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Hazing death of Chinese student to be recalled in film Brazil’s Chinese to shoot film on student murdered in university hazing

Brazil’s Chinese to shoot film on student murdered in university hazing
RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) — Members of the Chinese community in Brazil will shoot a film based on the true story of an ethnic Chinese student who died in a university hazing, local press reported on Friday.

It will be the first film produced by Chinese citizens residing in Brazil.

Hsueh, a 22-year-old Chinese descent, started medical school in 1999 at the University of Sao Paulo. He was pushed into a swimming pool and drowned by veteran students who staged a hazingto “welcome” newcomers to the course, one of the most disputed in the country.

Yuan Yiping, a Sao Paulo resident for 15 years and editor of a local community newspaper, is the screenwriter of the bilingual film in both Portuguese and mandarin. He said the film aims to describe the living conditions of some 200,000 ethnic Chinese in Brazil.

“We want to show the changes following Edison’s death,” he sad.

Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice (STJ) archived the case seven years later, with none of the accused punished.

The incident shocked the Chinese community in Brazil at the time.

“We expected the murderers to be found and punished according to law,” Fernando Ou, president of the Chinese Cultural Association of Brazil, told the press on Friday.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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