Lei Tang, a sophomore majoring in education.

Influx of Chinese students creates cultural challenges

The numbers of Chinese students, as the largest group of international students in the U.S., has increased dramatically in recent years, according to the Institute of International Education. The institute said that from 2005 to 2009 India sent the most students to the U.S. From 2010 to 2016, China became the largest source of international students in the U.S.

Ramie Taher, an American Syrian and member of the Muslim Students’ Association at Michigan State University

Trump travel ban creates uncertainty for Muslim students

When President Trump signed an executive order in January attempting to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, Muslim students on college campuses — including at Michigan State University — responded with protests. Federal courts blocked the order, along with another signed in March. But Trump’s efforts have created uncertainty for some students.

Sohail Chaudhry, standing in front of a verse from the Quran in his office at The Islamic Center of East Lansing Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017.

Living in East Lansing as a Muslim

Lansing area Muslims say they’re seeing increasing hostility toward their community. Nationally, anti-Muslim assaults in 2015 reached the highest level since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. There were 91 aggravated or simple assaults motivated by anti-Muslim bias in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of FBI hate crime statistics. That was a 63 percent increase over the previous year and the highest since 93 were reported in 2001.

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.

Chen was studying Fa Lun Gong book in her dormitory. ”I think I am different from other people. I do get in touch with Chinese culture. That’s because I practice Fa Lun Gong.”

Students deal with stereotypes while celebrating their Asian cultures

At Michigan State University, 5.8 percent students at the university are of an Asian heritage, according to the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives 2015-16 annual report on diversity. That’s about 2,500 students. To understand what it’s like to be from an Asian racial background at Michigan State University, we interviewed three Asian American students — Sho Nakashima, Annie Chen, and Sarah Vang — and a student from China, Lei Xu. “For me, the most personally upsetting has been the stereotype that Asian immigrant families are privileged and wealthy,” said Nakashima, an MSU graduate who studied social relations and policy and neuroscience. He is a first-generation American.

Professor of Finance at Michigan State University Professor of Finance Andrei Simonov.

Gap between rich and poor is getting wider

Your chances of beating out mom and dad financially are lower than you think.

Americans born in the 1940s had a 92 percent chance of earning more money than their parents. By the 1960s, that number had dropped by almost a third, to 62 percent. And by the 1980s, the chances were only 50 percent, according to The Equality of Opportunity Project.