Boston Marches Forward as Year of Snake Ends

By David Li,

Boston, Jan. 27, 2014, — The Chinese New Year of Horse starts this Friday, Jan. 31. It will bring an end of the Year of Snake which was full of dramatic events.

Two bombs interrupted Boston Marathon in the afternoon of April 15 near the finish line on Boylston Street. The picture below has become a symbol of Boston Strong as people of Boston dealt with the aftermath of the bombings.
Jeff Bauman, leg blown off below the knee, being wheeled to safety by Carlos Arredondo and Devin Wang of Boston University on April 15, 2013 (AP).

Jeff Bauman and Carlos Arredondo will be seating with First Lady Michelle Obama during tomorrow’s State of the Union address. Once again, a Chinese American, Miss. Devin Wang in this case, was conveniently left out. No matter she was invited or not, Devin Wang, who rushed toward bombing victims with an empty wheel chair after the bombs went off, will always be a hero of all Bostonians.

During an interview with ESPN in October 2013, Devin Wang mentioned that she would be back working for the 118th Boston Marathon. Now a senior at BU, Devin Wang will always remember the horrific scenes on April 15, 2013, and three young victims: Krystle Marie Campbell(29), Lu Lingzi(23) and Martin William Richard (8).

It’s interesting to note that September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were in Year of Snake. The Pearl Harbor attack by Japanese air force 60 years earlier was also in Year of Snake.

Protests against the Jimmy Kimmel Live segment, in which comments like “kill everyone in China” were aired, erupted across the U.S. in late 2013. To many Chinese Americans, Jimmy Kimmel was snake of the year.

“It’s totally unacceptable for Jimmy Kimmel Live to put such offensive remarks on air. It’s a shame that no one has been held accountable to this day,” said Lily Wang who joined the national protest on Nov. 9, 2013 in Boston.

“Hopefully, the Year of Horse will bring something better. Hats off to the heroes and protesters,” said Mr. Ming Zhang who join the protest on Nov. 2, 2013 in Boston. The following are some pictures from protests against ABC in Boston and New York City.