Quincy Mayor’s AAAC looks over State Primary results and the Asian Business Outreach survey

The Quincy Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee convened on September 18th to discuss the State Primary results and the Asian Business Partnership Outreach survey.  According to committee member Betty Yau, “All the winners of each party will be on a ballot on November 2nd so people need to register on October 13th for the deadline.” The Asian Business Outreach survey was distributed in North Quincy and Wollaston.  The survey asks Asian business owners to describe some of the pros and cons of having a business in Quincy.  The questionnaire will be posted to the website soon.  Yau has collected fifteen … Continue reading

Chinese-American candidates prevail in primary election

It was a night of celebration at the Fox & Hound Wood Grille and Tavern in Quincy and Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus on September 14.  After all, winning the primary election meant party time for Democratic candidate Tackey Chan and Republican candidate Donald Wong.  But the race is not over yet.  Both Chan and Wong will move on to the next and final leg – the general election on November 2. Chan, running for the 2nd Norfolk District in Quincy, scored a narrow win against attorney Joseph Keegan 2,684 to 2,572.  A former state assistant attorney general from Wollaston, Chan … Continue reading

Fifth Annual Films at the Gate maintains Chinatown tradition, builds community

As a blistering day faded into evening last week, a group of film students sat in folding chairs eating takeout by the Chinatown gate. Nearby, a group of elderly women chatted in Cantonese, disrupted by yells from a raucous game of tag. It was the final night of Films at the Gate, the film series that brings Chinatown locals and kung fu film lovers together from across the city to celebrate and revitalize the area’s history of community through film. Beginning in cinema’s Depression era heyday, three movie theaters competed for the attention of Chinatown moviegoers: the Pagoda on Washington … Continue reading

Interview with Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz

In November, 2008, Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz won the general election to represent the Second Suffolk District, which consists of Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, South End, Back Bay, Fenway, and a small portion of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roslindale.  Chang-Díaz is once again.  Now she is seeking second term.  In the following interview, Senator Chang-Díaz talks to the Sampan about what stood out in the past two years, and what lies ahead. Sampan:  How has your experience been as a State Senator? Chang-Díaz:  My experience as the state senator for the past year and a half has been … Continue reading


CHINAOTWN Free breast and cervical cancer screenings Tufts Medical Center and the College of American Pathologists Present See, Test and Treat™ Organizations partner to offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings for Asian American women What:     Tufts Medical Center, the College of American Pathologists, the American Cancer Society and the Massachusetts affiliate for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® are partnering to offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women ages 21 and older.  The event is also sponsored by BD Diagnostics, Siemens, Qiagen, and Kodak. Registered women will receive a Pap test and mammogram (if necessary). Test results … Continue reading