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HRVHS Asian Club gets sushi lesson

Students, under the direction of Justin Williams, Sushi Okalani owner and chef, make California rolls during an HRVHS Asian Club activity Jan. 17.

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Students, under the direction of Justin Williams, Sushi Okalani owner and chef, make California rolls during an HRVHS Asian Club activity Jan. 17.



It was a packed house Jan. 17 in Hood River Valley High School Asian Club Adviser Dingfei Shen’s classroom, where students learned how to make California rolls from Justin Williams, owner and chef at Sushi Okalani in Hood River.

“Having language can take you places,” Williams said of learning Japanese, working in sushi bars. Wilson’s daughter, Brooklyn, assisted with the tutorial before students were turned loose on the sushi mats.

Asian Club started seven years ago at HRVHS, said Shen, who is in his second year teaching at the school as part of the Confucius Classroom program sponsored by the Chinese government. The aim of his position is to help students learn more about the Chinese language and culture and further communications between China and other countries, he said.

Activities like making sushi are “a good way for the kids to get interested in Asian countries,” he said. “Thanks to Justin and his daughter for their precious experience, valuable time and priceless dedication.”

The next club activity will be a celebration of the Chinese New Year and a tea ceremony.

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Sofie Larsen-Teskey shows her finished roll. Sushi literally translates to “vinegar rice,” said Justin Williams, owner of Sushi Okalani, and was used as a way to preserve fish and vegetables.



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