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Jason Tom featured interview with McKinley High School's Student Newspaper "The Pinion"

Today the McKinley High School Student Newspaper "The Pinion" featured an interview with Jason Tom. Special thanks goes out to the Pinion staff/advisors, Minna Jun, and McKinley High School. This is the online version of that interview.

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Beat boxing toward fame

Honoring a McKinley alum


By Minna Jun


Jason Tom, a graduate of McKinley High School class of '01, is known as the "Human Beat Box." Performing as a professional beat boxer, he first started off his education at KCC and transferred to many places.

Tell me about yourself.
Over the years I've attended Kapiolani Community College (KCC), Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), Honolulu Community College (HCC), and Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

Tell me more about the HCC MELE (Music & Entertainment Learning Experience) program you are in.
During my graduating semester at KCC, HCC offered the MELE program for the first time. My KCC counselor emailed me an article on the MELE program and I registered for the "Survey of the Music Business" course immediately. It "spoke" to me. No other program like this is offered in Hawaii.

What made you want to become a beat boxer?
It was during my freshmen year at McKinley High School when my classmate took notice to what I did. I was quietly beat boxing to myself. He thought that I had hidden a radio.

In what ways did your education contribute to your career?
It helped me reaffirm my love for travel and to be a lifelong student as a live beat boxer. I was aspired by math until music tugged at my heart.

Who had the most significant impact in choosing your career?
My heart. I believe in inspiring others to follow his or her goals and aspirations. Following one's dream is something not everyone dares to do, because it involves a lot of risks. I believe in going forth with your dream rather than putting it aside for the next 20 years.

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Honolulu native Jason Tom, Hawaii's Human Beatbox, is an American award-winning entertainer of Hawaii Chinese ancestry. More than meets the eye, he is also a speaker and life coach who engages through Jason Tom Academy's emphasis on "foundation" in the Word of God, mathematics and beatboxing. Tom coached Siri how to "boots and cats." Tom launched and publishes JASONTOM.COM that impacts 2.5 million page viewers and 2.4 million unique individuals and households to the top throughout our world.

 

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Honolulu native Jason Tom, Hawaii's Human Beatbox, is an American award-winning entertainer of Hawaii Chinese ancestry. More than meets the eye, he is also a speaker and life coach who engages through Jason Tom Academy's emphasis on "foundation" in the Word of God, mathematics and beatboxing. Tom coached Siri how to "boots and cats." He launched and publishes JASONTOM.COM that impacts 2.5 million page viewers and 2.4 million unique individuals and households to the top throughout our world.

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Too bad I missed it! I should have requested the day off.

Looking forward to it! Thank you for sowing into my friend Ruby & I.

Congratulations on having your video featured on TED-Ed! I won’t be able to make it because I lead a Connect Group at that time. I’ll have Siri watch it for me.

This is so awesome Jason! Congratulations to Hazel, Moriah, & Micaiah!

Awesome JT. You have many gifts, skills, and much talent. I think you have found another calling for yourself and another way to help people. Mahalo nui for sharing and continuing to inspire.