USC Shooting Brings Together Divided Asian Community
Kwon Hans, a 24 year-old masters student, walked out of his class at 7:30 pm Wednesday to attend the vigil held in honor of Ming Qu and Ying Wu, two University of Southern California students who were murdered Wednesday.
“I’m proud of being Chinese student today. I was in middle of class, and I told the professor I had to go. I thought I would be the only one, but all the other people came behind me. I was so moved,” said Hans.
He was the only international student from China in the class, and he was surprised when students from Taiwan, Hong Kong as well as Asian Americans picked up their belongings and followed him.
The international Asian student population at USC came together as a family Wednesday regardless of political divides. For students thousands of miles away from home, the shooting brought together a community separated by the Pacific Ocean on one end, and language barriers on the other.
“The Dalai Lama says we focus on the different, but we should actually focus on our similarities. It doesn’t matter when it’s something like this. We are human being. In this crowd there’s African American, White, Spanish. Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Chinese students,” said Hans, “We are all the Trojan family.”
Students from Asia wrote prayers and goodbyes in Chinese on letterheads, lit by the glow of the candles brought by friends of the victims. Near the end of the vigil when the television stations and reporters had come and gone, those closest to Qu and Wu held up pictures of the two on their phones. They placed their phones by the tens of flowers that grievers had brought to the scene, and they did what all Chinese do to honor the dead— they bowed three times.

USC Shooting Brings Together Divided Asian Community

Kwon Hans, a 24 year-old masters student, walked out of his class at 7:30 pm Wednesday to attend the vigil held in honor of Ming Qu and Ying Wu, two University of Southern California students who were murdered Wednesday.

“I’m proud of being Chinese student today. I was in middle of class, and I told the professor I had to go. I thought I would be the only one, but all the other people came behind me. I was so moved,” said Hans.

He was the only international student from China in the class, and he was surprised when students from Taiwan, Hong Kong as well as Asian Americans picked up their belongings and followed him.

The international Asian student population at USC came together as a family Wednesday regardless of political divides. For students thousands of miles away from home, the shooting brought together a community separated by the Pacific Ocean on one end, and language barriers on the other.

“The Dalai Lama says we focus on the different, but we should actually focus on our similarities. It doesn’t matter when it’s something like this. We are human being. In this crowd there’s African American, White, Spanish. Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Chinese students,” said Hans, “We are all the Trojan family.”

Students from Asia wrote prayers and goodbyes in Chinese on letterheads, lit by the glow of the candles brought by friends of the victims. Near the end of the vigil when the television stations and reporters had come and gone, those closest to Qu and Wu held up pictures of the two on their phones. They placed their phones by the tens of flowers that grievers had brought to the scene, and they did what all Chinese do to honor the dead— they bowed three times.

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    Lulz, original article said “oriental,” not “Asian.” People are dumb.
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    I would not presume to tell Asian Americans that oriental is not offensive. It is a derogatory term in the United States...
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