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Political Reality of Being a Minority in America

By Larry Ho, co-founder of 80-20 Political Action Committee

Having lived in the US for over 68 years since 1950, being a co-founder of 80-20 (the Asian American Political Action Organization), and participated in various past federal, state and local election campaigns, I am now at a point in life that I am retired from my job, from active civic and political activities, and professional involvement in various academic and non-profit ventures except my passion to serve in voluntary and supporting role for the good of the community and country I love and to which I am grateful. I am not and have no intention to be a threat to anybody or any organization. There are no hidden agendas in my writing this article below.

Prof. Ho (first from left) at a book release party in Lexington, Mass.
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President Trump Is Invited to Attend the 7th Asian American Day

By Xinming Li, bostonese.com

Boston, March 30, 2017, — Mr. Ye Edward Huang, President of Asian American Association of Boston, sent a letter to President Trump on Tuesday inviting him to attend the Seventh Asian American Day event on Sept. 9, 2017 in Boston.

Group picture of volunteers and performers from The Sixth Asian American Day.
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Four MIT Students Named Schwarzman Scholars, Will Study at Tsinghua University

Kimberly Benard | Office of Distinguished Fellowships, MIT
December 2, 2016
From MIT News

Three undergraduate and one graduate student from MIT have been selected as Schwarzman Scholars. They are among the 129 members of the program’s class of 2018, who will pursue a year of study and leadership training at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

MIT’s four students — Alix de Monts ’14, Lisa Ho, Anita Liu, and Melody Liu — will study public policy, economics and business, and international studies, and spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators, and senior leaders in business, politics, and society. Expenses for each scholar are fully funded by the program, which is housed at Tsinghua University.

Clockwise from top left: Alix de Monts ’14, senior Anita Liu, senior Melody Liu, and senior Lisa Ho have been selected as Schwarzman Scholars (photo credit: MIT News).
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Author Virginia Taylor to Give Talk on The Red Silk Thread

By Xinming Li, bostonese.com

Acton, Mass., Jan. 2, 2017, — The seminar series by Acton Chinese Language School (ACLS) resumes on Sunday, Jan. 8, for the new year. On Jan. 22, Author Virginia Ross Taylor is invited to give a talk on her new book The Red Silk Thread: A Story of International Adoption.

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MIT Alumni and Entrepreneurs Team up to Guide Young Startups

Innovation@ONE business pitch competition features startups and ideas out of Course 1.

Carolyn Schmitt | Civil and Environmental Engineering
December 29, 2016
From MIT News

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is at the forefront of identifying problems and finding new solutions for existing industries and infrastructures to make a big impact around the world. On Nov. 17, eight CEE students and researchers pitched business ideas to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs at the second Innovation@ONE competition, offering solutions to problems at many scales, from public health to physical infrastructure.

At Innovation@ONE, the Most Inventive Business Idea was presented to Jingjie Yeo (left) of Accuro Pressure Silk; the Business Pitch Champion was awarded to Justin Chen (center) of Motus View; and the Best Early Stage Idea was awarded to Paige Midstokke (right) of Safe Tap. (Photo: Allison Dougherty/Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
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Harvard’s Jenny Liu Wins 2016 USA Miss Asia

By Xinming Li, bostonese.com

Boston, Dec. 28, 2016, — For the second year in a row, a contestant from Boston was crowned as the winner of USA Miss Asia pageant. The final contest of 2016 USA Miss Asia was held in Brooklyn, New York, just before the Christmas. Jenny Aizhou Liu(刘爱舟), a graduate student of Harvard University, emerged as the winner from the 10 finalists, mostly students from top Universities like Harvard, BU, BC and Columbia.

Jenny Liu was crowned as this year’s winner (photos provided to bostonese.com).
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Video: Duet of Pianist Yidan Guo and Violinist Shaoqing Xu at MIT

By Xinming Li, bostonese.com

Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 15, 2016, — Pianist Yidan Guo and Violinist Shaoqing Xu gave a wonderful performance at start of Ms. Guo’s Student Piano Recital on Saturday at MIT. The duet was a classic Chinese piece, and was well received by near 100 in the audience.
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AARP Releases Fraud Prevention Handbook in both English and Chinese

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 14, 2016 – Approximately 15 million people are victims of identity theft every year. AARP’s new free Fraud Prevention Handbook outlines how to protect yourself from common types of fraud. It uncovers the strategies that scammers use and provides resources to help you defend yourself against their tricks.

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Audrey Moy is a fraud investigator for AARP (From AARP website).
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Mayor Walsh: On-street Testing of Autonomous Vehicles to Begin in Boston

BOSTON – Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Transportation Department and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics today announced the City of Boston will partner with nuTonomy to begin testing autonomous, or self-driving, cars in Boston by the end of 2016. nuTonomy, a leading developer of autonomous vehicles, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation that will authorize nuTonomy to begin testing its growing fleet of self-driving cars on public roads in Boston, once their application is approved. Last month, Mayor Walsh and Governor Baker simultaneously issued Executive Orders directing the development of an on-street testing process. The City of Boston will be able to carefully monitor the effects of autonomous vehicles, and further identify how autonomous vehicles will further the safety, access and sustainability goals of Boston’s transportation plan, Go Boston 2030 through this first partnership.
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A nuTonomy vehicle in front of Boston Public Library
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Chinese King of Pop Wang LeeHom Rocks BSO and Receives Honorary Degree from Berklee

By Gracia Lei

Boston, Nov. 15, 2016, — The fully-packed, sold-out performance hall at BSO was packed with over 2,500 Sunday night. They embraced Wang LeeHom, who received an honorary doctoral degree from Berklee College of Music, along with the array of orchestral, vocal, and Chinese drum performers, many of whom are current students or faculty of world-renowned Berklee College of Music.
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Videos from 2016 Acton Chinese Music Night

Acton, Mass., Nov. 13, 2016, — 2016 Acton Chinese Music Night was held at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School last night. Over 600 people showed up for this late Fall concert that featured The Sounds of China: Music from the Dream of the Red Chamber.
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Conductor Tianshen Guo and the BCMA band thanked the audience at the end of the concert.
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World Leaders Comment on Trump’s Victory

Boston, Nov. 9, 2016, — World and local leaders have released statements on Donald Trump’s historical victory in yesterday’s US Presidential Election. Trump won at 278 electoral votes as of this morning, and became President-elect of the US. Gov. Baker also released a statement today expressing willingness to partner with Trump administration.
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Trump tweeted this picture on election night.
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