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The 1960s: A Decade of Psychedelic Decadence

by Jillian Pham. A review of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

As an only child, Jillian has always wanted siblings—but that’s never going to happen. So she constantly buys pet fishes to fill the void. As a result, she’s now obsessed with them. Amongst her other obsessions are food and books. She loves to cook and read.

Welcome to the Bay Area Vortex

by Vince Vo. A review of Haight-Ashbury by Charles Perry

Vincent Vo is currently attending Irvine High as a eleventh grader. In school, he is involved in multiple AP and honor classes, in a team sport, and in the key club. Out of school he is part of a church youth group, church volleyball team, and works at Yogurtland.

The Watts Caste Riots

by TC Nguyen. A review of Burn, Baby, Burn!: The Los Angeles Race Riot, August 1965 by Jerry Cohen

TC Nguyen was born in Renton, Washington. He moved to Irvine, California in 1999. TC enjoys playing basketball, playing games on his computer, and traveling to new places. He aspires to go to UCSB after he graduates from high school.

The Golden State in Danger

by Julie Son. A review of California Dreaming: The Political Odyssey of Pat & Jerry Brown by Roger Rapoport

Julie Son goes to Irvine High School. She is a sociable person and is mainly interested in art. She always tries to work hard--not meaning that she has to do everything perfectly but she wants to do her best.

The Need to Survive

by Josh Kessler. A review of Every Secret Thing by Patricia Hearst

Josh Kessler moved to Irvine in 2006 from Vienna, Austria. Josh loves California and has enjoyed all the knowledge he has acquired from taking AP US History. He also thanks his girlfriend, Liz Taylor, for her love and support.

The Impact of Water on California

by Katharine Yang. A review of Water and the California Dream: Choices for the New Millennium by David Carle

Katharine Yang was born in San Francisco in 1991, moved to Los Angeles in 1993, and moved once more to Irvine in 2001 where she currently resides. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, playing ping-pong, juggling, watching comedies, and discussing international issues with friends and family.

Latinos: Demographic Predominance

by Natalya Rahmann. A review of La Nueva California: Latinos in the Golden State by David E. Hayes-Baustista

Natalya Rahmann is a busy junior at Irvine High School in Irvine, California. Besides a challenging academic schedule, Rahmann keeps busy with clubs, volunteer work, technical theatre, drama classes, and multiple theatrical productions. She hopes to attend a UC school in two years and pursue her interest in the humanities.

Proposition 209: Behind the Scenes

by Michael Chen. A review of The Color Bind: California’s Battle to End Affirmative Action by Lydia Chavez

Michael Chen was born in Irvine and has lived there his whole life. There is a big age difference between him and his two older brothers. He enjoys exercising and reading fine works of literature. In the future, he hopes to work in either the medical field or technology field.

Opportunist Valley

by Michael Ta. A review of The New New Thing by Michael Lewis

Michael Ta is a man on a mission. On his free time on Sunday afternoons, he plays Starcraft with his Korean/Vietnamese/White buddies. Also, if he’s lucky, he gets to smell barbeque cooking outside his bedroom window. When bored, Ta refrains from shaving his mustache because Michael Ta is a man.