By Suzanne Lee and Lydia Lowe
Much is being made of a lawsuit alleging discrimination against Asian American applicants to Harvard University in order to reinforce the narrative that race should no longer be a factor in the admissions process. Plaintiffs allege that Asian American applicants with top scores for academics, test results and extracurricular activities were nonetheless admitted at lower levels than applicants of other races, when factors such as “personality” were taken into consideration. The suit is led by Students for Fair Admissions, a conservative organization that has opposed affirmative action programs on behalf of white applicants in the past.
Workers demand $15/hour minimum wage in Boston(file photo).
By Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang
At the Boston Public Schools, we believe that our budget is a values statement, reflecting our commitment to creating the best schools for all our students. Through the BPS budget, we prioritize investing in every individual learner throughout their academic career. We must ensure that all students — regardless of their race, native language, or immigration status — have equitable access to the supports they need to prepare them to succeed in college, career, and life.
(Mr. Davis Woo passed away on Sept. 18, 2017 at age 86. A memorial service was held in Boston on Sept. 28.)
2011 CHSNE Sojourner Awards Recipient Davis Woo
By Sherry Dong, for CHSNE Chronicle Fall 2011 Vol. 17, No. 1
By almost any measure, Davis Woo, 80, is an accomplished man. He earned a doctorate in engineering from one of the most renowned universities in the world, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, served in the U.S. Army, and had a long and rewarding career. But Davis’ greatest successes cannot be measured by the prestige of his degrees or the rungs he scaled on the corporate ladder. His greatest legacy includes his large and beautiful family—including his wife, Susie of 55 years, their children and grandchildren and his work in the greater Chinatown community. There, for over ﬁve decades, he has devoted his passion and energy to helping those in need, improving services and living conditions, and enriching, preserving, and sharing Chinese culture.
Picture of Mr. Davis Woo in 2008 (CHSNE file photo).
Protest against MA House Bill H3361 in Boston Common.
By Hua Hai, alumnae of Xiangya Medical College
We graduated from a historically well-known medical school, where we made great efforts in studying modern medical sciences and clinical diagnostic/treatment skills. Naturally, once we made decision to practice medicine in the USA, every single one of our alumni would aim at the Western medicine path. And the record of our overseas alumni during the past 10 – 20 years has proven that our medical training at Xiangya is solid and well-done. The Xiangya’s education has nurtured so many outstanding clinicians in the US.
Picture from the Acupuncture Day event at Massachusetts State House in Oct. 2016 (bostonese.com file photo).
Dec. 23, 2016
On behalf of the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, we would like to wish everyone a holiday season filled with joy and peace. This has been a difficult year for our communities and we are committed as a Department and as a City Government to continue to protect, support, and engage our immigrant residents. Boston’s past and future are inextricably linked to the immigrants that come, generation after generation, to fulfill their dreams and make our city thrive.
Mayor Walsh and director Alejandra St. Guillen presented the “We Are Boston Leadership Award” to Cruz Companies CEO John Cruz, III (middle).
By Huichun Xu, MD, PhD
As a doctor or biomedical researcher, you may already know the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest funding source for biomedical research in the world. NIH is a USA federal medical research agency, providing funding not only for thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in the USA but also for research institutions around the world. The goal of NIH is to make important discoveries that improve health and save lives.
Dr. Huichun Xu (file photo).
By Mark Liu
With the election of the next U.S. President coming November 8th, voters will be faced with an important decision about the direction of our country. While there has been much coverage in the Chinese newspapers of the two main candidates, Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party and Donald Trump of the Republican Party, there has not been enough attention paid to the extremely anti-immigrant and racist views of Donald Trump and their roots.
By Michael Liu
Spet. 22, 2016, — Community Land Trusts have spread across the U.S. to sustain the type of land and buildings that most of its residents need.
As the wealthy move into particular areas and drive up prices for land and housing, longtime residents often get pushed out of their neighborhoods. With the influx of luxury housing into Chinatown since 2000, longtime row house owners with limited resources for needed repairs are selling to new investors for top dollar, and low-income tenants are evicted in favor of higher-paying renters. Today’s prices—more than a million dollars for a brick row house in disrepair—are driven by the wild rise and fall of the market more than the actual condition of the building.
Board members of CCLT at a meeting of Chinatown Residents Association earlier this year. (photo by Xinming Li, bostonese.com)
By Neil Chyten, the Chyten Center
You may be loath to ask your 15-year-old daughter to think about college campuses and dormitory life and majors. No one would blame you. After all, it is difficult enough to get a 9th grader to think about cleaning his room or washing her hands, or to answer a question about homework. But…college? Is it even appropriate to ask a student 15 year old, perhaps just a few months out of middle school, where she would like to spend her 20th birthday? Of course, the answer to that question is no.
Mr. Chyten(right), nicknamed as the SAT Guy, has over 30 year experience in preparing students for college.
Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a production of the Asian American Resource Workshop. BAAFF builds on 35-years of AARW supporting the Asian American Community through film,
By Hillary Clinton
Like so many people across America, I have been following the news of the past few days with horror and grief.
By Anna Zhou
Good evening. I am incredibly honored to be here with you. Thank you so much to the SinoAmerican Pharmaceutical Professionals Association New England (SAPA-NE) for selecting me as a recipient of your scholarship.
By Chun-Fai Chan
(Mr. Chan was a Chinese-American former educator in Boston and is now graduate student in the Master’s of Public Administration program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.)
Dear Chinese Americans, We Need to Have a Talk About Race in America.
The recent Chinese American protests in support of Officer Peter Liang have made me uneasy about how little Chinese Americans know about the complicated issues of race in America. It is time that we as Chinese Americans start to have this conversation, because it is clearly not as simple as supporting Officer Liang because he is “one of us”. This premise actually dismisses all the complications of how race has shaped Chinese American lives in America and also dismisses the lives of the people who are the true victims of this tragedy, Akai Gurley and his family.
Thank you, Matt [Kiefer], thank you Sam [Tyler]. Thank you everyone for supporting the Municipal Research Bureau. I’d also like to thank Bob Gallery for his service as the Chair of the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees, as well as new trustee Cheryl Cronin. And I’d like to introduce some new team leaders in the City of Boston.