Pho Basil offers cutting-edge flavors that tease the taste buds

Pho Basil’s fried calamari was tender and not rubbery. (Photo courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay)

As I walked into Pho Basil on a recent Tuesday night hoping to satisfy a craving for something creamy with soft spices at a restaurant that specializes in Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, buzzed chatter filled the whole dining room, and all but one table was taken. Stepping inside, the décor of this small restaurant was inviting. The dim lighting at each table encouraged conversations while also making it easier for diners to tune out noise. Considering the busy night, it wasn’t long until my fried calamari ($7.25) came. Lightly battered fried calamari was garnished with scallions and pickled jalapeños, and … Continue reading

Cello prodigy Kett Lee takes pride in his Chinese heritage

Kett Lee is a Chinese Malaysian cellist performing in the greater Boston area. (Image courtesy of Kett Lee)

If you are watching a musical at the Lyric Stage Theater in the Back Bay, you will find only one Asian face in the orchestra — Kett Lee, a Chinese-Malaysian — and the only cellist on stage. Lee started to learn piano at nine, and erhu and pipa at 12, but he is most skilled in cello. Now Lee is a freelancer in the Boston area, performing at different musical shows. Lee said for almost every orchestra, he was the only Asian. He is also ranked as the first cellist in the Boston area. “Every time the orchestras need a … Continue reading

Chinese-American artist celebrates peace in Watertown exhibit

(Left to right) Nichola Hays, Youxin Yang and Sandra Gobar at the Arts Club of Washington D.C., Sept. 5. (Image courtesy of Walter Munoz.)

By PRWeb During the month of October, the Watertown Free Public Library will display a Peace series of artwork in its gallery space that is striking a pertinent and necessary dialog in these times of social unrest. The loss of innocent lives is a tragedy always, and it affects humanity locally, as well as in a wide circle that ripples outward to encompass the whole world. The artist responsible for the Peace series of art, Youxin Yang, is a Cambridge-based painter and filmmaker who expresses herself across a broad range of mediums, but always with the concept of promoting peace … Continue reading

Chinese seniors learn about nutrition in Newton

By Richard Levine The Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center and Springwell hosted a “Happy Elders” seminar on antioxidants and diet on Oct. 14 at the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association, on 437 Cherry Street in Newton. The workshop attracted 20 Asian seniors, with nutrition information provided by Meghan Ostrander, nutrition director at Springwell. Lili Mei, a director at the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, interpreted in Cantonese and Mandarin. Ostrander answered questions about the health benefits of condiments to the best type of olive oil for cooking. “Their questions were very good,” Ostrander said. “This is the first … Continue reading

Chinese-American student death at Penn ruled suicide

Suicide on college campuses is tragic, with six incidenst at the University of Pennsylvania this year. (Image courtesy of Flickr user Lee Morley.)

By Ezra White University of Pennsylvania student Amanda Hu’s committed suicide on Sept. 28 in her bedroom. The Charlotte, North Carolina resident was taking a leave of absence and worked in a biochemistry lab. This is not an isolated incident on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus; Hu’s suicide marks the university’s sixth since August 2013. On August 24, Penn student Theodric Reed committed suicide. Reed had a history of depression that was being treated at home, as well as by the university’s counseling and psychological services division. What made Reed’s suicide especially troubling is that Reed’s mother shortly before the … Continue reading