Lingzi Lu was a dog lover, Candy Crush Saga addict and brilliant student who lived life to the fullest. Lu was remembered by friends, faculty and family at a memorial service on April 22 at Boston University.
On a grey morning, a group of Chinese seniors fussed over a pink-clad toddler, exclaiming in Cantonese and Toishanese. Other seniors strolled over and discussed their traditional Chinese dance and music classes. In another area, elders proudly displayed their Chinese ink-brush paintings of prancing horses and delicately veined shrimp. Despite all the Chinese commotion, these seniors do not live in Chinatown. Instead, they reside at the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly.
Community members protested the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s proposed fare increases April 10 at the Department of Transportation building and at the Statehouse. Individuals signed a petition to Senate President Therese Murray to keep fares low. The MBTA faces a budget shortfall of $118 million for its next fiscal year, which would be offset by increased state funds, raising fares and cutting unpopular bus routes. Fares increased 23 percent last year for trains and buses, while the cost of the Ride for disabled patrons doubled to $4 from $2.
Chinatown residents gathered to share their experiences of coming to America on April 13, in the Oak Terrace reading room. The Conversation Club is a community group formed by Harvard University student Lun Tian Yew and two high school students Sukey Lu and Yating Lu, who organized the event.
The story of the Chinese serving in the American Civil War is rarely told. On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, “Chinese Heroes of the American Civil War” recounted their bravery on April 11 at the Somerville Public Library.
Boston Restaurant Week is two delicious weeks in March, when the finest restaurants in the area serve a prix fixe menu with an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $20.13 at lunch and $38.13 for dinner. It’s a great opportunity to sample the best of Boston for significantly less. The Sampan had the opportunity to visit Blue Ginger, Dalya’s Restaurant and Grill 23 & Bar.