Illinois primary results highlight rising political power of Asian Americans


By Jenny G. Zhang Tuesday’s primary election proved a big win for Asian Americans, as candidates Theresa Mah, Josina Morita, Tammy Duckworth and Raja Krishnamoorthi won their respective races in Illinois. Mah and Morita made history by becoming, respectively, the first Asian American elected to the Illinois General Assembly and the first Asian American elected […]

“Collective Voices, Shared Journeys”: Art that pays homage to survivors of gender violence

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By Jenny G. Zhang Malala Yousafzai. Benazir Bhutto. Gloria Gaynor. These women of color – activists, leaders, cultural icons – stand in sharp relief against the sky-blue background of the collage. Pasted together, their edges overlapping, the figures pay homage to survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, political violence, deportation, incarceration and hate crimes. “They […]

Chinese artist Xu Bing on inspiration, creativity and the future of art

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By Jenny G. Zhang What is the source of inspiration? According to acclaimed Chinese artist Xu Bing, the answer is all around us. “Our creations will always be a response to the new energy and questions or problems that occur from our social reality,” said Xu, who spoke before a full auditorium at the Art […]

Japanese Americans commemorate the 74th anniversary of World War II internment

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By Jenny G. Zhang Jean Mishima was 6 years old when she and her family were forced to leave their home in California and relocate to an internment camp 600 miles away in Gila River, Arizona. “My parents, they lost everything,” Mishima recalled. Their five acres of farmland, their livelihoods, their dignity – all of […]

Anger erupts over “comfort women” settlement between Japan and South Korea

By Jenny Lee and Jenny G. Zhang Min-Ah Cho feels like the last 20 years have been wasted. Cho visited Chicago for a demonstration last Wednesday to protest a recent settlement reached by the foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea to end the two countries’ long-standing dispute over Japan’s sexual enslavement of thousands of […]