The fight is finally over – Transliterated bilingual ballot passed by Senate and signed into bill

July 22 was a day of victory to many Chinatown residents and civic rights advocates, for it was the day in which the bill to legislate bilingual ballots with transliterated names in Chinese and Vietnamese was passed by the state Senate.  The bill has been signed by Governor Deval Patrick and will take affect in January 2011. “Today is a historic day that represents a critical step toward equal voting rights for Asian-Americans—particularly elderly Asian-Americans—in the City of Boston” said Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, who represents Chinatown, and was the lead sponsor of the bill. State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, who co-sponsored … Continue reading


CORRECTIONS The last issue of the Sampan incorrectly reported that Mayor Menino made the opening comments at the Chinatown 2010 Main Street Festival instead of Tim Cahill. AUGUST MOON FESTIVALS Chinatown Main Street presents August Moon Festival When:  Sunday, August 15 , 10am–5pm Where:  Chinatown MBTA Accessible (Orange Line to Chinatown, Green Line to Boylston) Boston’s Chinatown stages one of its largest events, the August Moon Festival, held around the Chinatown Gateway arch on Harrison Avenue. The celebration is traditionally a time for people to gather for moon-watching parties, with children carrying brightly coloured lanterns. According to legend, in 1368 … Continue reading

Summer trends for girls

If you’re a girl who loves to be at the forefront of summer fashion, this article is for you! You’ll know what to wear so you don’t look like a total goofball on your next date. If you disagree with me, please keep your opinions to yourself. Everyone should know: trends are seasonal. Nails, clothes, shoes, body spray, per­fume, and hairstyles all follow trends. If you look around you, everyone ad­heres to seasonal fashion paradigms to some extent. For example in winter we wear big jackets with fur on the hoodie or long coats. But when summer comes, everyone puts … Continue reading

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