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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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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 ( 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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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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The Chinatown Community Land Trust: A Tool to Sustain Community

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,
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GAS — The Gradual Admission Strategy for 9th and 10th Graders

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.
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Why Boston Asian American Film Festival Needs Your Sponsership

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,
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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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A Fresh Look at Gender, Feminism and Sexuality in the Heritage Film

By Na Ma, Ohio University

Pride and Prejudice (2005), as one of the famous Heritage films, tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after Mr. Bingley and his friend, Mr. Darcy have moved into their neighborhood. Bingley soon falls in love with the eldest daughter, Jane Bennet, while Darcy and the second-eldest daughter Elizabeth Bennet painstakingly get together after several dramas and clashes. The film, set in early 19th century, was shot in England over a fifteen-week period. It shows England’s most imposing mansions and landscapes, such as the Peak District National Park.
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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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