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。

Building a stronger city through stronger school communities

This morning, more than 1,100 Boston students who live within a few blocks of each other boarded school buses and began long commutes to reach their classrooms in 67 different schools across our city. Together, they traveled more than 1,782 miles – the distance from Boston to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Continue reading

As last of eight anti-Asian military hazing trials conclude, Asian American civil rights groups continue to seek reforms

This week brought to a close the last of eight courts-martial of soldiers charged in connection with the death of Army Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old Chinese American from Manhattan, who died in Afghanistan in October 2011 of non-combat injuries following weeks of bullying and abuse by superiors in his unit. OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the political, social and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, and the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice continue to seek policy reforms that would strengthen and protect all service members from such abuse. Continue reading

Boston Mayor’s International Celebration

At Mayor Thomas Menino’s International Celebration, children of all ages enjoyed games, performances and educational talks from Boston’s culturally diverse community organizations. Hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians, the event was held at the Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse on Saturday, Dec. 15. Continue reading

HFCS in manufactured food may lead to health issues, study says

Have you ever thought about your high blood sugar being linked to daily intake of soft drinks and processed foods? A study published in Metabolism May 2012 issue shows that consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sweetener commonly used in manufactured foods and beverages, may link to a variety of health issues such as diabetes and metabolic effects. Continue reading

How to keep your child healthy with Chinese medicine

In the view of Chinese medicine, from birth to adulthood, the growing and developing human body has significant physical, physiological and pathological differences in each stage. Therefore, a child should not be taken as a miniature adult and given nutritious supplements that are usually for grow-ups. During growth, a child’s organs are not fully developed and cannot function well, especially their lungs, spleen and kidneys. They can easily catch a cold, cough and vomit as well as suffering from diarrhea, enuresis, edema and other illnesses. Focusing on their physiological characteristics, the best nutritious supplements for children are not expensive Chinese medicine like ginseng, but some food supplements that are easy to digest and can strengthen their lungs, spleen and kidneys. Continue reading

Help teens cope with stress

Adolescence is a difficult time in a person’s life. Although some may claim that these are the ‘best days of one’s life’, it is also a time of immense pressure, what with all the changes going on in one’s body, environment, and life in addition to what the University of Minnesota’s Joyce Walker calls “negotiating a path between independence and reliance on others”. All of this adds up to one big word: stress. Continue reading