Fat Rice brings Macau to Chicago

By Nona Tepper

She is Chinese-American, from Chicago. He is Portuguese- American, born in Lowell, Massachusetts, an area with a large Southeast Asian population.

But their creation is a perfect merger of their two cultures. It’s also a reflection of their quest to show how cuisines evolve globally.

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Anti-abortion protesters sing holiday songs outside clinics

By Carolyn Talya Cakir

It’s 9 a.m. on a Saturday. Most young adults would be sleeping in, enjoying their weekend. Not the members of Pro-Life Future, who gathered outside Family Planning Associates Medical Group to protest abortion through song.

“Today, we’re Christmas caroling for babies,” says Pro-Life Future-Chicago leader Meghan Meehan.

Family Planning Associates is a reproductive health facility that performs abortions in Chicago’s West Loop.

Decked in Santa hats, the dozen or so anti-abortion activists sang popular holiday songs as a “reminder to abortion-bound mothers that the salvation of the world came through an unplanned pregnancy.”

“Why Christmas caroling? Cause it’s beautiful, it’s just happy and joyous,” says protester Meghan Meehan. “This is no one’s favorite place to be on a Saturday whether you’re in the clinic seeking treatment for an abortion or whether you’re an escort. But we bring joy.”

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Watchdog group on organized racism responds to Trump’s victory

By Cloee Cooper

Many organizations were caught off guard by Donald Trump’s election. Some saw it coming when the presidential campaign geared up last January.

“Everyone is understanding now that the far right is now mainstream. Its running the country. We and others have been warning others about this for a long time,” says Reverend David Ostendorf, founder of Center for New Community (CNC), a national civil rights organization that serves as a watchdog against organized racism.

The organization’s investigative research analyzes the threats to policy and media discourse posed by far right movements. According to them, since the end of the civil rights movement, some of the overtly racist organizations rebranded themselves and found issues that would push their agenda into the mainstream without ever having to speak about race.

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Millennial Era Jazz: Pianist Alexis Lombre hopes to return the jazz club to a dance hall

By Thaddeus Tukes

After first-year adjustments, most college sophomores are ready to immerse themselves. 20-year-old pianist Alexis Lombre has been doing just that.

A Chicago native and full-time music student at the University of Michigan, Lombre says her first year left her feeling isolated and targeted, due to racist, sexist, and heteropatriarchal statements that were made to her by classmates. She recalls acting passively aggressive, sometimes not even acknowledging their existence.

“Freshman year sucked. I was really, really angry all the time,” she says. “So I realized I could either stay like that, and possibly get worse, or choose a path of love and patience, and to be grateful for what you do have because what do we really deserve?”

Thus, “A Night For Us: Colorful Soul” was born. Centered on artists of color in the Ann Arbor area, the monthly showcase includes an open mic and a featured artist. It is co-sponsored by an Episcopal student center at the University of Michigan that offers free student dinners twice a week. Lombre organizes the event, and was the featured artist at the first showcase, where she performed brand new music with a band of student musicians.
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Stop blaming the polls

By Mariah Quintanilla

Stop blaming the pre-election polls. They told you all they could about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The pre-election polls based on national surveys accurately predicted what they were designed to predict: Clinton’s popular election win. So why did so few consider the fact that the electoral college had a real chance of turning the numbers upside down? And why did major news media promote blind trust in the polls, making many people believe a Clinton win was in the bag?
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Pearl Harbor and the Enduring Legacy of War

By Duke Omara

Seventy-five years ago, on Dec. 7, 1941, a Japanese strike force consisting of six aircraft carriers descended on the territory of Hawaii and unleashed a ferocious aerial raid on the American naval base of Pearl Harbor on Oahu Island.

Less than two hours after the first Japanese aircraft appeared over the horizon, the attack was over and the United States had paid a fearful price. 2,403 Americans, including civilians, were dead. Numerous ships were either sunk or damaged while Japanese losses were much less considerable.

The assault took the United States completely by surprise. The country – in the days leading up to the attack – had been engaged in negotiations with the Empire of Japan to forge a path towards a comprehensive peaceful agreement covering the Pacific region. Continue reading

Researchers and animal rights activists continue their heated debate

By Catherine Chen

More than 200 rats “go through” Mason Lab each year.

The lab at the University of Chicago conducts experiments with the rats to study psychology, neurobiology and social behavior and advance diagnosis and treatment for human conditions.

The Mason Lab used 24 rats in their latest research focusing on rats’ helping behavior. The rats died after they fulfilled their scientific obligations.

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Safe in Chicago but never far from their flight

By Fariba Pajooh

When Soghra Ataee and her four children go grocery shopping in Chicago, they melt into the crowd. Their tortuous 7,500-mile, 15-year journey to get here from Afghanistan is their private secret.

But the memory of that trip never escapes them.

“I have been like a stray cat, picking my children up in my teeth and trying to find a safe place to spend the night,” said Soghra, 49, who single-handedly began to shepherd her children Farhad 19, Elyas 17, Elahe, 16, Mahle, 12, out of Afghanistan in 2001.
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