junior, noticed that racism against Asian people has increased during the pandemic, and wanted to fight back.

Students Take Action Against Asian Hate In Youth-Led March


Asian American and Pacific Islander citizens have been targeted more than ever in the past year due to the blame they have unjustly received for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rally started at 2 PM on March 28 with speeches from students at Aquatic Park in Berkeley.

Asian American Pacific Islander Youth Rising Rally Held in Berkeley


On Sunday March 28 from 2 PM to 4 PM, the Asian American Pacific Islander Youth Rising rally was held at Aquatic Park in Berkeley. It began with a series of speeches, and ended with a march to the San Francisco Bay Pedestrian Footbridge to display banners and signs.

Joann Yu (left) and Amanda Sieu (right) are the vice president and president, respectively, of Berkeley High School

Berkeley’s Asian Community Suffers Deep Emotional Impact of Hate Crimes


Anti-Asian sentiment has skyrocketed in recent months, though it has been a consistent issue for much longer. Especially in the wake of a virus seemingly having originated in China, fear of and racism against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community has fueled numerous hate crimes targeting Asian Americans.