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)
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By Yingxu Jane Hao
nger toward the conviction of ex-New York City police officer Peter Liang brought Chinese Americans to downtown Chicago over the weekend to demand a fair trial for him and fair treatment for the Chinese American community.
Liang, the 28-year-old rookie cop is the first NYPD officer prosecuted and convicted in a police-involved shooting in the past 10 years. Protesters believe Liang was treated unfairly compared with white officers in similar cases because he belongs to an ethnic minority.
By Shanshan Wang
Thousands of people, mostly Chinese-Americans, marched in downtown Chicago Saturday, calling justice for former NYPD officer Peter Liang, who was convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black man in 2014.
The protesters chanted along the way, holding national flags, signs and banners with slogans conveying the message that selective justice is not justice, and that Liang is a scapegoat. Many of them have been following the news and sharing the protest information on WeChat, the most popular social media platform among Chinese community.
On Saturday, throngs of protesters, many from Chicago’s Chinese American community, decried the guilty verdict in the police shooting trail of Peter Liang in New York. Liang was convicted of shooting Akai Gurley, an African American, in 2014 while on the job as a New York City cop. Many protesters said race is not an issue here and that their main appeal was to have justice in law. However, at least one black woman insisted black lives matter. (Yunfei Zhao / MEDILL)
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