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Sculpture Designed By Renowned Zhou Brothers Honors Chinatown Organizer ‘Bernie’ Wong

Brothers DaHuang and ShanZou Zhou designed the 12-foot sculpture to honor the founder of the Chinese American Service League, who died in April.

A picture of the "Red Angel" sculpture (in Chinatown left) and an archival photo of the Zhou brothers (right).
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CHINATOWN — Two internationally renowned artists are paying tribute to a Chinatown fixture with a new sculpture.

“Red Angel,” a 12-foot sculpture from brothers DaHuang Zhou and ShanZou Zhou, will be unveiled at a private event Tuesday in Chinatown.

The sculpture at the corner of Princeton Avenue and Tan Court is in honor of Bernarda “Bernie” Wong, the founder of the Chinese American Service League who died in late April from stomach cancer. The brothers also wanted to honor the organization, which helped them come to the United States and become citizens.

The service league provides legal assistance, vocational training and social services for people emigrating from China. The Zhou brothers, born in the 1950s, are from Guangxi and moved to the United States in 1986. Their art has gotten attention in Chicago and across the world over the past few decades.

“It’s an amazing part of our story, that we came here with nothing but art to sell, and it’s true,” DaHuang Zhou in a statement. “Without the support we received from Chicago’s Chinatown community and [the Chinese American Service League], the work we’ve been able to do in the United States wouldn’t exist.”

The sculpture, reflective of the brothers’ signature abstract, impressionist style, will be permanently on display in Chinatown near the Chinese American Service League building, 2141 S. Tan Court.

“It is our sincere hope that our journey to citizenship in the United States through [the Chinese American Service League] shows that everyone who wants to be part of the Chinese American community can do so, and that together, Chinese Americans play a vital role in communities throughout the United States,” ShanZou Zhou said in a statement.

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