China

Susan Bence

This month, Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee’s Whitnall Park has taken on an exotic look. The visiting display called China Lights covers eight acres of the gardens. At night the display lights up.

The welcome gate pulls you through a world lined with peach trees. Just ahead flowers sparkle in a sunken garden. Turn your head to discover colorful lotus fairies, turn another direction and pandas at play appear.

And you’ve barely seen anything – including the 22-foot tall dragon.
 

Artist Ziming Luo created the show.

Claire Moseley

As Milwaukee area’s schools prepare to wrap up classes, students of all ages are thinking about their summer plans. 

But the end of the school year marks the end of a long period away from home for students at one institution. The Wisconsin International Academy itself isn’t a school – rather it’s the home away from home for dozens of high school age students from China, who are attending schools in the Milwaukee area.

The academy occupies a former motel along Bluemound Road in the western reaches of Wauwatosa.

Lindsey Dineen

Like many American teenagers, some Chinese high schoolers think they’re pretty independent – and don’t need parents around.

Courtesy of Jian Sun

A growing number of teenagers from China are living in the Milwaukee area, while they attend all four years of high school here.

S Bence

Chinese New Year is coming to Milwaukee a little late this year. We step in to a rehearsal at the Brookfield Community Senior Center.

courtesy Liam Callanan

If UW-Milwaukee English professor Liam Callanan assigned a "What I Did on My Summer Vacation" essay, his students would be hard-pressed to top his own story.

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Hua Jun Zhao to time already served in jail (4 1/2 months), plus two years probation.

FreedomHouse, flickr.

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