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Cultural exchange between journalists educates and enlightens

by Christine Ong   

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   Imagine communicating across the world with a person who had the same interest as you. Multiply that by 30, and the result would be similar to the cultural exchange that took place between The Lincoln Log Staff and a Chinese journalist group over the summer.

   The cultural exchange took place in Lincoln's library on Aug 8. A few members of the Lincoln Log staff attended accompanied by school principal Barnaby Payne and Chinese immersion teacher and translator Fan Fang. 

   Lincoln was just one of the many stops along the trip. The Huangdong natives toured colleges along the east coast including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University and traveled around the state of New York before traveling to the west coast. 

   Prior to the exchange, the Lincoln Log staff thought that the journalists were going to be of high school age, but upon meeting the Chinese journalists, they discovered that they were much younger. “I was really scared the troupe of kids would flush the agenda down the toilet,” says Serina Fang, one of the editors-in-chief of the Lincoln Log.

   Fortunately, age did not impair the journalists from voicing their opinions clearly. “We had a great translator, and the kids had a lot to say about the quality of their own paper and about the issue of censorship present in Chinese media,” says Fang. “Despite the age range being from eight to 11, they really knew what they were talking about and were eager to learn from us.”

   During the discussion, the students and teachers asked questions to learn more about the process of how each paper is written and published. The greatest contrast was that the Lincoln Log is fully student run with teacher advisement available as opposed to the Chinese newspaper which was put together by teachers. 

   The Chinese journalists stated that their newspaper was more of a "bulletin board" that repeated school announcements rather than reporting news stories. Teachers run the newspaper and publish award-winning essays from students. 

   In Lincoln, the newspaper is run by students and is advised by a teacher. The students write about any topic they desire within reason and are protected by the rights given by the first amendment to the Constitution. 

   After the discussion, a pizza lunch was provided to all participants. A tour of the school campus followed which was led by the Lincoln Log journalists. The Chinese journalists took many pictures along the tour, mainly of the plants growing in the garden behind the new building.  

   The tour concluded in the library and, a gift exchange followed. The visitors gave gifts representing their hometown to the Lincoln Log staff as a thank you for hosting the event.

People in the Halls

by Liping Huang


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Senior Tatiana Jameson

Favorite movie: “The Lion King"

Worst movie: I don’t know, dude.

Passion: writing music

Pet peeve: when people talk with their mouth full

Most embarrassing moment: falling in front of everyone during fifth grade graduation

If I could be any celebrity, I would be: Lauren London



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Junior Kenny Ngo

Favorite movie: “Ping Pong Playa"

Worst movie: “Lady In The Water"

Passion: the arts, such as singing and drawing

Most embarrassing moment: stuttering in front of class during presentations

If I could be any celebrity, I would be: Bruno Mars.



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Freshman Vivienne Tran

Favorite movie: "Via Lactea"

Worst movie: "17 Again"

Passion: drawing anime characters

Pet peeve: Biting nails

Most embarrassing moment: falling in front of the whole class in eighth grade

If I could be any celebrity, I would be: Hayao Miyazaki.





Freshman Edwin Ramos

Favorite movie: "Insidious 2"

Passion: playing soccer

Pet peeve: when people chew with their mouth full

Most embarrassing moment: when I kicked the ball on to my team's goal

If I could be any celebrity, I would be: Messi.




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ASB Vice President Tiffany Lee

Favorite movie: "The Conjuring"

Worst movie: "Twilight"

Passion: Twerking Eating and being fat.

Pet peeve(s): when people touch my feet, when people spell "barley" as "barely"

Most embarrassing moment: when I have to pay for a sandwich in coins

If I could be any celebrity, I would be: 2Chainz.


Senior Alison Khaw

Favorite movie: "Wreck It Ralph"

Worst movie: "The Purge"

Passion: Biotech

Pet peeve: when people stand in the hallway and make the Great Wall of China

Most embarrassing moment: when I farted in Tiffany Lee's mouth

If I could be any celebrity, I would be: 50 Cent.