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Keeping the tradition alive: Dragon boat races

by Elizabeth Wang
Jun 6, 2014

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Co-captain of the UIC Pyro Paddlers Jenny Korn shows off a shirt she received from one of her first dragon boat races in Boston, Massachusetts.


Dragon boat racing is a long-standing tradition that started in China thousands of years ago. Now, it's crossed overseas and has become an international water sport for anyone to join. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, host Elizabeth Wang speaks with captains from two teams of last year's Chicago Chinatown Dragon Boat Race for Literacy, as well as one of the organizers. The goal is to raise money to promote literacy among youth in the Chicago area and spread awareness of culture and diversity.