Archives for Writing

2019

Exploration of Andersonville, a Congregation of Swedish immigrants — Comparison of Chinese and Swedish Immigration

Author: Yongfei Lu Program of Study: Master in Computational Social Science, Division of the Social Sciences (SSD) On the morning of September 7th, I took a bus with my teammate from Hyde Park to Andersonville. It was a sunny day. On the way to our destination, we passed by long tracks along the Michigan Lake. People were running or...
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2019

The Propagation and Adaption of Shin Buddhism in Chicago

Author: Wuxing Shi Program of Study: Master in Religious Studies, Divinity School (DIV) The Midwest Buddhist Temple (MBT), located at 435W Menomonee Street in the Old Town neighborhood, is a Japanese Jodo Shinshu (淨土真宗) temple. My two classmates and I set out our journey on Saturday morning Sep 7. The present minister in charge, Rev. Ron Miyamura, kindly opened...
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2019

Stranded by gentrification: The German navigating a changing neighborhood

Author: Carina Koerner Program of Study: Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), Division of the Social Sciences (SSD) The first thing visitors encounter walking into Humboldt Park, one of the largest public green spaces in Chicago, might most likely be a group of Puerto Ricans playing Bomba, having a barbecue, or a family gathering on one...
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2019

Pilsen: The Land of Immigration

Author: Joonsuk Kang Program of Study: PhD in Statistics, Physical Sciences Division (PSD) Two years ago, I moved to the United States. As a newcomer to this land, I have been deeply interested in the histories and stories of other newcomers, or immigrants in general. One of my favorite authors is Jhumpa Lahiri, who writes fiction about Indian immigrants’...
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2019

Feeling Mexican Styles in Pilsen

Author: Minghao Yang Program of Study: Master in Computational Social Science, Division of the Social Sciences (SSD) Pilsen, which refers to either a populous city of Czech, or a renowned type of beer born in Czech, seems to have nothing to do with Mexico or Mexicans; however, Pilsen in Chicago is an exception, with Mexican ingredients building up its...
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2019

The Identity of Pilsen—Spanish Language Presence, Cultural Appropriation, and Gentrification

Author: Yuxin Fan Program of Study: Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH), Division of the Humanities (HUM) For any visitors to neighborhoods formed by an ethnic diaspora, they must have been greeted by the profusion of street names and shop signs in foreign languages. Indeed, racial minority groups tend to congregate when migrating to a new place....
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2019

To Kill A Neighborhood: Urban Transport Policies and the Decline of Bronzeville

Author: Alvin Ulido Lumbanraja Program of Study: Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), Division of the Social Sciences (SSD) Before Bronzeville gained notoriety in recent decades as a low-income, high-crime, and depopulated neighborhood, it used to be a thriving hub of the African-American community during the early to mid-20th century. Thousands of African-Americans who migrated north...
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