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.
A respected leader among Chinese Americans and women, Madeline C. Wong’s accomplishments include the founding of one of America’s largest and oldest Asian dining meccas, her work in the insurance field, and her many contributions to the community and charity work. And all of her accomplishments were celebrated on April 17, when Wong was given the opportunity to throw the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox baseball game, a feat very few people have the chance to perform in their lifetimes.
On March 30, the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) hosted seven local colleges and universities, as well as an educational documentation agency, in a college fair aimed at showcasing the kinds of education the organization’s Next Steps Transitional English Program (STEP) students can look forward to after graduating. More than 70 students attended.
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