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。

Mayor Menino Announces Nation’s First City Hall on Wheels

“City Hall To Go” Truck Kicks Off Promotional Tour Showcasing Menu of City Services to Constituents Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the debut of the nation’s first City Hall on wheels. Inspired by the now ubiquitous food truck, the brightly-designed “City Hall To Go” truck will travel throughout Boston’s neighborhoods, offering a select menu of city services to constituents. Residents visiting the truck will be able to pay or dispute parking tickets, request birth, death or marriage certificates, and pay property and excise taxes, among other services. The full menu of offerings is available here: www.cityofboston.gov/cityhalltogo. “‘City Hall To … Continue reading

Herb Chambers Donates $50,000 to Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s Holiday Toy Drive

On November 27, 2012, Bay State businessman and Boston resident Herb Chambers made a $50,000 donation to Mrs. Angela Menino today towards Mayor Menino’s City of Boston Holiday Toy Drive, which helps distribute toys throughout Boston’s neighborhoods to children in need. This collaborative effort will ensure hundreds of children have toys under their Christmas trees this year. Continue reading

All voices key to school assignment plan overhaul

November kicks off School Choice season in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). We welcome parents to school showcases to help them explore their options for next year. Additionally, between now and early January every school will host at least three open houses to help parents and students find a school that offers the right fit. You can see the full list at bostonpublicschools.org/schoolchoiceactivities. Continue reading

‘The Joy Luck Club’ examines Chinese immigrant identity

In Amy Tan’s novel “The Joy Luck Club,” an old woman brings a swan from Shanghai to America. On her journey, she coos to the swan, “In America I will have a daughter just like me. But over there nobody will say her worth is measured by the loudness of her husband’s belch. Over there nobody will look down on her, because I will make her speak only perfect American English. And over there she will always be too full to swallow any sorrow! She will know my meaning, because I will give her this swan — a creature that became more than what was hoped for.” Continue reading