Shengqiao Chen spent two and a half years at York County prison while his asylum case was pending. He has been living in the United States for longer than he lived in China, and has no immediate family left in his native Fujian Province. Few people call him by his Chinese given name any longer — his wife and children know him only as Sean.
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Residents socialize and children play in the tranquil plaza of Mage, a small town that has seen an increase in violence as pacification efforts in Rio de Janeiro are forcing drug traffickers out of the capital's favelas, or shantytowns.
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