Say hello to Okada House, Newsroom by the Bay’s home for Summer 2014

okada_mural_with_building

Designed and painted by Daryl Mar in association with Stanford students, this mural graces the side of Okada House, part of the Wilbur Hall dormitory complex.

Okada House — a cozy theme house where Stanford University students explore what it means to be Asian in America — will be Newsroom by the Bay’s headquarters for summer 2014.

Okada is named after John Okada, whose novel, “No No Boy,” describes the aftermath of the Japanese-American internment during World War II, including divisions among Japanese Americans after the war.

Okada is also adjacent to the Wilbur Field and Arguello Park, including beach volleyball and basketball courts.  We expect to get quite a bit of use out of those during our afternoon rec time.

Among the many things we like about Okada is that we’ll have it to ourselves — with all of our staff and students staying together — boys on the bottom floor and girls upstairs.

The ample common room will be great for our morning chalk talks and evening speakers. There’s even a kitchenette for preparing afternoon and nighttime snacks.

sandvolleyball_arguello_parkWe haven’t figured out yet what the “Tea Room” in the back of the building looks like, but our curiosity is piqued!

Most of the camper rooms are doubles, and Okada is adjacent to the Wilbur Dining Hall as well as Arrillaga Family Dining Commons.  (You can learn more about Stanford’s outstanding housing and dining services here.)

If you are arranging for shuttle transportation from the San Francisco, Oakland or San Jose airports, please make a note of Okada’s address and give it to your shuttle transportation provider.

Outdoor dining at Arrillaga Family Dining Commons, near Okada House on the Stanford University campus.

Outdoor dining at Arrillaga Family Dining Commons, near Okada House on the Stanford University campus.

The best drop-off point is 560 Wilbur Way, the parking structure adjacent to Okada, at the corner of Wilbur Way and Bowdoin Lane.  (See our “Arriving by air” link for more information.)

In recent years, students from China, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia have added much to our program, so we’re pleased to be in a house that honors Asian culture and its contributions to American life.

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