When Bob Lundy started at Home Depot 25 years ago, he was a lot associate who pushed shopping carts around the parking lot. Today, Lundy is the district manager of Boston South, an area that encompasses seven Home Depot locations in Avon, Dorchester, Quincy, Rockland, Watertown and West Roxbury.
At 1:30 p.m. today, the New England Keeping Families Together Bus Tour finishes its three-day circuit across four states with a press event at the Paris Street Gymnasium in East Boston. The event culminates a tour that ranged from Nashua, New Hampshire to Providence, Rhode Island, as immigrant communities throughout New England welcomed a bus with undocumented immigrants willing to share their personal stories and ask Congress and to Keep Families Together.
The seventh We Are Boston Gala took place Dec. 4 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, celebrating diversity and new immigrants. More than 1,000 people attended the gala, featuring ethnic dishes, cultural performances and an awards ceremony.
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.
As the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the law modeled after Massachusetts’ Health Care Reform, the Commonwealth is moving on to its next phase. Since the 2006 landmark health care reform law passed, the Commonwealth has achieved near-universal health insurance coverage (95%) of its residents, and almost all of its children. The goals ahead are maximizing efficiency, encouraging preventative measures, and recalibrating the payment system. But the inclusion of many documented immigrants was only recently affirmed after a long struggle.