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USC Dornsife News: “Taking the Emperor’s Reign”

Topping Japan Summer Immersion Program, 2010 Cohort November 1, 2010 – On the Tokyo subway trains passengers were packed in like Pringles. Each train typically had a designated “pusher” whose job was literally to shove people inside so the doors could shut. On the streets, people walked so closely behind, you could hear them breathe. “We were jam-packed, squeezed into …

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USC Dornsife News: “Double Duty”

Cynthia Vidana, Topping Class of 2012 – Wearing white cowgirl boots, Cynthia and Jazmin Vidana skipped into kindergarten in red cotton dresses trimmed with lace. Petite, they had the same slightly crooked smile, doe eyes framed with bangs and flowing russet tresses.By third grade, one significant distinction between the twins emerged, although unseen. Cynthia couldn’t read. Or rather, she could …

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USC News: “Topping Scholars Kick off Year at Annual Retreat”

Christina Yokoyama Topping Director September 8, 2010 – With 106 scholars in tow, the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund traveled to Palm Desert for its annual Topping Scholar Retreat in August. “The retreat is the event that the students look forward to every year,” said director Christina Yokoyama. “It establishes our community and sets the tone…

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USC Dornsife News: “Take a Trip of the Vicarious Kind”

Topping Japan Summer Immersion Program 2010 Cohort June 16, 2010 – For the first time in USC College history, a transnational American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE) course is being conducted in Japan as well as in Los Angeles — and you’re officially invited to hitch a ride during their travels.Led by George Sanchez, professor of ASE and history, students, faculty …

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LA Times: “Community Service: Clinton Plan Has Familiar Ring at USC: University Launched Topping Fund After Watts Riots to Aid Cash-Strapped Scholars”

Topping Scholar Alumni: Boris Ricks, Thao Dang, Vivian Hernandez, Carl Beverly, Kelly Flores March 7, 1993 – Last week, President Clinton–following through on a campaign promise–unveiled a proposal for a national service plan that he said would foster a new civic spirit and help pay for the cost of college education. If approved by Congress, the program would begin this …