How nutritious is August Moon pomelo?

Growing up in Taipei, my family celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival with a moonlit picnic on our apartment building’s roof. There would always be tea, moon cakes and pomelo (柚子), as we gazed at the moon and enjoyed being together. The fragrance of pomelo brings back many happy memories. Pomelo is seasonal,almost tasting like a sweet grapefruit. It is a citrus fruit with a thick rind that makes for a bright green helmet. As a citrus fruit, it can also be eaten in sections. Three to four pomelo sections are about 60 calories. While this is nowhere near the calorie count of … Continue reading

How do first-generation Chinese Americans celebrate the August Moon Festival in America?

By Ellen Duong Many Chinese families who immigrate to the United States drop several of their country’s traditions in an effort to assimilate to American culture and society. As a result, some first-generation Chinese children grow up very Westernized, having little knowledge about their ethnic roots. Although they may celebrate Lunar New Year, other major Chinese holidays such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Dragonboat Festival are unknown to them. Since the August Moon Festival is just around the corner, I interviewed three first-generation Chinese Americans on how they observed this holiday in the United States. “My family is more … Continue reading

Book review: Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You

Celeste Ng’s novel, “Everything I Never Told You,” is a brisk timely tale of racial conflict and filial expectations. Though heavy themes, she has a light and sure-footed touch, a masterful talent for plotting that makes the pages turn. And as in all good stories, the characters drive the story forward. Set in the ’50s to ’70s, before biracial couples were as prevalent as they are today, the story is a close look at the Lee family. The family doesn’t stay that way for long, as the seams begin to tear apart. The cut that does it is given away … Continue reading

Registering with the Selective System ensures opportunities for young man’s future

When a young man turns 18 in the United States, he must register with the Selective Service.It’s the law.If he doesn’t register, he gets a reminder letter in the mail. But what happens if he doesn’t register? “If a young man doesn’t register when he turns 18, he stops being eligible for student loans, federal jobs, and job training programs. If he’s an immigrant, failing to register can significantly complicate the process of becoming a citizen,” said Patrick Schuback, spokesperson for the Selective Service System. “We don’t want that to happen, which is why we’re committed to letting young men … Continue reading


Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Department Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick Press Release QUINCY- Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — Governor Deval Patrick today toured the Quincy Career Center to promote the range of programs and services offered by the Commonwealth’s 33 one-stop career centers to job seekers across the state. Since Governor Patrick took office, nearly half of the 1.6 million job seekers served by these 33 centers across the state have found gainful employment. “Massachusetts’ competitive edge lies in our highly-skilled workforce and our willingness to work together to connect workers with employment opportunities,” said Governor Patrick. “The Quincy … Continue reading

First West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquitoes of the Season Detected in Boston​

By Boston Public Health Commission Tuesday, July 29, 2014 For the first time this summer, a mosquito pool in Boston has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Tests performed earlier this week confirmed one positive mosquito pool in Jamaica Plain. However, there have been no recorded human cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in Boston this year. “This is the time of year when we often begin to find mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in Boston,” said Dr. Anita Barry, director the Infectious Disease Bureau at the Public Health Commission. “Periods of hot weather and heavy rain can contribute to … Continue reading