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Boston Chinatown Remembers Davis Woo

(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).
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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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Life in Alternative Medicine in the USA

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).
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Season’s Greetings from the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement!

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).
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Intramural Training Opportunity at National Institutes of Health

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).
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President Reif’s Letter to MIT Community

With our eyes on the future
Nov. 9, 2016

To the members of the MIT community,

Today, we learned that we will have a new administration in Washington that promises a great deal of change.

Within the global MIT community – more than 26,000 of us here in Cambridge and at Lincoln Lab, and 134,000 alumni – some will find those changes welcome. Some will not.

As I saw this afternoon, students have wrapped the six great columns in Lobby 7 with huge sheets of paper. Three ask that you “Share Your Hopes,” three to “Share Your Fears.” They are covered with handwritten responses. People are lingering to read and add their own. Many say they fear for the future of the country, some for their personal safety, for their civil rights or that “my values no longer matter.” Others fear that their peers will never take the time to understand why they voted for the winner. One hope struck me in particular: “I hope to understand the 48% of Americans who disagree with me.” Nearly all the writers express some kind of pain. Yet together they have created a wonderful example of mutual respect and civil dialogue.

Whatever may change in Washington, I believe there is great power in remembering that it will not change the values and the mission that unite us.

As a community and as a practical force for good, MIT is a quintessential expression of America at its best: Bold, optimistic and focused on inventing the future. Delighted and energized by our diversity, with a meritocratic openness to talent, culture and ideas from anywhere. Humble, pragmatic, crazy about science and insistent on seeking the facts. A place of rigor, ingenuity and real-world problem-solving, where generations of bright young minds have come from every corner of the Earth to make something of themselves and work together to make a better world.

That is MIT.

Nothing can change that. And nothing can change our commitment to tackling big, important problems for humanity – climate change, clean energy, cybersecurity, human health – with colleagues of every identity and background.

As an institution, we do some of our best work when we turn outward to the world. Let’s continue to do that now. And, following our students’ lead, let us find ways to listen to one another – with sympathy, humility, decency, respect and kindness.


L. Rafael Reif

Why Asian Americans Should Vote, and Vote Wisely?

(Yukong Zhao, a Chinese-American bilingual author, is the president of Asian American Coalition for Education. He recently founded yukongpost.com to promote critical thinking and balanced perspectives. bostonese.com is the only media outlet that Mr. Zhao granted permission to publish both English and Chinese versions of this important article on 2016 presidential election.)

By Yukong Zhao, Guest Columnist, bostonese.com

In this 2016 presidential election, many ethnic groups are featured in Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s campaign speeches and highlighted in various media analyses. Predominantly, these are white working-class voters, white educated women, Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans. Who is absent? Once again, Asian-Americans and the issues important to them are missing.
Mr. Zhao was interviewed for this article on Wall Street Journal in June 2015.
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History of White Supremacy and Donald Trump

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.
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Asian American Youth: Black Lives Matter to Us, Too

(This is a crowd-sourced letter written and edited by hundreds of Asian-Americans who felt the need to speak earnestly and honestly with their parents about race in America. Although it was created in the aftermath of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the letters takes aim at the long-standing and complex issues of racism, anti-Blackness and police violence in Asian-American communities and families.)

Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie, Grandfather, Grandmother:

We need to talk.

You may not have grown up around people who are Black, but I have. Black people are a fundamental part of my life: they are my friends, my classmates and teammates, my roommates, my family. Today, I’m scared for them.
Asian Americans demand justice for Akai Gurley.
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Should Chinese Americans Support Peter Liang?

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.
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Mayor Walsh’s March 2016 Address to the Boston Municipal Research Bureau

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.
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Transnationalism and 1930s British Cinema

By Na Ma, Ohio Univeristy

The forms and institutions of mainstream British cinema have a hegemonic function. In fact, British Cinema is generally considered to have successfully shaped “the national life” and achieved a “high degree of consensus” (Adamthwaite 288). This significant element undoubtedly characterizes British society and contributed to the remarkable stability of British society[1] during the 1930s, when the United Kingdom, like most other countries in the world, was shaken by economic depression, but which had also experienced several labor turmoil in the mid 1920s.
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Comparing Jewish Americans and Asian Americans

By S. B. Woo, President, 80-20 Educational Foundation

Introduction: 80-20 Initiative, the Asian American political action committee, isdevoted to advance civil rights of Asian Americans  http://www.80-20initiative.net/andhttp://blog.sciencenet.cn/home.php?mod=space&uid=1565&do=blog&id=471528(see the second half of the article)
CA Assemblyman Ted Liew, speaking at our 2008 Endorsement Convention
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Did Mao Say “Better to Let Half of the People Die”?

By Xujun Eberlein

Nearly two years ago, when I translated Yang Jisheng’s response to Dikötter’s strange comments on Tombstone, I said I was intensely interested to find out whether Mao really said “It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill,” and if he did, in what context. I received a couple of clues, but none provided the complete context, and I have been left wondering since. I even sent an email to Yang Jisheng asking if he knew about this Mao quote, but did not hear back – perhaps the email address I got from a journalist friend was no longer valid.
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