About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。

New Irish Famine Atlas includes voyage by Captain Robert Bennet Forbes

The 1847 humanitarian voyage of Captain Robert Bennet Forbes to County Cork, Ireland, is included in the new Atlas of the Great Irish Famine published by the Cork University Press in Ireland.

Captain Forbes and his brother, John Murray Forbes, China Trade merchants living in Milton, Massachusetts, took the lead in an effort to transport tons of food and provisions from Boston to Cove, County Cork, Ireland at the height of the Great Famine. Continue reading

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents David Henry Hwang’s ‘Chinglish’

Named one of Time Magazine’s ten best plays of 2011, Chinglish follows an American businessman as he heads to a bustling Chinese province looking to cash in on the area’s growth potential. He engages an English consultant to navigate the linguistic and cultural clash his venture unwittingly sparks, and gets much more than he negotiated for. A hilarious comedy of mistranslation and manners by Tony and Obie Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang, author of M Butterfly. Continue reading

ABCD celebrates 50 years of success

The Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) 50th Anniversary Gala took place at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on Nov. 2. More than 1,200 supporters turned out for a night of live jazz.

Legendary six-time Grammy award winner Natalie Cole delivered a fabulous performance at the gala. Her heartwarming melodies included “Unforgettable,” “Autumn Leaves” and other stirring favorites. Continue reading

Creating a vision for Chinatown’s future

In 2008, the community embarked on a plan to create a vision for the future of Chinatown, and to identify opportunities for future growth. Since the adoption of the 1990 Chinatown Community Plan and complementary zoning, Chinatown has experienced significant changes: the decline of the Combat Zone was replaced by new high-rise housing developments; the movement of the garment industry out of Chinatown; increased civic participation; and the rapid growth of the Asian population in Boston’s suburbs.

With a two-year planning process, the community elected a master plan committee consisting of an oversight committee with 13 members, and a technical committee that was charged to establish guidelines for the plan. The oversight committee was elected from major Chinatown agencies, organizations and residents, and had total responsibility for the master plan and its finances. With guidelines prepared by the technical committee, the oversight committee held five public meetings to further refine and create a collective vision for the future. Continue reading

Chinatown travel agent faces charges

The owner of a Chinatown travel agency has been indicted for stealing more than $89,000 from clients for U.S. citizenship applications and airline tickets.

May Woo Lei, 40, of Boston, operated Sky Energy Travel. She allegedly took money from people to buy air tickets or gain U.S. citizenship, but failed to deliver those services, said the state attorney general’s office. Continue reading

Boston escapes Hurricane Sandy’s wrath

Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast, but left Boston relatively unscathed. The storm resulted in 113 casualties and left a wake of destruction.

Power was out for an estimated 715,205 homes in seven states, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s “Hurricane Sandy-Nor’easter Situation Report #2” issued on Thursday. Continue reading