By Ling-Mei Wong
The Gee How Oak Tin Family Association of New England celebrated the Year of the Snake during its annual banquet Feb. 16 at the China Pearl and Hei La Moon restaurants with 107 tables. The family association represents Chinese individuals with the surname of Chan, Woo and Yuen, including “Uncle Bill” and “Uncle Frank” Chin.
“If you’re born in the Year of the Snake, you’re smart and seductive,” said Paul Chan, North American president of the Gee How Oak Tin Family Association, who pointed to Bill Chin as an example. “Have an excellent year.”
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wished guests a prosperous and happy new year. “Frank Chin was the best visitor while I was in the hospital,” he said. “He brought 20 bags of Chinese food for the nurses and doctors.”
Other guests included Sen. Elizabeth Warren, State Treasurer Steve Grossman, State Representative Tackey Chan, State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, City Councilor for District 2 Bill Linehan, City Councilor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley, Boston Police Department Superintendent Kenneth Fong and Edward Kuo, director of the Culture Center of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston.
Five associations were honored with donations at the dinner: the Greater Age Golden Age Center, the Kwong Kow Chinese School, South Cove Manor Nursing home, Chung Wah Academy of New England and the Chinese Community of New England.
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