Chinese Hot Pot

3 countries, 3 cuisines

Spring 2017 welcomed 7,051 enrolled international students to Michigan State University. These students make up about 14 percent of the Spartan student body. Most of the university’s international students come from China, Korea, India, Canada and Saudi Arabia. With them, each student brings a piece of their culture to Greater Lansing. Ethnic restaurants spanning from Okemos to downtown Lansing play a large role in quilting the area’s cultural mosaic.

Local women feel apprehensive after Clinton’s loss

Pamela Hall grabbed for her necklace, tossing the diamond pendant between her thumb and forefinger. Tears welling in her eyes, she looked around Meridian Mall Macy’s to check for customers. “This is my depression necklace,” said the bridal registry consultant. “I bought it for myself two days after Election Day. Whenever I’m feeling sad about the election outcome, I just grab for my necklace and remind myself that God is in control.”

Hall’s reaction was not an uncommon one – 94 percent of Clinton supporters said they would feel scared if Donald Trump won the election, according to CNN exit poll data.

#OurVoteCounts: Getting millennial women registered this election

If every millennial woman voted, there would be a huge voting bloc in this election, said Katherine Mirani, news editor at Her Campus. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, 64 percent of women reported voting in the 2012 election. But of those voters, only 45 percent of women age 18-24 voted, compared to 61 percent of voters age 24-44, 70 percent of voters age 45-64 and 73 percent of voters age 65-74. “We have a lot of power as young women,” said the editor, 24, from Boston, “but we have to actually use it.”

On Sept. 27, Her Campus – a new-media brand for empowered college women based in Boston, Mass.

Medina Osmanagic: How immigrant status can affect voter identity

Medina Osmanagic is a child of Bosnian immigrants — an identity that has drastically influenced her participation in American politics. “My family is not very Americanized and barely speaks English,” said the junior studying neuroscience and Spanish at Michigan State University. “They feel like they are less than everyone else.”

While her parents have lived in the United States for 19 years – after seeking refuge from the Bosnian War – they continue to hold a strong connection to their home country. This relationship with Bosnia has specifically affected Osmanagic’s willingness to participate in U.S. elections. “My parents have never voted a day in our (family’s) lives, so they never pushed it on us,” said Osmanagic.