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A portrait of Qianshan (Ben) Weng.

Qianshan (Ben) Weng, Multimedia Editor

Qianshan Weng is a junior studying Media, Culture and Communication and Journalism. You may pronounce his name as "chi''en-shan", or, if it makes your life easier, just call him "Ben." He grew up in Shenzhen, China, and has spent the last five years or so saying that he wants to learn Cantonese. The answers to the questions "when will he finally start?" and "why is this taking him so long?" remain mysteries, even to himself. You can reach out to him at [email protected]

All content by Qianshan (Ben) Weng
The interior of a ramen shop, with tables and an open kitchen. A person stands in the kitchen cooking.

Photo: Noodle nirvana: Ramen shops near campus you can’t miss

Feb 15, 2024

Minca Ramen Factory. (Qianshan Weng for WSN)

The “Grades and Transcripts” section of Albert is displayed on a laptop screen in front of a dark purple background.

Photo: Midterm grades replaced with progress reports

Jan 24, 2024

Students will no longer receive midterm grades on Albert from the spring 2024 semester onwards. (Graphic by Qianshan Weng)

An illustration of a megaphone with the phrase “Staff Rants” written on it. The megaphone wears a red Santa hat and the background is white with blue snowflakes.

Staff Rants: Holiday Overload

It's the end of the term, which means it's the holiday season! WSN staff shares their thoughts about it — the good and the bad, but mostly the bad.

On giving gifts Krish Dev — Deputy News Editor  Whenever I have to buy gifts for the holidays, I feel like I am walking on a tightrope — it’s a delicate balance between...

A bowl containing tikkis (potato patties), brown rice, cilantro, onions, and chickpeas.

Photo: Crave’s new Vindy station is a hit-or-miss attempt at Indian food

Oct 6, 2023

Tikki Alu Chole. (Qianshan Weng for WSN)

A statue of an inverted face is placed on a wooden stool. Fabrics of different patterns are placed under the stool.

Photo: Sanford Biggers’ ‘Meet Me on the Equinox’ reclaims repatriation

Oct 5, 2023

The Repatriate (2023). (Qianshan Weng for WSN)

A man wearing a blue cap sits on a chair outside of a cafe, and there are potted plants and flowers placed outside the windows

Photo: Celebrate spring at these floral cafes

Apr 26, 2023

(Qianshan Weng for WSN)

A woman wearing glasses and a brown dress gives a speech behind a podium.

Photo: CAS student council to hold schoolwide vote on campaign rules

Apr 20, 2023

Adiba Chowdhury, the community service chair of the CAS Student Council, addressing the student government. (Qianshan Weng for WSN)

A group of people sitting in a room with a clock on the side. Two speakers stand in front of the crowd with one of them holding a microphone while pointing to the crowd.

Photo: CAS student council ousts president candidate from election

Apr 13, 2023

Prash Allam (left), vice president of the CAS Student Council, and Ron Hall (right), senator of the CAS Student Council, taking questions from members of the Student General Assembly....

Bill de Blasio wears a light navy suit while standing next to an N.Y.U. Wagner podium, during the question-and-answer portion of an event he was appearing at.

Photo: Bill de Blasio on his political career, Andrew Cuomo and Amazon

Apr 11, 2023

Bill de Blasio answers questions at an event organized by NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. (Qianshan Weng for WSN)

Robert Santos, the U.S. Census Bureau director, sits on a stage with two hosts on each side of him, speaking to the audience with a microphone in his hand. The backdrop behind him indicates that the event is at N.Y.U.’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Photo: US Census director on how to count 330 million people

Mar 30, 2023

Robert Santos, the director of the U.S. Census Bureau, spoke at an event hosted by NYU’s journalism department on Wednesday. (Qianshan Weng for WSN)

A woman in a brown jacket stands in between two lines of people filing along a sidewalk, holding various cardboard signs in the shape of the U.A.W. logo.

Photo: ‘We’ll be back’: Contract faculty continue fight for unionization 

Mar 24, 2023

Members of NYU’s contract faculty union rallied in front of Bobst Library on March 23 to demand that the university recognize their union. (Qianshan Weng for WSN)

The exterior of a restaurant at night. The storefront is fixed with a red awning with text that reads, “at.Verlaine.N.Y.C. 110 Verlaine.”

Photo: Booze on a budget: Happy hour spots near NYU

Mar 3, 2023

(Qianshan Weng for WSN)

The outside of N.Y.U.s Broome Street residence hall, a beige building with a green overhang that says four-hundred.

Photo: Ranked: Dorm Hookup Spots

Feb 26, 2023

(Qianshan Weng for WSN)

Five panelists speaking on a stage in dim lighting. There is a projector screen behind them with the text “Rice Stories” that indicates the event is held at the Museum of the City of New York.

Photo: My relationship with rice: Rediscovering its richness

Feb 20, 2023

Rice is the core of many cultures’ cuisines. (Qianshan Weng for WSN)

A person wearing a big-headed Buddha mask guides a lion to its offerings, a bowl of grapefruit and pastries.

A dance of lions

A photographer’s encounter with one of the largest Lunar New Year celebrations in New York’s Chinatown.
Qianshan Weng, Staff Photographer Feb 17, 2023

Several items laid across a gray tabletop including a notebook with Hello Kitty stickers, a pink laptop with Hello Kitty stickers, a smartphone, a pink notebook, a plastic pencil box with three pink pens inside, a pink bottle of hand sanitizer, a Hello Kitty themed hand cream and lip balm set, a pair of wireless headphones, and a Coach wallet.

Photo: NYU, what’s in your tote?

Jan 26, 2023

(Qianshan Weng for WSN)

A female wearing a black down coat and carrying a tablet in her left hand speaks to a group of people in Chinatown. She is wearing a microphone on her ear.

Photo: Small-business renewal program rekindles Chinatown spirit

Dec 15, 2022

The tour, hosted by the Mott Street Girls, started at the New China Hair Salon. (Qianshan Weng for WSN)

A female wearing a black down coat and carrying a tablet in her left hand speaks to a group of people in Chinatown. She is wearing a microphone on her ear.

Small-business renewal program rekindles Chinatown spirit

To bring Chinatown businesses affected by the pandemic back to the forefront, the Mott Street Girls held a walking tour that featured recipients of Citizens Bank’s Renewal Fund.
Linsey Liao and Qianshan Weng Dec 15, 2022

On a cold winter day in Manhattan’s Chinatown, a group congregated at the New China Hair Salon — a colorful, well-kept store nestled at Doyers Street. This was the starting...

Four people sit in front of two green posters with the word “Citizens written over them in white font. In the background is white backdrop with several “Renaissance” logos on top. Next to them is a female speaking behind a transparent podium with a “Renaissance” logo. There is a small group of people sitting in front of them.

Photo: Review: ‘Living’ is a remarkably pointless rendition of an all-time classic

Dec 15, 2022

Citizens Renewal Fund was the largest corporate grant for Chinatown in recent years. (Qianshan Weng for WSN)

Sofia Saleh with her arms and legs covered by the text “WOMEN” written with black chalk.

The resonant silence of performance artist Sofia Saleh

WSN photographers capture a performance artist protesting against the Iranian regime in silence in Washington Square Park on Nov. 4.
Shirene Anand and Qianshan Weng Nov 11, 2022

Iran erupted into mass political unrest after the death of Mahsa Amini — a 22-year-old woman who died after reportedly not wearing her hijab in accordance with government...

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