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Hollywood whitewashing has a huge impact on Lincoln students

By Arianna Hansen

Photo courtesy of : Paramount Pictures

 

Mickey Rooney plays a Japanese man in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” This is a classic example of whitewashing in Hollywood.

 

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Whitewashing: An issue surrounding the Asian community for a hundred years. From “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to “Ghost in the Shell,” there is no denying that whitewashing has been around. Some may argue that whitewashing is a lighthearted approach to calling it yellowface.

 

Movies with whitewashing have begun since motion pictures have just recently come around, with 1915’s “Madame Butterfly”, Mary Pickford (a Caucasian actress) played a Chinese woman named Cio-Cio San. More recent movies with white actors playing Asian roles include 2010’s “The Last Airbender,” 2015’s “Aloha,” and most recently 2017’s “Ghost in the Shell.”

 

The controversial action of casting white actors to play Asian roles has finally reached the eye of the general public, most millennials have heard about this issue through their online blogs and shared through social media. Since this issue has everyone chattering, this definitely has had an impact on the Lincoln community.

 

“Whitewashing has more negatively impacted me than positively. Ever since I was a child, it was pretty difficult to relate to find a role model or person to look up to. I think the only movie that helped me achieve that was Mulan, which says a lot since it is not even made with real actors but cartoons,” stated Ada Yu, senior at Lincoln High School.

 

Yu continued, “...it seems to be a continuous trend like the one with Scarlett Johansson (referring to “Ghost in the Shell”), and the most recent conflict with Mulan [the writers replaced Li Shang with a character named Chen Honghui possibly due to Li shang’s bisexual allegations. There was also rumors of white actors to be casted in the supposed “all asian” cast.] When whitewashing happens, it seems like the producers would rather have a star celebrity than accurate representation.”

 

Some believe that the issue with whitewashing stems deeper than the lack of Asian lead roles in Hollywood. Pamela Obiageri Amaechi, senior at Lincoln High School stated, “I don’t think the issue of representation will be completely resolved by just giving POC [people of color] lead roles. Humans subconsciously hold beliefs and prejudices about themselves and other groups of people. Giving people of color lead roles will promote a more positive representation for them, but it does not address the bigger question in this issue: Why does Hollywood feel that Asians and other people of color are not qualified to play these lead roles?”

Violence and crime rates rise in the Lincoln community

By Cameron Takashima


Photo taken by : Cameron Takashima

 

One Lincoln student is bullied by a senior student.

 

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Violence and crime are  problems that plague communities and make people fear for their own safety. They are the biggest problem at Lincoln High but still an issue, staff have said that in comparison to previous years these issues have gotten significantly better with the most common occurrence of crime being defacement of property and theft. Other occurrences include possession of an illegal substance and being under the influence. These all seem like minor crimes but the number of people who commit them are still high and will definitely have a negative influence on their peers.

 

These offenses aren't the only harmful deeds that have touched Lincoln however, there are also cases of violence in the school. Whether it involves students from other schools or students from our school, this year has had some large occurrences of assault and fighting in the school. Mr Balzer stated that compared to the school's state 15 years ago, the rate of violence has significantly gone down. That being said he also stated that he has been assaulted 3 times this year alone, all by students. There were numerous occurrences at other schools as well, such as the tragic shooting at June Jordan which caused a lot of worry for the students of our school sparking a number of lock-ins. During that same month there were also multiple occurrences of an altercation that had involved both students from our school and another school.

 

In my four years at this school this year has definitely had the most occurrences of violence. It  is a sad and terrifying fact, and I hope for future students of that lincoln changes. As members of a  supportive and caring community it is our jobs to help keep it safe not only for ourselves but for our friends and any future members that may come.

 

Have a happy rest of the school year and be safe.

The Jazz club revives at Lincoln in Jazz Appreciation Month

By Ben Sheh

Photo taken by : Ben Sheh

 

Saxophonist Joshua Rivera (left) and trombonist Harrison Lew (right) warm up for a practice lunch session in sponsor Calac’s classroom.

 

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Jazz: it’s the one genre of music that is both completely identifiable, yet not easily categorized by musicians and the general population alike. Starting with humble origins by African Americans improvising on the keyboard and brass instruments, jazz has grown far and wide in popularity in the 19th century.  In current times, though, it seems to have taken a backseat to other genres such as pop and electronic dance. Perhaps new jazz pieces aren’t produced as much as before, and aren’t heard as much on the radio and online.

 

Lincoln’s very own jazz club was founded in 2016. After the previous music teacher left (info check in progress), Lincoln was left with a band-orchestra hybrid. No class specialized in jazz, sadly.

 

It was because of this that Harrison Lew became the president of Jazz Club and recruited a number of former band students to participate. At the beginning of the year, the club consisted of multiple saxophones and trumpets, one trombone, two drummers, one viola, one keyboardist, 1 flautist.

 

Lew says, “There has never been a jazz course. So we created the club.”

 

The club members play jazz due to its unpredictable nature; a far contrast from orchestral music which stays in time and has recognizable peaks and resolutions in music. Jazz twists these, and focuses more on on-the-spot improvisation. This lets each performance be unique in its own right, as no two solos will be exactly the same.

 

“I was once told that jazz is about building,” says saxophonist Joshua Rivera. “Really, jazz is about a culmination of styles. Jazz is everything.”


Many recognizable jazz standards such as Autumn Leaves and Blue Bossa are played by the Jazz Club. In fact, they are simple enough that even non-jazz players can learn easily.