Mayor Lisa Wong leads with grace under pressure

It’s hard to believe now, but Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong was voted second-most bashful in high school.
“Now I speak all the time publicly,” Wong said. Today, the first Asian American female mayor in Massachusetts speaks with confidence and poise: making eye contact, holding her chin up and smiling warmly. Continue reading

Korean-American twins shine onstage and off

By day, 13-year-old identical twins Uatchet (WAH-djet) Jin and Nekhebet (NECK-heh-bet) Kum Juch are just your average schoolgirls. The petite seventh graders draw incessantly, cuddle their cat Saja (Korean for “lion”) and occasionally consume bottomless amounts of frozen yogurt topped with mochi and caramel sauce.
When the sun sets, the Juch sisters morph into twin starlets. Nekhebet is the taller of the two, but the sisters are otherwise mirror images. Continue reading

A food aficionado: Blue Dragon

Boston celebrity chef Ming Tsai has expanded beyond his Wellesley digs at Blue Ginger to the up-and-coming Fort Point scene with his gastropub Blue Dragon. The place is packed — even on a Wednesday night we waited over an hour to grab dinner. We heard the wait is even longer on the weekends! Seats are first-come, first-serve and only parties of 10 or more can place a reservation. Continue reading