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Update from the Board of Directors on the Ropes & Gray Report:

June 24, 2017 Child Safeguarding Update
September  3, 2015  Announcement of the Strength & Courage Scholarship Award
July 27, 2015 Update from the Board of Directors
(Japanese translation of Ropes & Gray Report)
June 15, 2015 Update from the Board of Directors
June 5, 2015 Update from the Board of Directors

Alumni Updates



Hannah Ryles '09 and David Lee '09 were married Feb 2 at Union Trust in Philadelphia. The pair met as classmates at ASIJ and their truly "real-life fairy tale love story" was featured in the New York Times. Read more here.

Haley Gerber '15 is currently an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Thailand as a Fulbright grantee. This past week, the Fulbright Scholars program held its first-ever gathering of the EAP region, inviting current scholars from over 15 countries to travel to Taiwan for a 4-day conference. As chance would have it, Haley found another ASIJ alum while at this conference! Akira Camargo '14, is currently serving as an ETA in South Korea. They had never formally met before, but recognized each other from the halls of ASIJ.


Joi Ito '84 sat down with Walter Isaacson from PBS to discuss the complex moral issues in new tech, and share what he is working on as the director of the MIT Media Lab. View the video here.


Peggy Tsukahira Norris '65 and Helen Hong '74 (now known as Yen King) connected with each other when they both became members of the Angel City Chorale, a 25-year-old, 180-voice nonprofit community chorus in Los Angeles. The Chorale was invited to compete on America's Got Talent in 2018. They reached the semi-finals in four nationally televised segments, with Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" as their final song. Both Peggy and Helen were involved in musical and theatrical events at ASIJ: Peggy performed in Flower Drum Song, Where's Charlie, and Our Town, and Yen in Guys and Dolls and Carousel. For anyone in the southern california area, the Angel City Chorale presents 2 concerts a year. The next concert will be June 21 and 22 at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica. Tickets and info can be found here. Please let us Peggy and Yen (Helen) know if you're able to attend.




Skyler Adams '12 and Zeyn San '14 recently married in Santa Barbara. They met in high school at ASIJ. Skyler went on to attend MIT and now works for SpaceX and Zeyn is finishing her last semester at Harvard.

In Memoriam

We are sad to say our goodbyes to the following community member:

Bernard Krisher (AP ’78-’82) Bernard Krisher passed away at the age of 87 in Tokyo on March 5. He leaves behind a loving wife, two children, and two grandchildren.

Jose L. Velasco (FF ’68–’83) passed away on Feb 26, 2019 at the age of 88. Jose was living in Yokohama at the time of his death and is survived by his wife Yukiko Velasco (FF ’77–’05), who previously worked in the Development Office.

Edward Yen ’63 passed away in Oregon on Feb 19, 2019 after complications from his battle with leukemia. Ed is survived by his three sisters, Linda Tsai ’70, Ann Yen ’66 and Jean Yen ’64.


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