Students at 13 public schools in Elmhurst, Queens are learning the name Fumio Kishida. Not because Fumio Kishida is the new prime minister of a country 6,700 miles away, but because he has something in common. He participated in PS13.
Principal Evelyn Beres emailed her teacher last week after hearing that Kishida, a former foreign minister who is widely regarded as an indisputable moderate in Japan, is almost certain to become prime minister. sent. She said Kishida would be talked about in a social studies class at PS13, a “leader in me” school that incorporates the idea of the book “The Seven Habits of Very Effective People.”
“One of the things I tell the kids earlier this year is that they are definitely all leaders,” she said.
Kishida introduces another famous graduate to Beres. As principal since 2013, she repeatedly spoke to students in the 1940s about Antonin Scalia, a former Associate Judge of the Supreme Court who was a student of PS13 Straight A. Scaria was born in New Jersey, but his family moved to Elmhurst at the age of three, and he defined himself as a Queens native. That’s what Joan Biscpic, the author of the biography about Scalia, told me in 2010.
“He loved the borough,” she told me then. (Scalia died in 2016.)
Kishida wrote that he was just six years old when his father, an official of the Ministry of Government and Trade, moved to New York. He said his language skills were “insufficient” when the family arrived. But a year later, he wrote in his political memoir “Kishida Vision” that “I started to understand myself in English.”
He was initially wary of the United States — which bombed Hiroshima during World War II. “But I was young,” he wrote. “And to me, the United States was nothing more than a generous and diverse country. I’m sure such an experience influenced my political attitude and ideology,” he said. Expressed as “pro-American”. (As Foreign Minister, I helped President Barack Obama arrange a visit to Hiroshima in 2016.)
He absorbed American culture and went to Manhattan to see “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music” released in the years he participated in PS13.