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A Chicagoan Experience in London and Supporting Fulham FC

A Chicagoan Experience in London and Supporting Fulham FC
This is the next post in my series on Chicagoan experiences in England. Alisa Jordan, the blogger of No Bags to Check guest blogs and shares her experiences of living in London. She has also lived in Baltimore and Boston, and currently resides in Chicago. On her move to London I moved to London on... Read more »

A Chicago Student's experience in London

A Chicago Student's experience in London
For my next series of posts, I am exploring Chicagoan experiences in England. Yimian is a 24 year old Chinese student living in Chicago. She moved to London to study at Brunel University for a year before moving on to London School of Journalism for a further three months. She currently studies Finance at graduate... Read more »

A Chicagoan's take on Diwali

A Chicagoan's take on Diwali
Diwali is an Indian festival that is celebrated by Indian communities around the world. Known also as the ‘festival of lights,’ it is celebrated by the Hindu and Sikh communities in Chicago, with the day marking the triumph of good over evil. Festivities include the distributing of Indian sweets to families and friends, the lighting... Read more »
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Interview with Indie Pop Rocker Zain Lodhia

Interview with Indie Pop Rocker Zain Lodhia
Zain Lodhia is a South Asian singer and song writer based in Chicago. New on the indie/pop rock scene, his musical journey started as a hobby in college which then became a serious passion. Zain Lodhia has a diverse range of influences and released the Memories EP in June 2011. He has recently released his... Read more »

Initiative to develop technological and research links with Chicago

I came across another video lately (from a few years back!) that focused on the links between Birmingham, England and Chicago, but in a different way. This video features Dr. Norman Price, who is the Chair of Birmingham Science City, on his quest in Chicago (and Illinois as a whole) to develop the technological and... Read more »

Students in Sister City Cultural Exchange program

I came across this video recently and, given the theme and title of my blog, I thought it would be cool to share it. Titled Sister City Sisters, a co-production from Fruit Tree Films and Maverick TV, this 30 minute film follows Brummie art student Dina Choudhury on her visit to Chicago which also sees... Read more »
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A Sikh teenager's thoughts on the Wisconsin Temple Shootings

Amrit, a 17 year old Sikh teenager living in Chicago and aspiring rap artist (known by his rap alias Alpha Singh) talks to me about the Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings in Oak Creek.   What was the reaction in Chicago from Sikhs after the first Wisconsin shootings? Everyone here was really affected by the Wisconsin... Read more »

One Year Anniversary of Oak Creek Sikh Temple Tragedy

A year ago on the 5th of August, Wade Michael Page embarked on a shooting rampage on a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Six were shot dead and four were injured. Just less than two weeks later, another Sikh citizen was shot dead in an attempted robbery of a grocery store in Milwaukee. The... Read more »

Chicago Rapper 'Shake' shakes onto the Rap Scene

Chicago Rapper 'Shake' shakes onto the Rap Scene
Abhishek Iyer, known by his rap alias Shake, is another aspiring South Asian rapper hoping to make his mark on Chicago’s growing rap scene. He has already displayed his talent to freestyle over hip hop beats via his YouTube channel, and he has created numerous music videos including a ‘Derrick Rose anthem.’ Despite being unsigned,... Read more »
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My Hopes, My Aims, My Ambitions – Dreams Shattered?

I thought for this latest blog post, I would take the opportunity to blog about how I started blogging for ChicagoNow and some of the aims I hoped to achieve out of it. I am from a city in England called Birmingham, and it might seem a little (or a lot) odd of why someone... Read more »