Melody Chang

Melody Chang

Melody Chang is a senior at the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in the Piano Conservatory. As a journalist, she is passionate about reporting on current public health issues and advocating for health equity. She has published a book about public health for youth, and her writing has been recognized by the New York Times and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Outside of writing, Melody enjoys making music and eating acai bowls.
Column: How pandemics have influenced music

Column: How pandemics have influenced music

As my music history teacher always says, “Music serves as a mirror for society.” Historical events have a profound impact on the style, content, and function of music in society; additionally, the rate of stylistic change in music increases as the rate of change in...

Column: The girl with the smelly lunch

Column: The girl with the smelly lunch

As the shrill bell rang, I excitedly opened my lunchbox, hungry and eager to see what delights my mom had packed me today. My face lit up to the sweet aroma of rousong bread, my favorite Taiwanese delicacy.  My peers, however, were eyeing my food suspiciously. “Ew,...

The road to a hepatitis-free future

The road to a hepatitis-free future

A new California bill is taking action to bridge disparities in testing and treatment for the liver diseases hepatitis B and C.  Hepatitis refers to the inflammation, or swelling of the liver. It is primarily caused by viral infections, but it can also be caused by...

Opinion: Rewarded and Rewired — Internet gaming disorder

Opinion: Rewarded and Rewired — Internet gaming disorder

With schools and playgrounds being shut down, kids are turning to video games and online entertainment as an alternative form of recreation. More than ever, people seek a form of escape from the harsh reality of current events — and the fictional worlds of video games...