Busting college savings myths

Have you ever seen that cool show on TV that busts all different kinds of myths? Especially that episode where they find out if talking on a cell phone while pumping gas could actually cause an explosion? Or that other episode where they see if an elevator suddenly falls, could you save yourself in the nick of time by jumping out just before it hits the bottom? In today’s article, we will bust some college savings myths… just as cool as the show, right? We make too much money to get financial aid.  This myth may be true, but the … Continue reading

A little neighborly love goes a long way

Those days are gone when neighbors refer to one another on the first name basis and exchange local gossip during their morning walks.  That face-to-face interaction has since been replaced by electronic and online communication tools. Cries of desperation go unheard The byproduct of technology is a deep sense of loneliness and isolation.  The sting of isolation becomes even more pronounced when one is an immigrant with limited English capabilities.  Mundane and simple tasks such as going grocery shopping or getting on the bus can become quite a challenge.  Some immigrants just quit trying and rely on their children and … Continue reading

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