Globalized labor in 19th century Massachusetts

China officially surpassed Japan as the world’s second largest economy last week. At the same time, the millions toiling in the workshop of the world are grabbing headlines of a more controversial kind. Complaints of poor working conditions, suicide cases in factory campuses, wage disputes, and even strikes have caused concern for Modern China’s economic revolution. A much smaller group of Chinese laborers saw themselves in a similar struggle, not in Shenzhen, but in North Adams, Massachusetts, over a hundred years ago. The peculiar account of the lives of seventy-five Chinese men in the 19th century industrial hotbed is the … Continue reading

Cakes versus pies

Many things are often enjoyed in parties of family and friends, like BBQs, hot dogs, and, of course, cakes and pies. Cakes and pies are seen in a wide range of celebrations and get-togethers, such as birthdays or reunions. Cakes and pies both taste good and can be decorated in many ways. You may have seen houses made out of cookies with cherries on top, beautiful cakes with realistic (yet edible!) decorations, or even something like rocket-shaped cake on a launching pad. Decorations aren’t a competition between these two party foods, but there are lots more to compare. The most … Continue reading

A rainy August Moon Festival on Quincy’s Hancock Street draws crowds after 23 years

The August Moon festival in Quincy, organized by the non-profit Quincy Asian Resources (QARI), drew thousands on August 22nd even as it rained throughout most of the day. Preceded by the Chinatown August Moon festival a week earlier, the Quincy festival celebrates this famous cultural holiday in a community with a large and rapidly growing Asian and Asian American population. In addition to performances like youth break-dancing and Chinese dance, those who came to the festival enjoyed children’s activities like a moon bounce, Chinese cultural area, a newly created food court, and information on pertinent community organizations as well as … Continue reading

New moms can prevent diabetes by keeping up healthy habits

Women who develop high blood glucose (blood sugar) levels during pregnancy are said to have gestational diabetes. These women should be tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after their baby is born. In many cases their blood glucose levels show that they are no longer considered to have diabetes. But what many people don’t realize is that new moms who had gestational diabetes will continue to have a greater risk for getting diabetes during their entire lifetime. So even if the test for diabetes is normal right after the baby is born, these women should continue to get tested … Continue reading

Announcements

CORRECTIONS The cover graphic in the August Moon Issue, published on August 13, 2010, was designed by Tricia K. Fu. CHINATOWN Free basic legal considerations workshop for small businesses This workshop will provide an overview of a number of important business legal topics, the understanding of which can help entrepreneurs and small business owners improve business performance while protecting themselves, their businesses, and their personal assets. Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010 Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM Location: Cathay Bank 621 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111. To RSVP contact Mary: (617) 933-8488 or mary_deangelis@cathaybank.com This workshop is hosted by Cathay Bank, … Continue reading