Step outside and take a look around your community. What is the first thing you notice? The building across the street? Cars? People walking by? It seems that the majority of the human population is occupied with their wants instead of their needs. When you take a step outside, the first thing you should notice is the trash that is literally everywhere; no matter where you go, trash is bound to be seen. Tossing rubbish at any place other than a trashcan is simply the act of littering. The word itself may not bear much meaning, but when people litter, … Continue reading

Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee connecting Asian residents with Quincy community for three years

The Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee convened on November 20th in the North Quincy Community Center to review the year’s accomplishments. Encouraged by Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, the committee was formed to provide a bridge between the City and Asian American residents.  It is composed of a dedicated volunteer group of Chinese Americans and long time Quincy residents who meet once per month to create a unified community environment. Committee member Betty Yau said, “We’ve been meeting since November 2007.  It’s really wonderful that we keep up this monthly meeting.” The committee has helped promote a cleaner and greener Quincy, … Continue reading

Interview with Sifu Mai Du, Founder and Chief Instructor of the Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy

The Wah Lum Athletic School celebrates its 40th anniversary this April. The Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy, located in Malden, was founded by Sifu Mai Du in 2004 in her driveway.  Today, the Academy is the stomping ground for over 100 students, the majority of whom are youth.  The Sampan catches up with Du about her life experiences – everything from growing up in Boston to running a kung fu school in Malden. Sampan: Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up? Du:  I am ethnically Chinese, but am from Vietnam. My extended family members were … Continue reading

Author challenges immigrant narrative in book on Angel Island and talk for local organization

Although they lived almost a century apart, Erika Lee speaks about Soto Shee with warmth, as if she were a friend instead of a historical figure. Soto Shee, the wife of a Chinese merchant, was detained on Angel Island—the immigration station in San Francisco Bay often called the “Ellis Island of the West”—while trying to join her husband in the United States. During her detention, her infant son, Soon Din, grew ill and died. Denied release following her son’s death, Soto Shee hung herself, only to be saved just in time by a station matron. “In the end, she was … Continue reading

Learning about coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease is also called heart disease or atherosclerosis. It is the hardening of the blood vessels by fatty deposits called plaque. The heart must get oxygen and nutrients to work well. Blood carries the oxygen and nutrients to the heart through the blood vessels called arteries. As the plaque builds up, blood flow to the heart muscle is decreased. When blood flow is decreased, it can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, or a heart attack to occur. Signs You may not have any signs or you may have: -Pain or pressure in your chest, arm, jaw, shoulders … Continue reading