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Erica Cai

Erica Cai, HoH Co-Editor-in-Chief

Erica Cai (12) is the co-editor-in-chief of Humans of Harker, and this is her fourth year on staff. Her goals in journalism this year are to celebrate each and every member of the Class of 2022 and to foster a welcoming community for the cubs and reporters. Some of her favorite things include her cat Taro, her DAY6 photocard and fuzzy blankets. In her free time, she enjoys (badly) karaoke-ing to Korean and Japanese pop rock songs.

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“For both theater and ballet, you have a set of guidelines: for dance, its choreography, and for theater, thats your script. But in both, your role is to make those things feel like your own. Youre fully embodying the character and making it seem completely organic. You take your own interpretation of the piece and make small artistic decisions to make it fully what you feel is true to the character or the idea youre trying to convey, Arely Sun (22) said.

Humans of Harker: Stage magic

by Erica Cai, HoH Editor-in-Chief
July 16, 2022
“It’s the mind bending things that I’m really passionate about, the things where youre like, ‘I have no idea why this happens, but I want to figure that out.’ It’s a genuine, ‘I don’t get it, but I want to.’ Or perhaps it’s [that] I don’t want to never understand it. I don’t want to have a topic that I dont understand and never understand it, Spencer Cha (22) said.

Humans of Harker: Mind bender, music maker

by Erica Cai, HoH Editor-in-Chief
July 14, 2022
Junior Rigo Gonzales pushes up a hill during the Ram Invitationals varsity boys race at Westmoor High school. The varsity boys raced at 3:30 p.m., following the JV boys at 1:30 p.m. and the varsity girls at 2:30 p.m.

Cross country team participates in second meet of the season

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker co-Editor-in-Chief
September 26, 2021
Ericas cat Taro peers curiously over the edge of the dining table. Domestic cats behavior has adapted in a way that diverges from their ancestors just to be with humans.

Cat supremacy: Allow me to purr-suade you

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker co-Editor-in-Chief
September 21, 2021
“Having diversity in perspective is so important. The person who I’ve become from blending STEM and the humanities is someone with a broad perspective on life. When you combine the two, you can approach STEM problems with a creativity that you get from writing or from talking to people from various backgrounds. These challenges have been here for centuries, but maybe a new perspective is all you need,” Saloni Shah (12) said.

Humans of Harker: One story at a time

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Co-Managing Editor
June 2, 2021
“Philosophy and fiction make a beautiful couple. There are a lot of philosophers who are notoriously dry, but their ideas are incredibly interesting. If you can package those ideas in a more digestible and more interesting way, then why wouldn’t you? I often try and aim to do that. Humans are creatures of stories, they’d rather have a story of that idea put into action, and that’s the beauty of how fiction serves philosophy,” Sophia Gottfried (12) said.

Humans of Harker: A beautiful blend of philosophy and fiction

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Co-Managing Editor
April 23, 2021
“I’m really proud to be a part of a generation that cares and that wants to fight for a better future for all of us. Whenever you’re feeling down, you just be part of that community, you just listen, and you’re re-motivated and reinspired to continue the work of activism. There’s going to be resistance, theres going to be a fight, but its a fight that we need to fight and [something] that I want to be a part of,” Natasha Yen (12) said.

Humans of Harker: The fight is ours

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Co-Managing Editor
February 16, 2021
Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the upper school is integral to promoting racial equity within our community. Especially at the upper school level, learning about Dr. King’s legacy in a thorough and informed manner allows students to better understand America’s history of racism and examine the nuances of bridging the racial divide of today.

Learning from legacy

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Managing Editor
January 19, 2021
The biggest underlying message [of my filmmaking is] the message of unity. The films might not be Oscar worthy or cinematic masterpieces, but since its documented, I think Im going to have a lot of fun looking back on it and seeing us together and making the film together, Ethan Choi (12) said. 

Humans of Harker: The American dream

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Co-Managing Editor
December 22, 2020
“I’ve played many things, from an old lady to a little boy, [and] oftentimes, I [play] characters that are humorous or a little bit strange. You have to really be able to convey this emotion thats very personal a lot of the time ... It was a really interesting experience, just to be able to explore those emotions in a way that I hadnt really been able to before,” Maya Franz (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Sliding into the spotlight

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Co-Managing Editor
December 3, 2020
Speak with the goal of making your voice heard, not with the goal of changing someone’s opinions. Speak with the facts at the forefront, not emotions. Speak with a clear message and listen with an open mind.

Politics over dinner

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Managing Editor
November 2, 2020
“I want to save lives, and I think thats the base requirement for anyone who wants to go into medicine. But I also do love the sciences – I love the art of the diagnosis, how medicine is just a mixing pot of ideas. You need to take so many aspects of life, you need to understand so many parts of the human experience, of the human body to try to diagnose and try to treat a patient. Medicine is the care of people, not diseases,” Simar Bajaj (12) said.

Humans of Harker: To help, to heal

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Profiler
April 21, 2020
“I’m always working towards building something better. I’m always interested in looking around and trying to find solutions that may not be obvious to other people and trying to build on them. I don’t necessarily have anything in mind right now, but I definitely want to continue building and exploring new ideas,” Arnav Joshi (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Ready, set, hack!

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Profiler
April 4, 2020
“[Archery and trumpet] have made me more open because I used to be pretty shy, and I’m still kind of shy, but it’s encouraged me to express myself in different ways and start opening up. I’ve met a lot more people than I would have, especially through the friends I have made through archery; a lot of them I wouldn’t really have known if I didn’t do the sport [since] we don’t have that much in common otherwise,” Lila Gorman (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Bullseye

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Profiler
January 21, 2020
“I’m not like one of those people who has a core set of values or tenets of who I am. I feel like I just do what I do, and I am who I am in the moment. I don’t adhere to anything,” Jai Bahri (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Quirks and all

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Profiler
January 17, 2020
“[Playing the organ] is sort of my creative outlet. I don’t do any visual art or stuff like that, so it allows me to experiment with different types of registrations. You can arrange entire orchestral works with the organ and still capture the entire character of the piece. That’s what is most compelling about the organ,” Jeffrey Fung (12) said.

Humans of Harker: “Musica laetificat cor”

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Profiler
October 22, 2019
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