All posts by Jingzhe(Kelly) Wang

Happy anniversary, Marktown: 100th year surviving

By Jingzhe(Kelly) Wang

Marktown, in East Chicago, Indiana, is less than a half hour drive from the south side of Chicago. It’s in a different state and is in many ways in its own world.

Built in 1917 as a planned community for a steel company, Marktown welcomed more than one thousand residents living in about 200 houses. Only 10 percent of the original design was actually built. The streets were designed as walkways and the cars were to be parked on the sidewalks.

In 1975, the community was added to the National Register of Historic Places and listed as one of the seven wonders of Northwest Indiana for its architectural and historical significance.

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A core of Chinese Americans mobilizes for Trump, wins the day and looks to the future

By Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang

Asian Americans were not among Donald Trump’s majority in Tuesday’s election. About three quarters of Asian American voters backed Hillary Clinton, according to the National Asian American Election Eve Poll released by America’s Voice the day after the election. Trump got only 19 percent of the Asian votes.

Still, the Chinese American community had its vocal supporters who, along with more than 59 million fellow Americans, voted for Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States.

A leader for the Chinese Americans for Trump movement estimates that they called on 8,000 volunteers to get the job done this election.

Listen to the story behind that story.

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Play election phone banking Bingo

By Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang

Medill reporter Kelly Wang knows first hand what the frustrations and triumphs are in volunteering for an election phone bank. Play phone banking Bingo with her.

Banking on getting Asian American voters to the polls

By Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang

This is what a phone bank sounds like. One difference is the potential voters are all Asian Americans.

Early voting eases the way for first-time immigrant voters

By Jingzhe(Kelly) Wang

Election day is Tuesday, of course, but people can vote every day until then.

There is a difference. Early voting doesn’t take place in neighborhood precincts. It takes place at designated places.

There is an important advantage, especially for first-time voters who may want assistance.  Come with first-time voter Kahkashan Noreen, as she makes registering and voting look easy at Truman College Nov. 1, when groups hosted an event to guide people through the process.

Kahkashan Noreen, a first-time immigrant voter from Pakistan, cast her ballot during early voting at Truman College on Nov. 1, with the help of her ESL instructor. (Jingzhe(Kelly) Wang/MEDILL)

Trump support among Chinese American voters

By Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang

One month before the presidential election, more than 50 Chinese Americans gathered in one of Chicago’s western suburbs to show their support for the Republican candidate for President. Medill’s Kelly Wang takes us to Hinsdale to see how this minority group makes its voice heard.

More than 50 Chinese Americans gathered at Katherine Legge Memorial Park in Hinsdale, IL one month before the 2016 presidential election. (Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang/MEDILL)

Other Medill Reports stories on Chinese-Americans:
Nicholas Lau: A bridge to the Chinese-American future
Smoking rates among younger Chinese-Americans shrouded in mystery
Chinese community poll watchers trained for Tuesday primary
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Nicholas Lau: A bridge to the Chinese-American future

By Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang

Some young Chinese Americans are leaving Chicago’s Chinatown and their roots to assimilate with American culture. Not Nicholas Lau. The high school senior is working to pave a path for Chinatown to be a more welcoming place for the next generation.

Nicholas Lau, 18, project manager at the ORIGIN Youth Group, at his Chicago home. (Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang/MEDILL)

Other Medill Reports stories on Chinese-Americans:
Trump support among Chinese American voters
Smoking rates among younger Chinese-Americans shrouded in mystery
Chinese community poll watchers trained for Tuesday primary
Board of Elections addresses Chinese voter issues
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Chinatown residents want underreported safety issues addressed

By Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang

Heading west from 24th Pl. and Princeton Ave. in Chicago’s Chinatown, Haiting Yu walks through an underpass with rusty-looking infrastructure and cracks on the wall. A few feet into the tunnel, a light blinks. Some are completely out.

Chinatown underpass
Yu says she is afraid of being robbed when going through the rusty-looking underpass on the corner of 24th Pl. and Stewart Ave. (Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang/MEDILL)

Feeling water dripping down from above, Yu picks up her pace.

“You have to be careful when you cross the underpass, especially at night,” she says. “People will take your bags.”

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