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2020

Murals in Chicago: an Open Conversation concerning Immigration History, Civil Rights and Cultural Identities

Author: Chuqing (Louisa) Zhao Program of Study: SSD MAPSS Three years ago, when I first came to the United States, I was deeply impressed by murals. The city is a big and living canvas for people coming from different corners of the world. Paintings on walls vividly tell stories about race and immigration, hope and inspiration. Through a city...
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2020

Boystown: Understand inclusivity from multidimensions

Author: Cao Ruochen Program of Study: SSD MAPSS Located in the north part of Chicago, Boystown is one of the most renowned LGBTQ neighborhoods in the world. This spot has witnessed the Pride Parades every June for decades since the Stonewall Uprising in 1969. According to a local queer activist, Devlyn Camp, the nickname Boystown was given by columnist...
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2020

Finding Chicago – The Rhythm of tango in the City of Chicago

Author: Wei Zhang Program of Study: SSD MAPSS The Rhythm of tango in the City of Chicago Big cities attract immigrants, searching for a “promising Eden”( Yanes, Gonzalez). In the late 1800s, Argentina’s government depicted such an enchanting picture which drew people living in Europe to this continent without considering the amalgamation of distinctive cultures, values and living habits....
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2020

An Embodiment of Empire: Lincoln Park Conservatory Revisited

Author: Qiyu Yang Program of Study: Humanities MAPH A sense of tranquility embraces me when I virtually enter the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The first statue that comes into view – a girl in meditation – guides me to Arcadia. Taro leaves, papyrus and lotus growing out of the little pond create an illusion that I’m walking into a long-lost...
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2020

What Goes Around Comes Around- ‘Reverse Discrimination’ in Chinatown Rental Market

Author: Yier Program of Study: SSD Computational Social Science Much to many people’s surprise, Chinatown has always been a mystery to me as a Chinese citizen. Despite the same descent and traditional culture I share with Chinatown residents, how they are nurtured and influenced by their local cultures has always confounded me: will they welcome me as a fellow...
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2020

Pullman: A Time Capsule To The First Industrial Utopia in the United States

Author: Mingyang Sun Program of Study: SSD MAPSS Heading south along the S Cottage Grove Ave from the University of Chicago by car, within 20 minutes, we will arrive at Pullman, a neighborhood located on Chicago’s south side. The main purpose of our short trip to the Pullman neighborhood is to visit Pullman National Monument, also known as the...
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2019

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

Author: Yongfei Lu Program of Study: SSD Computational Social Science 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 cycling in the lanes. Outside of those...
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2019

The Propagation and Adaption of Shin Buddhism in Chicago

Author: Wuxing Shi Program of Study: Divinity Religious Studies The Propagation and Adaption of Shin Buddhism in Chicago Kuan-Wei Lin 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...
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2019

Stranded by gentrification: The German navigating a changing neighborhood

Author: Carina Koerner Program of Study: SSD MAPSS (MA Program in the Social Sciences) 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 of the benches. Humboldt Park, as well...
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2019

Pilsen: The Land of Immigration

Author: Joonsuk Kang Program of Study: PSD Statistics 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’ life. Her characters suffer from...
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