Are Chinese parents superior?

Just imagine. Just imagine: over a casual lunch conversation, your close friends do nothing but praise about your son being a caring ER pediatrician like Dr. Douglas Ross (portrayed by George Clooney) in NBC’s ER. If you were a typical parent, you would be quite delighted right now. If you were a typical Chinese parent, it would be difficult for you to even try to disguise the overflowing joy shown through that reflexive but highly infectious smile. A smile of a mother with just the thought of her child’s bright prospect is second only to that of a cute baby. … Continue reading

Cook with heart-healthy Foods

You can protect your heart and blood vessels by eating less saturated fat and by choosing the types of fats that help your cholesterol levels. The ingredients you use and the way you cook can make a big difference. Try these tips: Cook with less fat Use a low-fat or fat-free way to cook. You can cut down on total fat by broiling, microwaving, baking, roasting, steaming, or grilling foods. Nonstick pans and cooking sprays also work well. Boost the flavor with seasonings and sauces instead of fats. Look for recipes that use herbs and spices for flavor instead of … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, Ironically, just about the same time as you published the informative article on Betty Yau’s role in Quincy, there was the tragedy of Li Rong Zhang and the death of her son, Brandon Yang.  I can’t even begin to imagine the state of mind she must have been in to do such a thing. But in a way, it’s not such a surprise either, when you consider some people’s feelings of isolation.  I’ve been made aware, as a Germantown resident of twenty two years, of the isolation and loneliness that many non-English speaking residents must feel, and of … Continue reading

Lunar New Year Financial Resolutions

Happy Year of the Rabbit! To my readers: it’s nice to see you again. I am back from my sabbatical leave from writing the financial column for the Sampan and look forward to helping you address important financial topics with financial tips throughout this year. It has been said that those born in the Year of the Rabbit are financially lucky. They are also thought of to be conservative and wise. So, Year of the Rabbit people, congratulations on your financial wisdom. For the rest of us, there’s still a lot of financial improving to be done.  Here are my … Continue reading

Children and diabetes

Type 1 diabetes in U.S. children and adolescents may be increasing and many more new cases of type 2 diabetes are being reported in young people. Standards of care for managing children with diabetes issued by the American Diabetes Association in January 2005 provide helpful guidance. To update primary care providers and their staff members about this rapidly changing area of diabetes care, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has developed this overview of the current literature. What Is Diabetes? Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood resulting from defects in … Continue reading