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 mayor in Massachusetts speaks with confidence and poise: making eye contact, holding her chin up and smiling warmly. Continue reading

Overcoming Asian American challenges

Larry Ho with two students at Lexington, Mass., in 2009. (Image courtesy of Tsinghua University.)

In May 2000, during a celebration of Asian American Heritage Month, I was asked by the US Army Corps of Engineers to talk on “The Asian American Experience” ( In the talk, I briefly reviewed the history of legislation against Chinese Americans and Chinese immigration. I touched on various incidents, including the 1980 Vincent Chin case, the scandal of Chinese campaign financing in the ’90s, the Wen Ho Lee case and the covert college admission quota for Chinese Americans in the present day.
I was invited by the Sampan to update this talk and review new challenges facing our group Continue reading

Diabetes in Asian Americans

圖片來自Flickr用戶 kindagetmego。

There are two major types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is a condition that the body stops producing insulin completely. In the case of type 2 diabetes, the body is either unable to produce insulin and/or not be able to use insulin properly. Up to 95 percent of the diabetes found in those of Asian American descent is type 2 diabetes. Continue reading