The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

A plate of cut fruit is a sign of something Asian parents have perfected: the art of saying sorry without the words ever leaving their mouths

Fruit(less) communication

Meggie Chen May 23, 2024
My journey to overcoming the cultural barriers in communication between my parents and me
Bridging skies

Bridging skies

Yixuan (Joyce) Li May 22, 2024

Although I spent the first eight years of my life in China, I realized that I could no longer find things to talk about with my grandmother as I adjusted to living in the U.S. It was due to both my deteriorating...

Within Chinatown

Jami Lim and Michelle Zheng April 1, 2024

Nestled between the bustling Union Square and the calm North Bay Shore stands the 176-year-old San Francisco Chinatown. The ethnic enclave, birthed from an era of gold fever and dreams of prosperity, continues...

Senior Nithya Appannagaari poses with her gold stud piercing. 

Photo by Nithya Appannagaari | Used with permission.

Power to the piercing

Samika Bhatkar and Sarah Liu January 24, 2024

Every day when sophomore Ria Sethi wakes up, she looks forward to selecting a pair of earrings to complement her outfit—typically, she’ll pick a dainty pair of thin, gold hoops. Similar to how her...

Since losing certain words in Kannada, Chikkaballapur finds himself using Google Translate more and more. | Photo by Suhana Mahabal

Culture through language

Suhana Mahabal December 11, 2023 Sophomore Ronith Vinod...

Graphics by Stella Petzova

Immersed in India

As a student body filled with an array of Indian backgrounds, Indian-influenced arts and culture can be found in many corners of our community.  From incorporating traditional Indian clothing into daily...

Savoring spices

Savoring spices

Sarah Liu December 9, 2023

Culture plays a nuanced role in someones identity, which is why we must take it into account before asking someone to share their political opinions.

Culture: the elephant (and donkey) in the room

Anika Bhandarkar and Meggie Chen December 6, 2023

With all the social justice movements in recent years and the upcoming 2024 presidential election, politics is on the forefront of many people’s minds. As tensions between parties continue to rise and...

tudents share their opinions on the cultural inclusivity of prom outfits

Prom embraces cultural threads

Kripa Mayureshwar and Aashna Patel June 2, 2023
Students share their opinions on the cultural inclusivity of prom outfits
Students share their experience with three traditional instruments — the tabla, pipa and mridangam.

Playing traditional music

Nameek Chowdhury, Krish Dev, and Minjae Kang May 31, 2023

Madelyn Wu (pipa) When junior Madelyn Wu first joined an orchestra, she wanted to play the guzheng, a Chinese instrument with strings strung between two bridges. However, Wu’s orchestra didn’t have...

The visa voyage

The visa voyage

Chiran Arumugam and Darpan Singh April 26, 2023
MVHS community members share experiences with U.S immigration policy
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