New moms can prevent diabetes by keeping up healthy habits

Women who develop high blood glucose (blood sugar) levels during pregnancy are said to have gestational diabetes. These women should be tested for diabetes 6 to 12 weeks after their baby is born. In many cases their blood glucose levels show that they are no longer considered to have diabetes. But what many people don’t realize is that new moms who had gestational diabetes will continue to have a greater risk for getting diabetes during their entire lifetime. So even if the test for diabetes is normal right after the baby is born, these women should continue to get tested … Continue reading

AACA joins Boston Children’s Hospital in embracing workplace diversity

On August 19, the PANG New England Chapter – a Sodexo Pan-Asian network group launched the New England Kick-off event at the Children’s Hospital Boston. The event included an Iron Chef Competition, cultural performances and participation by the Asian American Civic Association (AACA).   PANG’s mission is to foster a corporate environment in Sodexo that embraces and values the cultural diversity of its employees through learning and development programs offered by PANG members and by increasing the awareness of Pan Asian cultures within the organization, thereby achieving the long-term cultural diversity goals of the company. This is the beginning of many … Continue reading

Hidden Temples of China

One our most recent trip to China, my wife and I by chance happened to visit many different religious sites.  While religious practice is not outlawed in China today, it is low-key.  During the last decade of Mao Zedong’s life religions were effectively banned and religious leaders and worshippers persecuted.  The climate is more relaxed today, but there is still tight control.  All religions are officially run by the government and no religion is allowed to be controlled by a foreign source.  So the Chinese Catholic church takes its orders from the Communist party rather than the Vatican for example. … Continue reading

The Grand Mosque of Xi’an

The city of Xi’an was China’s first capital over 2000 years ago.  This is where the first emperor, Qin Shihuang, ruled and it was the capital of China in many later dynasties.  Xi’an was also the starting point of the Silk Road in the Tang dynasty and it was in Xi’an where foreign goods from the far west first appeared.  Along with trade, travelers from the west brought foreign religions such as Buddhism and Islam to China.  Xi’an, being the gateway to China from the Silk Road, has a great many ancient religious sites. One of the must-see sights in … Continue reading

D.O.B unknown – Former Cambodian orphan and refugee running for Congress

Born under the Khmer Rouge regime as an orphan, Sam Meas does not know which year he was born, since the all the birth records were destroyed by the regime.  But he knows he should be somewhere between 37 and 40 years old.   He grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand was later adopted by an American when he was a teenager.  Despite his tough childhood, Meas, a Haverhill resident, has big dreams.  For one, he is running as a Congress candidate in the Republican primary in November, representing the Fifth District.  Meas opens up to the Sampan at … Continue reading

Chinese dulcimer

When someone tells you to name an instrument, which instrument comes to your mind first? Maybe a piano since it is very popular. Other instruments that might come to mind would be a guitar, a flute, drums, etc. What about the Chinese hammered dulcimer? What is a Chinese hammered dulcimer anyway? A Chinese hammered dulcimer, also known as a yangqin, is a stringed musical instrument. It has strings stretched over a trapezoidal wooden box. The dulcimer is usually played by two bamboo mallets. With the two mallets, you can hit the strings or plucks the strings. The dulcimer can be … Continue reading