In the Face of COVID-19, What's a Future Boxer to Do, Except Go Hollywood?

When the world is locked down and you can’t play with your friends, what’s a future Boxer to do?

If you’re 9-year-old Ken Kawaguchi of Beaverton, you make a movie trailer to illustrate how the world has changed because of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. And, also if you’re Ken, your video even snags the attention of KPTV-TV in Portland, which aired a segment about it this week.

Ken is the son of Jon Kawaguchi ’88, who graduated from Pacific with a bachelor’s degree in biology. The video trailer stars Ken and his 12-year-old sister Natalie coping with social distancing and dwindling household supplies and toiletries. Their uncle Brian, and Kuma, one of their two dogs, also make appearances.

“In a world where cleaning supplies are everything,” the video notes ominously.

Real life in the Kawaguchi home isn’t that different from the way it’s depicted in the video. Jon is a public health supervisor for Washington County, Ore., a position that’s keeping him in the line of duty at work. His wife, Angie, and the kids are cooped up in their Beaverton home.

But via multimedia, they’re finding ways to communicate with the wider world.

Friday, March 27, 2020