“Starting a business is hard,” say young Chinese entrepreneurs in East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Michigan – 2017 had been a busy year for Shangdong Li, a Chinese student who just graduated from MSU’s hospitality business school. After a year-long preparation, his Cajun style seafood restaurant, Crab Hero, finally opened in November. It all started when one of his friends recommended The Angry Crab, a chain restaurant that features Cajun-style seafood in Chicago. “It was delicious, and they had many customers,” Li recalled. “Then I traveled to Las Vegas, New York and Orlando.

Chinese student organizations move recruitment date ahead due to competition

EAST LANSING – Chao Shen arrives at Bessey Hall early morning one weekend morning in January. He’s wearing a shirt and tie with a stack of evaluation forms in his hand. He is a member of the Chinese Undergraduate Students Association, and he’s here to interview potential new members. Every semester, CUSA interviews candidates to select new members, but this year is a little different: The recruitment is half a month earlier than last spring. One reason for the earlier date is that another Chinese student organization, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, set its recruitment date, one day before CUSA’s.