On Thursday, May 10, Governor Deval Patrick proclaimed the month of May to be Asian Pacific Heritage Month during a celebration at the State House. Governor Patrick was joined by members of the Governor’s Asian American Commission, elected officials and members of the Asian Pacific American community.
Rhitu Chatterjee currently works as a science reporter for the daily public radio program of international news called The World. The show is co-produced by the BBC World Service, Public Radio International and WGBH radio in Boston. The World is broadcast on nearly 300 public radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.
Brian H. Wong is the News Editor at ESPN. For Sampan’s Asian American Heritage Month special, Mr. Wong was kind enough to accept an interview. Here is what he said:
What was it like growing up as an Asina-American in the United States?
Fortunately, I can say that as an Asian American growing up in Boston, I have never been teased with degrading names or insults. No blond-haired, blue-eyed boy in my first grade class ever pulled his eyes at the corners, slanted them, and ridiculed me. At Boston Latin School, at least 45 percent of the students were Asian American, which made us much more a majority than a “minority.” Extreme racial slurs and blatant prejudice are as foreign to me as soy sauce on ice cream. As a contemporary Chinese-American, I have never been hassled, unless bad pickup lines count. “Hey baby, ni hao ma?” is not an effective pickup line.
The topic of ‘food’ took center stage at WGBH – Boston’s public television station – headquarters on May 3 in celebration of Asian American Heritage Month, as the station hosted local food experts to talk about the Chinese take-out restaurant culture, as well as personal food stories.