Former NECO President Elizabeth Chen reflects on Chinatown and career success

Elizabeth Chen, a Former President of the New England College of Optometry (NECO), spoke about her roots in China­town and the challenges and re­wards she has found on her path to success in a Sampan interview. In June, a classroom in one of NECO’s historic buildings on Beacon Street in Back Bay was named in honor of Chen by the trustees of the college. Chen is both the first woman and the first Asian American to have served as the head of an optometry school in the United States. The committee thanked her for lead­ing the institution “always with the … Continue reading

Shopping for shoes that get kids moving

According to the Cen­ters for Disease Control (CDC), America’s children need to get moving. A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Sur­vey (NHANES) of the last 30 years found that among children ages 2 to 5, obesity has doubled, while among 6- to 11-year-olds, it has tripled. Obesity can have a negative impact on health. Young people who are obese are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 dia­betes. That’s why it is so important to encourage children to participate in physical activity. However, when children choose a sport, it’s important to … Continue reading

Tufts Medical Center unveils new Boston EMS station in Chinatown

Despite the blazing afternoon sun on July 15, dozens of Chinatown residents, city officials and Tufts Medical Center staff gathered at a small alleyway in Chinatown. It was the dedication ceremony for a new Boston EMS Ambulance Station located at 25 Harvard Street. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Ellen Zane, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center, kicked off the dedication ceremony along with Boston Councilor Bill Linehan, Boston EMS Chief James Hooley and a former member of the Chinatown Safety Council; John Townsend, Director of Administration and Finance for the Boston Public Health Commission, and Bill Moy, co-moderator … Continue reading

ABCD Summer Works

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) employs more than 2,000 young Bostonians with paid seasonal jobs and work experiences in Massachusetts. The ABCD Summer Works program will kick off its first day of work for students after the July 4th holiday weekend. The youth employment initiative helps prepare more than 2,000 youth and young adults ages 14-24 for future careers while fighting teen unemployment. During this time of rising national unemployment rates, the job prospects for teenagers who want to work are even worse. Students seeking summer work experience, generally 16 to 24 years old, are struggling to find jobs. … Continue reading

AACA 2010 Graduation Ceremony Showcases Student Success

Graduating students from the Asian American Civic Association’s (AACA) ESOL and job training programs shared stories of struggle and success during the programs’ annual graduation ceremony at Tufts Medical Center Woolf Auditorium on June 25th. Keynote speaker and Director of the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians Reverend Cheng Imm Tan emphasized the importance of immigrants at the graduation, reminding the audience that immigrants are the “soul of the city and the country.” Tan also shared anecdotes that reflected the uncertain moments of her own immigrant experience when she moved to the United States thirty-two years ago. She congratulated students for … Continue reading