By Candice Chen
The Joslin Diabetes Center hosted its 10th annual tasting benefit, “A Spoonful of Ginger,” on March 17 at the Museum of Fine Arts.
This year, in addition to showcasing food from Boston’s most celebrated restaurants, the benefit also honored George King, MD, director and founder of the Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI), for his contributions to the Asian American community.
King has been working with the Joslin Diabetes Center since 1981 with a focus on the causes of diabetic complications in Asian American patients.
“Ten years ago, no one knew diabetes. But now governments in countries like China and Japan have realized that diabetes is a common problem,” said King.
In 2000, as a response to the rising rate of diabetes in the Asian American population, King and his fellow colleagues from the Joslin Diabetes Center established the AADI. Event co-chairs Ann Wong, Summer Xia and Wesley Chen also attended.
“‘A Spoonful of Ginger’ has grown to become a much-anticipated and recognized annual event,” said Wong in her speech. “Through your support, we have raised awareness of diabetes among the Asian community dramatically and the AADI continues to gain considerable momentum.”
Renowned Boston restaurants prepared a variety of cuisines. Chinatown restaurants such as Empire Garden and Chinatown Café offered egg tarts and wonton soup.
Jimmy Liang, founder of JP Fuji Group in Quincy, provided sushi at the event. “AADI has contributed a lot to our Asian American community,” said Liang. “The event is a great opportunity for our company to give back.”
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