Art by Sumiye Allen

NELA High School Journal: I’m the great-great granddaughter of Japanese immigrants. Can I really consider myself Japanese American?

By Sumiye Allen

Identity is a tricky thing. It’s what makes you, you. It’s all of your beliefs and values and personality traits and physical traits and any other characteristics put together, forming one whole person. In this essay, Sumiye Allen, an 11th grader at Eagle Rock High gives the reader a window into her struggle to know herself.

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Artist: Karen Lin

NELA High School Journal: Beauty is the beast

By Meron Worku

If you’ve ever felt unattractive, or unwanted, or just painfully average in the way you look- this is for you.

Here’s the reality. The project of inclusion in beauty is a myth designed to make us think that more people can be included; but in reality, all we’re included in is the logic of consumerism. There’s more, click here.

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Image: Smudge Ink

The reality of the rom-com

By Genevieve Deetsch

For decades, citizens all over the world have fallen in love alongside characters played by Jennifer Garner, Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, and Sandra Bullock. We have watched, laughed, and cried to some of our favorite characters spilling coffee onto a stranger’s plain white shirt. Since these characters are filled with quirks and flaws, why is it so difficult to find yourself in these films? Give Genevieve two minutes to tell you. Click for answers.

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Art by Alfonso Marone

How streaming services have changed the way we listen to music

By Alfonso Marone

Today streaming services provide the most convenient way to listing to music. Alfonso Marone will tell you why that is so and how we got to this technology from the intro of the Sony Walkman back in 1979. It’s an interesting journey you can take in about a 5 minute read.

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