Japanese has made a significant difference in the lives of the students
at Tigard High School. When the class was originally introduced to Tigard
HS, very few students knew much about the Japanese culture. Noriko-sensei
even recalls when students didn't know what "sushi" was. However, now,
about a decade later, students have begun to appreciate the Japanese
language and culture with a new light.
Unlike the American culture, the Japanese people stress highly on
respect and the way we address one another. For example, the titles
the Japanese place with a name, "-san, -sama, -chan...etc." As we slowly
adapt and widen our horizons about the world's culture, Japanese is
gradually making its own impact at Tigard High and students greatly
With the new commercialized products and emphasis of on items such as
"Anime," people are beginning to realize what importance the Japanese
culture is taking in each one of our lives. Hopefully with more
education, students at Tigard HS can allow themselves enough leeway
to venture into another country and use the product of their efforts.