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Closing Pandora’s Box & other gifts

We Koreans are a gracious people. Imbedded within us is the instinctive need to give gifts. In the Western world, gifts are most often given during birthdays, Christmas, and bridal showers; in Korea, showing up with a bundle of gifts to eat lunch with someone… Keep Reading


No Guac For All: 99 Complaints Against the World

You go into a supermarket, desperately trying to find some avocado to make guacamole or some cilantro to season your dishes. Unfortunately, your chances of finding any of these vegetables in a Korean market is close to zero. Surely many previous US residents have once… Keep Reading


With fame comes heavy responsibility

Recently, there have been heated discussions about celebrities’ inability to understand even the very basics of Korean history. On Aug. 14, Tiffany Hwang, a member of the well-known Korean idol group Girl’s Generation, received bitter comments after she posted the Japanese war flag, or rising… Keep Reading


Suicide Squad: Closer to suicide than success

A year earlier, the action-packed snippets of the Suicide Squad trailer featuring everyone’s favorite DC Comics villains left fans on the edges of their seats with excitement. However, when the widely anticipated movie finally came out, it is safe to say that many exited the… Keep Reading


Career Feature

Last month, the Counseling Department collaborated with the leadership team and parents of students to bring to the student body a series of career presentations. Some of the most desirable jobs were covered, but with their busy schedules, many of the speakers were not able… Keep Reading

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The Art of the Lawyer

This interview was conducted by Claire Kim, thanks to Johneth Park, a corporate lawyer at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. What were your personal motivations in becoming a lawyer? My father actually wanted to be a lawyer. A long time ago, very few people… Keep Reading

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The Art of the Diplomat

This interview was conducted by Nicholas Kim, thanks to Yeonghan Choi, the Director General of the Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee in the National Assembly. What should students anticipate as they enter the service? We, as members of the foreign service, enhance friendly relationships with the… Keep Reading

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The Art of the Lobbyist

This interview was conducted by Soomin Chun, thanks to Dr. Christopher Hansung Ko, Ph.D, who is the CEO of Samsung Bioepis, a biopharmaceutical firm. Did other companies not come to try to block the entry of lower priced medicine like yours? That’s why we formed our… Keep Reading

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The Art of the Actor

This interview was conducted by Ariel Lee, thanks to Joonghoon Park, who is an actor, director, and star in the media industry. What were some initial perceptions of acting and how did this differ from reality? When you’re acting as an amateur, it’s really fun… Keep Reading

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Paris Feature: Introduction

In the months following the Paris attacks in November, the wheels of politics and media have turned to divide the world in furious debate over issues like immigration, surveillance, and military action in the Middle East. While the political consequences of the Paris attacks have… Keep Reading

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Musicians of SIS: Introduction

The High School Winter Concert features students of all ages in musical performances ranging from choral ensembles to orchestral groups. Participation to the musical arts requires a dedication that equals the passion athletes exude for sports. In this feature, we highlight just a few of… Keep Reading

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New Teachers 2015

The SIS community welcomed twelve new teachers for the 2015-2016 academic year: Ms. Bruttig, Ms. Feng, Mr. Green, Ms. Harman, Ms. Lin, Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Morales, Ms. Sadler, Mr. Silber, Mr. Thomson, Ms. Shelby, and Mr. Richie. Disclaimer: Ms. Alyssa Shelby and Mr. David Richie… Keep Reading

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HSSC Class Election Candidates 2015

Due to the MERS outbreak, the HSSC Class Elections for the rising Sophomore, Junior and Senior Class has been postponed from June 5 to Aug. 21. Take a look at your candidates for the HSSC Class Council of 2015-2016, and click on each banner to watch their campaign videos!… Keep Reading


Integrating academic integrity into SIS

South Koreans are cheaters. They’re over competitive opportunists who will risk anything to get into an Ivy. Not only is this an over-generalization, it is racist and downright offensive. Having said this, we should realize that we’re not doing much to help our reputation. Academic… Keep Reading

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