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Mystery of missing Chinese scholar shakes up Illinois school

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This undated photo provided by The University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. (Courtesy of the University of Illinois Police Department via AP) This undated photo provided by The University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. (Courtesy of the University of Illinois Police Department via AP)

By MICHAEL TARM and DIDI TANG
Associated Pres

CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities are searching for a young Chinese scholar who vanished from the University of Illinois three weeks ago as she headed out to sign an apartment lease.

The June 9 disappearance of Yingying Zhang (ying ying zhawng) is being treated as a kidnapping. The case has shaken staff and students at Illinois' flagship public school in Urbana-Champaign. And it's led some parents of Chinese students studying at American universities to question whether it's safe to send their children to the United States.

Zhang is the daughter of a working-class factory driver from China. She took the same career path as many other young Chinese academics before her by travelling to a university in the U.S. with dreams of one day landing a professorship and being able to help her parents financially.

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