Vol. XXXIX September 24 - October 7, 2010
Calligraphy: A mental and physical art
By Joanne Wong
Calligraphy aficiona dos, young and old, gathered at the Chinese American Fine Art Society (CAFAS) on a Saturday afternoon to share best practices and techniques. In the first collaborative event of this kind between CAFAS and the American Chinese Art Society (ACAS), novice and expert calligraphers were invited to practice their skills. A number of expert calligraphers, including a 91 year-old instructor, attended the event. Mike Mei, Director of CAFAS, called the event one of “mutual cooperation, practice, and exchange”. Speakers from the facilitating organizations emphasized the importance
Sample of calligraphers’ works at the Chinese American Fine Art Society. (Photo by Joanne Wong)
of calligraphy both as an art form and as a way to promote physical and mental well-being. Four calligraphers at a time, equipped with their brushes, gathered around the table, on which paper and ink were provided, and wrote the short poem “登鸛雀樓“ (Climbing the Stork Tower) by Tang
poet Wang Zhi Huan. One such calligrapher at the table was Nancy Lamb Fray, a novice calligrapher who started studying the art three years ago. Passionate about Chinese culture, Fray picked up the art under the tutelage of Mike Mei at CAFAS and now specializes in the lishu style. Fray expressed
Taiwanese puppetry showcased at the Newton Free Library
her love for the art, and how practicing this ancient art form helped her cultivate a greater capacity for patience. Upon completion of their verses, calligraphers affixed their works on the wall for others to view and admire. For more information about calligraphy and events, please visit CAFAS at 11 Edinboro St. or call (617) 728-8588.
Joanne Wong is a Sampan correspondent
Calligraphers practice their skills and techniques. (Photo by Joanne Wong)
台灣民間廟會系列 - 跑旱船。跑旱船是台灣民間廟會 常見得民俗活動﹐呈現的是人搭船的景象。 (反面中文第三版續)
New Chinese School opens its doors in Wellesley
Seventy-five students, grades K-6, gathered in the church basement for the official opening of the Wellesley Chinese School. (Photo by Alissa Greenbert)
By Alissa Greenberg
The temple fair series features the lion dance, an important, traditional type of dance performed at Chinese New Year, festivals, wedding ceremonies, and other celebratory occasions. The lion is said to repel evil and bring good fortune. (Photo by Cody Yiu)
By Cody Yiu
wanese folklore tales and temple fair tradition. Taiwanese glove puppetOne of the folklore sery, a popular performance ries is Auntie Tiger, a Hakka art, is now on display in folktale about a tiger spirit, the atrium of the New Free who, through the use of Library until September black magic, turns itself 30. Provided by the Culture into an elderly woman. DisCenter of the Taipei Ecoguised as a kind old lady, the nomic and Cultural Office in spirit knocks on doors and Boston (TECO), the exhibit preys particularly on chilfeatures eight series of Tai- dren who are home alone.
Its tricks are eventually uncovered by three astute children, Faith, Hope and Love. In the end, the tiger spirit meets its demise. Auntie Tiger is a popular children’s story which teaches the young not to invite strangers into the house. The other folklore series, Tien-Ding Liao, tells the story of a Robin Hood-
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other backgrounds, the group included Wellesley A church basement natives, as well as visitors filled with squirming chil- from Sherbourne, Needdren on a weekend morn- ham, Framingham, Natick, ing usually means bible and Weston. stories and hymns, but on James Sours, 9, was Sunday, September 12 the preparing for his first day Wellesley Congregational of basic Chinese. “The Village Church played host characters are really interinstead to the beginning esting, so I want to learn of a language-learning about them” he said. His journey. mother added, “It used to Seventy-five students, be that kindergarten and grades K-6, gathered in first grade in Wellesley the church basement for included foreign language, the official opening of the but now that begins in 7th Wellesley Chinese School. grade. This is a head start A mix of first- and second- for him.” generation Chinese imA few seats down, a migrants and people from small boy pouted about
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September 24, 2010
Chinese-American candidates prevail in primary election By Cody Yiu
Norfolk District in Quincy, scored a narrow win against attorney It was a night of celebration at Joseph Keegan 2,684 to 2,572. A the Fox & Hound Wood Grille and former state assistant attorney Tavern in Quincy and Kowloon general from Wollaston, Chan will Restaurant in Saugus on Septem- take on Republican John Iredale ber 14. After all, winning the pri- in the general election. mary election meant party time Wong, vying for the 10th (did for Democratic candidate Tackey you mean 10th? I only saw a 0) Chan and Republican candidate Essex County in Saugus, beat his Donald Wong. But the race is not Republican contender Raymond over yet. Both Chan and Wong Igou 1,851 to 423, and will face will move on to the next and final off incumbent Mark Falzone (Dleg - the general election on NoSaugus) on November 2. Wong is vember 2. the owner of Kowloon Restaurant Chan, running for the 2nd and an instructor of Qigong at in
Boston and Danvers. In Boston, it was a field day for incumbent state Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-2nd Suffolk), who hammered Hassan Williams 10,018 to 3,131 in the primary. In the absence of Republican challengers, first-term incumbent Chang-Diaz is practically set to win a second term in the general election. The Second Suffolk District includes portions of the South End, Jamaica Plain, Fenway, Roxbury, Dorchester and Chinatown.
The Chinatown Coalition September meeting highlights By Bo Zhang
Quincy Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee looks over State Primary results and the Asian Business Outreach survey
QAAAR members at the September meeting. (Photo by Jianghe Niu)
By Natalie Ornell
The Quincy Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee convened on September 18th to discuss the State Primary results and the Asian Business Partnership Outreach survey. According to committee member Betty Yau, “All the winners of each party will be on a ballot on November 2nd so people need to register on October 13th for the deadline.” The Asian Business Outreach survey was distributed in North Quincy and Wollaston. The survey asks Asian business owners to describe some of the pros and cons of having a business in Quincy. The questionnaire will be posted on the website soon. Yau has collected fifteen questionnaires so far and she should have all the preliminary data soon. “We want to find out what the Asian businesses want. We want to find a way to open a dialogue. In this way people don’t need to speak in public. It’s another attempt to reach out to Asian business people in attempt to offer design resources for the Asian community. We will have visited 30-40 businesses soon.” The committee should have results about the survey within the next month or so. September 20th is the one year anniversary of the Eye on Quincy TV show. The show started as a 30 minute segment and expanded to one hour. The committee and the Eye on Quincy team are now planning an anniversary celebration.
there would be approximately 325 The Chinatown units of much-needed Coalition met on Sep community housing, 9th at the Boston Chiincluding 69 affordnatown Neighborhood able rental units, Center to speak with 66-99 affordable Boston City Councilor condominiums and John Connolly and fol156-189 market-rate low up with Parcel 24 homeownership opand Bilingual Ballots portunities. Projects. Connolly But taking into reiterated his focus of consideration a stillBoston City Councilor John Connolly reiterated his focus of work on work on education. weak economy while education during the meeting. (Photo by Bo Zhang) Connolly was elected also assessing the curto an At-Large (Citywide) rent marking demand, seat on the Boston City Council in 2007 and is in his ACDC has decided to call off the market-rate homsecond term now. “I went to city council for a number eownership opportunities. Instead, 200 affordable of reasons,” Connolly said, “but principally number market-rate rental units will be added to the plan, and one is a desire to improve our schools.” A former the number of affordable rental units will go up to 95. teacher, Connolly described two initiatives he’s workOnly 50 affordable condominiums will be kept. ing on presently at the Boston City Council in terms of “The next decade will be a time for renters,” Chan education. said. “There will be a lot more people renting.” In total, “The most important issue right now,” as Conthe number of the whole program’s units will be 345, nolly addressed it, is the now expired contract with compared to the previous 325. The overall floor space the Boston Teachers Union, which addresses a broad will not change, but each rental unit will be smaller. range of issues including wages, benefits, work condiThe ACDC has already finished applying for rental tions, and career advancement for teachers in Boston. funding from the city. They will file an application to It expired on Aug 31st. The contract not only makes the Massachusetts’s Department of Housing and Comsure all the schools work well, but also governs teach- munity Development for funding next Thursday. er evaluation and teacher quality and professional Lisette Le from the Chinese Progressive Associadevelopment. “This contract is critical to our ability to tion mentioned in the meeting that after a decade of make our school the best it can be.” Connolly said. advocacy by the Coalition for Asian American Voting The Boston Public School system, the Boston Rights, bilingual ballots were finally Teachers Union, several elected officials and interest signed into law, which will be effecEver dreamed groups are starting to voice their ideas for the new tive on Jan 1st, 2011 through 2013. teachers contract. Connolly has called a City Council At the end of the meeting, hearing on Sep 28th to solicit suggestions. Nancy Eng of the Chinese Historical During the meeting, Councilor Connolly also emSociety of New England announced phasized the need for an Environmental Science Acad- that the 18th annual meeting of emy in the Boston Public School system. He claimed CHSNE will be held on Sep 24th that this would prepare our young people for jobs in at China Pearl Restaurant, with a the Green Economy. Sojourner award going to Madeline “Let’s have a school that sets national and interna- Wong, the first insurance agent of tional standards for green education,” Connolly urged, Chinese ancestry in New England. “not only civic virtues of sustainability, but also practi- Plus, CHSNE will hold a book talk cal skills to go out and get a job in the green economy.” with Erika Lee, a co-author of the According to Connolly, the program will most book Angel Island: Immigrant probably be plugged into high school, but ideally for Gateway to America on Oct 1st at all K-12 Boston Public Schools. The task of operatChinese Progressive Association ing such environmental learning departments poses event space. challenges, but Connolly, who serves as Chair of the The National Immigrant InteCity Council’s Committee on Environment and Health, gration Conference’s second annual is determined to make Boston a leader in the “green meeting will be held from Sep 29th economy.” to Oct 1st at the Westin Boston Asian Community Development Corporation Waterfront Hotel. www.integration(ACDC)’s acting Executive Director Janelle Chan preconference.org sented at the TCC meeting about updates of the Parcel Bo Zhang is a Sampan correspondent. 24 Program – a mixed-use housing project in Chinatown – since last meeting in June. In the original plan of 2008, Chan pointed out,
The tour of the TV station starts at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:00. It takes place on the first and third Mondays of every month except holidays. The studio is located near the Thomas Crane Library, and attendees must use the parking lot entrance to enter if they want to be guests on the show. Yon Lee of the new Shaolin Institute in Quincy also joined last Saturday’s meeting. Lee has been appointed International Shaolin Cultural Ambassador by the Dengfeng Municipal Government in 2007 at a reception at Adams House at Harvard University. The Shaolin Institute has been formed by members of the Harvard Tai Chi Tiger Crane Club. The new center will be opening soon at 60A Billings Road in Quincy. In preserving and in promoting Shaolin culture and heritage, the new Quincy Center Shaolin Institute is continuing a “Meet the Master Series” in October, bringing together Shaolin masters from China and other parts of the world to Quincy. For more information on the institute, visit www.yonlee.com and for information on the Shaolin Cultural Foundation, please visit http://www.hcs.harvard. edu/~htctc/shaolin.php. The committee will reconvene on Saturday, October 16th at 10 am. Natalie Ornell is a Sampan correspondent.
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College of American Pathologists See, Test and Treat breast and cervical cancer screening prevention program comes to Tufts Medical Center
On Saturday October 23rd, Tufts Medical Center will be hosting the College of American Pathologists See, Test and Treat Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Prevention Program, two cancers that affect women. This program is being championed at Tufts by Barbarajean Magnani, PhD, MD, FCAP from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Collaborating physician partners include Dr. Nora Laver (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), Dr. Andrea Zuckerman (Obstetrics and Gynecology), and Dr. Marc Homer (Radiology). The See, Test and Treat Program is a way to bring testing to an underserved population or a population that may have some barriers in getting regular
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healthcare and allowing them not only to see a physician, have a screening that they need, but get the results before they go home. This enables them to discuss their results with the physician and schedule a follow-up appointment if necessary. During the See, Test and Treat Program, woman can receive a gynecological exam which includes a PAP smear, breast exam and lab work or a mammogram if necessary. See, Test and Treat is a program conceived by the College of American Pathologists. They have done it in various places throughout the country. It was originally intended for the Native Americans living on Federal lands because they had real barriers to receiving proper healthcare. That population also has a fairly high incidence
of cervical cancer. This was the perfect way for them to get the necessary screening. Other barriers that women may face is that women are so busy taking care of their families, their career or their businesses that they don’t have time to look after their own health. Tufts Medical Center is offering this program on a Saturday so women don’t have to necessarily worry about taking a day off from work. Children’s activities will also be provided if they bring their children or if they do not have childcare arrangements. Tufts Medical Center will also offer refreshments and educational programs for the women to help them learn more about their health. “Think about it like this” Dr. Magnani said, “If you are on an airplane, they provide
you with instructions about using the oxygen mask in case of emergency. They tell you to put it on yourself first before helping others. Women need to look after themselves first; they need to be healthy in order to take care of their families.” There may also be cultural and linguistic barriers where women may be afraid to come to a program or to see a health care professional because they are afraid that they won’t be able to communicate. At the See, Test and Treat Program at Tufts Medical Center, interpreters will be available. It is a nice, safe program for women. If they feel like they need to come with a mother, grandmother, or older daughter, they can come together as a group to support one another. Asian women are encour-
aged to make an appointment. The event will have appointment slots available from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If someone has insurance, they should bring their insurance card but that will not be a barrier to getting seen. To pre-register for this event, call 617-636-4872 (Chinese speaking operators will be available). Walk-ins are also welcome. This will be held in the Tufts Medical Center OB/ GYN Clinic located on the second floor of the South building, 860 Washington Street in Boston’s Chinatown. This is the first article of a three part series on the See, Test and Treat Program. Article funded through the Asian Health Initiative of Tufts Medical Center
Book review: Innocent, by Scott Turow By Sam Ho
In 1986, the novel Presumed Innocent took the nation by storm and began a trend of legal thrillers on bookstore shelves left and right. It is a story that combines a number of intriguing elements: a prosecutor being prosecuted, a secret adulterous affair with the victim, missing legal files, red herrings here and there, and a protagonist, Rozat “Rusty” Sabich, whose stand in this matter is ambiguous to the reader. Sabich is a deputy prosecutor who is assigned to take the case involving the murder of another prosecutor, Carolyn Polhemus, who was once his former lover and for whom he harbored an obsession. Further complicating matters by not procuring enough evidence, he finds himself at the mercy of the very legal system he works for. Eight novels set in the same fictional location of Kindle County and 24 years later, Scott Turow returns with a sequel titled Innocent, in which an older Rusty, a judge of the county appellate court, gets accused of murdering his manicdepressive wife Barbara. Once again, the ambiguity regarding his innocence is present, like how Rusty waits 24 hours after discovering his wife’s body before calling their son Nat, complicating his defense and keeping the readers guessing. Now I’ve only ever watched the movie adaptation of Presumed Innocent that stars Harrison Ford, and since I liked that movie and I heard Turow wrote this sequel, I decided to pick it up to read. It was not a quick read – not a difficult book aside from legal and computer technology jargon, but quite lengthy. But, nevertheless, it was a page-turner. Turow’s narrative is easy to fall into. I
had somewhat mixed feelings about the shifting narrator and timeframe. The first part of the book switches between Rusty and Tommy Molto, his prosecutor and rival, with the past being presented in the first person present tense and “current” time being presented in the third person past tense. This leads to some confusion in the narrative, and Turow may have revealed key events too early, making it difficult for readers to relish the thrill of the chase, of piecing together the key points within the novel. Otherwise the prose is excellent. Nat Sabich, Rusty’s son, and Anna, his former clerk, also narrate from their respective perspectives. I was happy to see an older Rusty return as one of the protagonists, and welcomed the additions of his son Nat and his latest lover Anna. However I did find it somewhat unbelievable that a man who engaged in an extramarital affair and was later charged with his lover’s murder, a great if not the greatest punishment for such a sin, would engage in another one with equally disastrous consequences (being tried for the murder of his wife). I also found Tommy Molto’s fervent animosity towards Rusty off-putting, and once more he is obsessed with finding Rusty guilty of Carolyn Polhemus and now Barbara’s death. But the one who takes the cake is his deputy prosecutor, Jim Brand, whose extreme show of contempt can drive the reader to the wall. Although it is a compelling read, this book may not be everybody’s cup of tea. There is some explicit content, a May-December romance, and some readers may find Nat’s frequent bursts into tears annoying.
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September 24, 2010 Interview
Interview with Chun-Fai Chan years in West Roxbury). For the past six years, I have been a schoolteacher in the Boston Public Schools.
Sampan: What prompted you to run for City Council? Chan: I have said that I have two motivations why I am running for City Council. The first one is advocacy for young people, families, and teachers. Too often, their voices are not always being heard in city government particularly when it comes Chun-Fai Chan is one of the five candidates vying to replace former District 6 City Councilor John Tobin a special election preliminary to schools. This group should ballot Oct. 19. (Photo courtesy of Chun-Fai Chan) have a stake in the decisionmaking process because these By Cody Yiu decisions would affect them the most at home and in the classroom. The second Chun-Fai Chan is one of the five canone is to present this idea of a democratic didates vying to replace former District 6 participatory government because it is your City Councilor John Tobin a special election preliminary ballot Oct. 19. District 6 encom- government and your participation that is needed to make the city a better place for all. passes West Roxbury, Jamaica Plan, RoslinThose are the two main reasons I am rundale and Mission Hill. ning for City Council. Chan is a long-term West Roxbury resident and high school teacher. He and his family have deep roots in Boston Chinatown. Chan shares with the Sampan about his vision for public education and his reasons for running. Sampan: Please tell our readers about yourself. Chan: I was born in Hong Kong and I came to Boston with my family when I was four years old. Since then, I have lived in the city of Boston for much of my life (twenty
Sampan: What are the issues facing Boston’s District 6 neighborhoods and how are you hoping to address them? Chan: As I have traveled throughout Boston’s District 6 (which is made up of the Boston neighborhoods of Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, and parts of Roslindale and Mission Hill), the single biggest issue facing Boston’s District 6 neighborhoods is the schools. The residents of District 6 want quality schools in their neighborhoods just like in any neigh-
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borhood in the city. When we do advocate for quality neighborhood schools, it is important to realize that as a city we all need work together to achieve the goal of quality neighborhood schools because when it comes to the future leaders of our city, state, and country we cannot just play short-term politics and do what is politically expedient to satisfy one group or one constituency. How to do this is to finally have an open dialogue of the past scars that have happened because of desegregation of the public schools in the 1970s. Until we as a city get past the animosity and bitter feelings of that era, we are never going to progress as a city toward a common solution of quality neighborhood schools that benefit everyone. Sampan: What Asian communities can one find in the District? Chan: There is a sizable Asian population in District 6 as the neighborhoods have become increasingly diverse. With that diversity comes individuals from many different cultures and backgrounds, which includes the Asian community. Young Asian professionals (like many other young professionals) are living in Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill while many more Asian families have increasingly been moving to West Roxbury and Roslindale. This is a great sign of progress in our neighborhoods and I am hopeful that these trends toward diverse neighborhoods continue because that is the unique quality of living in America.
Sampan: You are a public school teacher. What do you think are the major issues facing the public school system in the City?
Chan: The high school dropout rate is one of the major issues facing the public school in the city. To curb the high school dropout rate, we need to encourage our families to become more engaged in their children’s lives like checking in with them at various times even when families are working long hours. We also need to encourage families to read to their children to increase literacy rates. This goes back to the idea of a democratic participatory government in that these are concepts that the government cannot help a family do, and it takes all of you to contribute so that our young people can be the competent, future leaders that we know they can be.
Sampan: What are some of the practical steps to help immigrants in the city of Boston to find jobs? Chan: We need to provide everyone including immigrants the tools they need to succeed. Without them, all the talent that individuals have cannot be nurtured. Specifically, we need to continue to fund job-training programs because a worker needs to have an array of skills in order to compete in the job market; this includes having a proper education. A person now may have to have two to three professions so there needs to be opportunities for that person to get training or go back to school. Finally, we need to bring back trade schools and vocational schools because we need to develop our future builders and construction workers who are in various types of construction (including green construction) that hopefully pay well and have a career ladder.
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One quarter of the students are ‘monolingual’ and have no Mandarin background, while the remaining ‘heritage’ students have some language exposure and are divided by level. (Photo by Alissa Greenbgerg)
co-chair of the board of directors, outlined the school’s goals, saying “The premise is that everyone can learn Chinese... We seek to educate, challenge, and inspire our community.” In her own remarks, school principal Xiaoyun Wu added, “We are obligated to provide an opportunity for our kids to learn the language spoken by one third of the world.” The two women then introduced the school’s language teachers, all of whom have Master’s Degrees and teaching experience. “This is a very differ-
ent school from existing schools, in terms of quality,” Kochling said. “This is the first school in the area where we advertised and did full rounds of interviews looking for teachers. They aren’t just parents of students—in fact, none of the teachers are students’ parents. Some of them are professors. They really prepare for their classes.” After a ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks by Wellesley State Representative Alice Peisch, students were dismissed to their classrooms, with classes separated into two groups. One quarter of the
students are ‘monolingual’ and have no Mandarin background, while the remaining ‘heritage’ students have some language exposure and are divided by level. While the monolingual class will follow a more conventional learning process, heritage students will use the Ma Li Ping system, which emphasizes reading and speaking at a time when students may not yet be writing comfortably in their first language. “With Ma Li Ping, we can have them reading materials they’re interested in quickly,” said Helen Fang of the school’s SEE SCHOOL, PAGE 7
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board of directors. “Without this kind of system, young learners often lose interest by grade three.” After the ceremony, teacher Shuxia Liu went around her Ma Li Ping kindergarten class asking simple questions to check comprehension. “How old are you? How many people are in your family? What do your parents call you?” she asked each small face in succession. Down the hall, the monolingual class practiced the basic Mandarin vowels. Later on, the students would round out the day with other pursuits: along with language courses, the school will offer classes on Chinese classical performing arts, painting, and chess. The Wellesley Chinese School’s next term will begin in January. Anyone interested in registering for classes should contact
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Tien-Ding Liao tells the story of a Robin Hood-like figure by the very name. (Photo by Cody Yiu)
Auntie Tiger is a Hakka folktale and a popular children’s story. (Photo by Cody Yiu)
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