Chinese festivals bring diverse students together at the Pretoria Chinese School

By Xiaozhang (Shaw) Wan Medill Reports The traditional Chinese drum team joins together students of diverse origins and is part of the celebration for Chinese festivals at the Pretoria Chinese School in South Africa. As drumbeats rang in the Year of the Dog in February, the school came alive with a bang. Singing and dancing, students and staff dressed in […]

Chinese students find love and community in the Werewolves Club

Players close their eyes “at night” when the moderator calls the roles that have abilities to perform their special action. (Xiaozhang (Shaw) Wan/MEDILL

By Xiaozhang (Shaw) Wan Medill Reports Anqi Hu, a 27-year-old Chinese graduate student, didn’t expect to find the love of her life in the Chinese Werewolves Club at Northwestern University. “If it were not for the club, we wouldn’t have met each other,” said Hu, in her 5th year as a mechanical engineering Ph.D. student. […]

Chicago Chinatown parade rings in Year of the Dog

By Xiaozhang (Shaw) Wan Medill Reports Chicago’s Chinatown turned into a sea of colors Sunday as revelers gathered for the annual Lunar New Year Parade. The parade featured a group of dogs to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Marching bands, colorful floats and lion dances attracted about 28,000 people.

Artists track 100 years of Chicago police violence to fight against it


Xiaozhang(Shaw) Wan Medill Reports Artworks about 100 years of Chicago police violence are on exhibition “to help people better understand what led to present circumstances,” according to the exhibition brochure. The exhibition, “Do Not Resist: 100 Years of Chicago Police Violence,” is open through varying February dates, with different works on display at the Hairpin Arts Center, […]

Women’s March draws more than 300,000 to Grant Park

Women's March in Chicago

By Xiaozhang(Shaw) Wan One year after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, more than 300,000 marchers joined the second annual Women’s March in Chicago. They rallied for the votes in November to defeat Trump’s policies and called for more women candidates. “If we don’t register to vote, register our friends and neighbors, knock on doors, support other women who […]