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abducted Zhang 娱乐地图品茶微信off campus and raped, stabbed, choked and beat her with a baseball bat before decapitating her at his Urbana apartment.
Admission of guiltThe start of the trial, Christensen’s admission presented by his attorney and the gory details of how
Zhang was killed have put the case back in the spotlight of massive media coverage both in the US and
China. And it has had a ripple effect on overseas Chinese students and their families thousands of miles away.
Of the more than 1 million foreign students enrolled at universiti
es in the US, 350,755, or about 35 percent are Chinese, according to the Open Doors study
by the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit organization supported by the US government.
“I first heard about this case when I was still in China two years ago, at the
time I accepted an admission offer from UI. I was so shocked, and I remember that many newly admit