Why am I not allowed to eat and drink before surgery?

By Pei-shan Zhao, MD To answer this question, let’s start with some basic knowledge. Fifty percent of the water we drink passes through the stomach in 10 minutes and the stomach is almost empty in one hour. Even caloric fluids like sugar water will all be passed through the stomach... Continue reading

State health secretary visits South Cove Community Health Center

South Cove Community Health Center (華人醫務中心) welcomed Mass. Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz during his visit to Boston on August 13, as part of the Community Health Center Week tour. “It is really to raise awareness about the great work that the 49 community health centers do across... Continue reading

Chinese opera group rings in 75th anniversary

The Que Shing Chinese Music and Opera group had its 75th anniversary opera night at John Hancock Hall on August 16. “We enjoy what we do. I love to sing Cantonese opera. I love to play these Cantonese opera show,” said Winnie Leung, an actor and the group’s director. “I... Continue reading

Chinatown celebrates August Moon Festival

The Chinatown August Moon Festival took place August 10 , hosted by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. The day was sunny as attendees grabbed the plentiful freebies, explored vendors, ate delicious food and watched Chinese folk performances. The moon festival is a Chinese celebration where family and friends break away from... Continue reading

Chinatown celebrates victory in Asian American voting rights

BY ELLEN DUONG On July 15, Gov. Deval Patrick  signed a bill requiring Chinese and Vietnamese bilingual ballots to be made available at polling stations in Boston, thus marking a monumental event in the fight for equality in Asian American voting rights.  A celebration sponsored by the Chinese Progressive Association,... Continue reading






  • Aboard the Korail, the train’s internal design meets passenger needs. There is a top shelf for passengers to place their bags. Even hanger straps on the train are made for people of different heights! (Image courtesy of Viviane Szeto.)
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