One Hen teaches Chinatown children about social entrepreneurship

BY ONE HEN Students at the Red Oak After School and Summer Program in Chinatown, a Boston Center for Youth & Families site, partnered with One Hen, Inc. this summer to teach children social entrepreneurship by way of basic financial literacy, money management and business skills. Participating students received microloans to start a simple business. The students at Red Oak chose to run a snack bar, selling their tasty treats of brownies and cookies and donating a percentage of their net revenue to a charitable cause. One Hen’s youth entrepreneurship program is one of the many services offered by the … Continue reading

AsianCDC’s 9th annual Films at the Gate

By Jonathan Tsang, A-VOYCE Asian Community Development Corporation (AsianCDC) hosts its ninth annual Films at the Gate, a free kung fu film festival, from Sept. 12 to Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in Chinatown Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Each year AsianCDC transforms Chinatown Park into an outdoor movie theatre and stage with cultural performances, Chinese language films, food and much more. This free community event began as an effort to reclaim under-utilized space, but has now grown into an annual event for Chinatown residents and movielovers alike. The event aims to bring people into Chinatown to experience the … Continue reading

Tufts University Celebrates Scientific Achievements of Massachusetts High School Students

BY TUFTS UNIVERSITY Summer Program encourages multicultural students to pursue careers in Medicine and Science. Tufts University School of Medicine today celebrated the achievements of 26 Massachusetts high school students who participated in the school’s 2014 Teachers and High School Student Program.  The program is one of Tufts’ signature initiatives to encourage high school students with diverse backgrounds to explore their interests in medicine and biomedical sciences. Established in 1989, the Tufts program supports the careers of aspiring young doctors, health professionals and scientists by engaging them in a range of research and clinical opportunities. “Tufts is committed to encouraging young people … Continue reading

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