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

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

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