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Cathay Bank to host free basic legal considerations workshop for small businesses

(Lef to right) Tim Doherty, Sr. Real Estate Project Manager of ACDC; Chau-ming Lee, Executive Director of AACA; Johnny Ip, Regional Senior President & General Manager, New England Region, Cathay Bank; Harvey J. Wolkoff, a litigation partner of Ropes & Gray LLP; Jessica Sommer, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civic Rights, Gilber K. Ho of Chinatown Main Street, Alex Zhang, Community Planner and Organizer of ACDC, Debbie Ho of Chinatown Main Street.

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Cathay Bank, along with Belin Economic Justice Project (EJP) and Ropes & Gray LLP, will be hosting a free basic legal considerations workshop for small businesses at 621 Washington Street in Boston, MA on Thursday, September 23, from 6 to 8 PM. This workshop is the beginning of what the hosting organizations believe will be a vibrant, ongoing collaboration and of immense benefit to the

Asian-American business community. The workshop will provide an overview of a number of important business legal topics, the understanding of which can help entrepreneurs and small business owners improve their business performance while protecting themselves, their businesses, and their personal assets as well. Cosponsoring the workshop are Chinatown Main Street, a Boston Main Streets Initiative, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Asian

American Civic Association (AACA), and Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC). Workshop presenters will be bilingual in English and Chinese. Following the workshop will also be a legal clinic in which attorneys offer individual legal consultation; interpreters will also be available during the clinic. In a press conference held on August 27, event hosts gave an overview of what the workshop would entail. Jessica Sommer of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civic Rights, said goal of this program is to familiarize aspiring or current entrepreneurs with “the ABCs” of legal issues that come with starting a small business through a series of workshop. The workshop will walk through the various ways to protect small business owners when it comes to signing leases, contracts, and determining business entity. Johnny Ip, the Regional Senior President & General Manager of Cathay Bank’s New England Region, said if the Asian-American community responded well to the first workshop on September 23, a series of workshop may be available in the future. Cathay Bank was

founded in 1962 in Los Angeles as a small business. Today, it is a publicly listed company with branches around the world. According to Ip, Cathay Bank, across all regions, has set aside $1 billion for small business loans, which come in a variety of packages to meet different business needs. Those interested in getting a loan can contact Cathy Bank for application details. Harvey J. Wolkoff, a litigation partner of Ropes & Gray LLP, a leading law firm in New England, said its lawyers and staff devoted 90,000 hours to pro bono clients, and have helped many small business clients in the past through this particular project. Wolkoff encourages all aspiring entrepreneurs to seek legal counsel before starting a small business to avoid running into issues down the road. For instance, when a business owner seeks to rent a space, it is a good idea to let a lawyer review the lease to make sure that particular zone in fact permits businesses. For more questions about the workshop, please contact Mary DeAngelis of Cathay Bank at 617.338.4700 x101.

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APIA Vote to launch in Massachusetts, Quincy Mayor's Asian American AdviCommittee updates community celebration honors bilingual ballots bill sory on recent MBTA- related robberies APIAVote Executive Director Leverett Wing hosts “Faces of Leadership”Conference. (Photo by Jiaxian Cen)

Commission in the State House moderated the evening’s “Faces of Leadership” panel discussion. Attendees, some including people running for local positions in office, enjoyed a panel featuring some of Massachusetts’ historical elected officials. Unfortunately, Congressman Mike Honda, a senior ranking Asian American in Congress and the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, who was scheduled to speak at the event, could not make it due A ceremony honoring the Co- to weather reports about the alition for Asian American Voting incoming Hurricane Earl on SepRights and its efforts spearhead- tember 3. Despite the weather ing the recent passage and signreport, over 130 people attended ing of a bill requiring fully trans- the event, many more than exliterated Chinese and Vietnamese pected according to Wing. ballots in Boston took place at State Senator Sonia ChangBingham McCutchen, LLP in Bos- Díaz, the first Asian American ton on September 3, the night of elected to state office, Fitchburg Hurricane Earl. Mayor Lisa Wong, the First Asian The event was also a celAmerican woman elected Mayor ebration for the Asian and in the state, Newton City CouncilPacific Islander American Vote or Amy Mah Sangiolo, the longest (APIAVote). APIAVote is the only sitting Asian American elected national Asian American organi- official in MA, and Former Lowzation solely focused on civic en- ell City Councilor Rithy Uong, gagement and voter engagement the first Cambodian American at the local, state, and national elected as a city councilor in the levels and is now launching API- United States all discussed their AVote Massachusetts, a collabexperiences as political leaders orative effort between APIAVote and answered questions from the and a number of Massachusetts audience ranging from their exorganizations to increase Asian periences as Asian Americans in American voter participation and politics to political survival and civic engagement. making strong connections with APIAVote Executive Director voters. Leverett Wing, a Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who native and political leader and also could not make the event, community activist known for recorded a video message for his efforts in creating the Masthe audience congratulating the sachusetts Asian American evening’s honorees and thanking

“dear friend” APIAVote’s Executive Director Leverett Wing for “bringing all this energy and enthusiasm to APIA Vote.” APIAVote’s Chair and CoFounder Daphne Kwok said, “This is one of the best turnouts for APIAVote. I am extremely honored to be involved since its inception. We really want to thank Leverett for his leadership. We need civic engagement 365 days a year, not just once every four years. We are non-partisan and just want to engage the community. We have got to get our voices out there.” Chairperson of the Chinese Progressive Association Suzanne Lee said, “I don’t know how many of you realize what a victory this is. In the state of Massachusetts, under the clouds of the anti-immigrant sentiment, we are really proud to work with the community. Everybody needs to have a voice in the democracy. Nothing symbolizes that more than to see elderly voters go in alone without anyone going in with them. I am proud to be part of the coalition. Without all the support from the coalition we would not have gotten this far. I welcome everyone’s support.” Lee emphasized that the bilingual ballots bill will expire in two years and the fight to get a permanent law in place needs to continue. Natalie Ornell is a Sampan correspondent

The Quincy Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee met in August to discuss the recent trend in armed robberies in Quincy. (Photo by Natalie Ornell)

By Natalie Ornell The Quincy Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee met in August to discuss the recent trend in armed robberies in Quincy, a Quincy Chamber of Commerce Asian Business outreach survey, and the Asian Business Partnership Outreach meeting. According to the MBTA transit police in a public alert, a series of unarmed nighttime robberies have taken place in neighborhoods adjacent to both North Quincy and Wollaston train stations in the last couple of months. In four out of five reported incidents last reported in August the victim was an Asian female walking with a purse from the Wollaston train station. According to an MBTA alert “the descriptions by the victims vary widely, but the common factor is that they are black or white males ranging in age from 20 to 25” and that in most cases “the suspects worked alone.” The Quincy Transit Police Department urges people to be aware of their surroundings, walk with others or close to others, scan the area for threats, opt for main road travel, and remove headphones while walking and avoid texting. People are also

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urged to carry a whistle and have their cell phones ready to dial ‘911’ in case of a threatening situation. If you have any information about the recent incidents you should contact the Quincy Police department at 617. 479. 1212. The committee also reported that the Eye on Quincy QATV Channel 8 TV show is “doing very well” according to Chairperson Betty Yau who would like to reach a goal of 20,000 viewers. The show will be celebrating its one year anniversary soon. The next Eye On Quincy showing will take place on September 20th from 7-8 pm live and community members are encouraged to join a production. Contact Betty Yau at 617. 376. 1298 or email byau@quincyma.gov if you are interested in seeing the show live. The Eye on Quincy show aims to create an interactive and immediate communication platform, provide important in- language civic messages, and to promote civic engagement, dialogue, and critical thinking on pressing social issues. The committee will reconvene on September 18th at 10 am at the North Quincy Community Center. Natalie Ornell is a Sampan correspondent NONPROFIT ORG PERMIT NO. 54358 BOSTON, MA


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Free breast and cervical cancer screenings

Tufts Medical Center and the College of American Pathologists Present See, Test and Treat™ Organizations partner to offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings for Asian American women. What: Tufts Medical Center, the College of American Pathologists, the American Cancer Society and the Massachusetts affiliate for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® are partnering to offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women ages 21 and older. The event is also sponsored by BD Diagnostics, Siemens, Qiagen, and Kodak. Registered women will receive a Pap test and mammogram (if necessary). Test results will be provided the same day and physicians will be available to discuss test results if needed. Consultations are free of charge for uninsured and underinsured women. Insured women are asked to bring their health insurance card. Pre-registration is required. Patients can register by calling 617-636-4872. Mandarin and Cantonese language interpreters will be available for pre-registration calls and during the event. Patients are invited to spend the

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day at the See, Test and Treat Health Fair. Food and entertainment will be offered along with health information and a See, Test and Treat t-shirt and other prizes after test results are given. Children’s activities will be provided. Where: Tufts Medical Center South 2 OB/GYN Clinic, 860 Washington Street, Boston, MA When: Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free basic legal considerations workshop for small businesses

This workshop will provide an overview of a number of important business legal topics, the understanding of which can help entrepreneurs and small business owners improve business performance while protecting themselves, their businesses, and their personal assets. Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010 Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM Location: Cathay Bank 621 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111 To RSVP contact Mary: (617) 933-8488 or mary_deangelis@cathaybank.com This workshop is hosted by Cathay Bank, Ropes and Gray, Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights, and co-sponsored by Chinatown Main Street, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Asian American Civic Association and Asian Community

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In honor of the 100th anniversary of Angel Island immigration Station, the Chinese Historical Society of New England is sponsoring an author talk with Erika Lee featuring her new book, Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America. This is a gripping portrait of the "Ellis Island of the West," highlighting the immigration stories that made Angel Island a place of heartbreak as well as hope. This new book will be released in September and is coauthored by Judy Yung. When: Fri Oct 1 11am – 12:30pm Where: Chinese Progressive Association, One Nassau Street, Boston.

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On view September 14, 2010 to January 9, 2011 Never before seen by the public, the contents of an Emperor’s private retreat deep within the Forbidden City will be revealed for the first time at the Peabody Essex Museum. An 18th-century compound in a hidden quadrant of the immense imperial complex, the Qianlong Garden (also known as the Tranquility and Longevity Palace Garden), is part of a decade-long, multimillion-dollar conservation initiative undertaken by the World Monuments Fund in partnership with the Palace Museum, Beijing. Ninety objects of ceremony and leisure — murals, paintings, wall coverings, furniture, architectural elements, jades and cloisonné — unveil the private realm of the Qianlong Emperor (r.1736-1796), one of history’s most influential figures. In his time, he was among the richest, most powerful men in the world. A connoisseur, scholar and devout Buddhist, he created a luxurious garden compound to serve throughout his retirement as a secluded place of contemplation, repose and entertainment.

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Can breast cancer be prevented?

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are things all women can do that might reduce their risk and help increase the odds that if cancer does occur, it is found at an early, more treatable stage. Lowering your risk: You can lower your risk of breast cancer by changing those risk factors that are under your control. If you limit alcohol use, exercise regularly, and stay at a healthy weight, you are decreasing your risk of getting breast cancer. Women who choose to breast-feed for at least several months may also reduce their breast cancer risk. Not using post-menopausal hormone therapy (PHT) can also help you avoid raising your risk. Finding breast cancer early: It is also important for women to follow the American Cancer Society's guidelines for finding breast cancer early. (See the section, "How is breast cancer found?") For women who are or may be at increased risk If you have a higher risk for breast cancer there may be some things you can do to reduce your chances of getting breast cancer. Before deciding which, if any, of these may be right for you, talk with your doctor. Genetic testing: There are tests that can tell if a woman has certain changed (mutated) genes linked to breast cancer. With this information, women can then take steps to

reduce their risk. Recently the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force made recommendations for genetic testing. They suggest that only women with a strong family history be evaluated for genetic testing for BRCA mutations. This group is only about 2% of adult women in the United States. If you are thinking about genetic testing, you should talk to a genetic counselor, nurse, or doctor qualified to explain the process and the results of these tests. It is very important that you know what genetic testing can and can't tell you, and to carefully weigh the benefits and risks of testing before these tests are done. Testing costs a lot and may not be covered by some health insurance plans. For more information, see our document, Genetic Testing: What You Need to Know. Breast cancer chemoprevention: Chemoprevention is the use of drugs to reduce the risk of cancer. Many drugs have been studied for use in lowering breast cancer risk. The drug Tamoxifen® has already been used for many years as a treatment for some types of breast cancer. Studies have shown that women at high risk for breast cancer are less likely to get the disease if they take tamoxifen. Another drug, Raloxifene®, has been approved to help reduce breast cancer risk in women past menopause who are at high risk for breast cancer. Other drugs (such as aromatase inhibitors) are also being studied.

To learn more about these drugs, please see the American Cancer Society document, Medicines to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk. Preventive surgery for women with very high breast cancer risk For the few women who are at a very high risk for breast cancer, preventive surgery such as double mastectomy may be an option. Preventive (prophylactic) double (bilateral) mastectomy: For some who are at very high risk for breast cancer, this surgery (a double mastectomy) may be an option. In this operation both breasts are removed before there is any known breast cancer. While this operation removes nearly all of the breast tissue, a small amount remains. This operation greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer, but the disease can still start in the breast tissue that is left. The reasons for having this type of surgery need to be very strong. There is no way to know ahead of time whether this surgery will benefit a particular woman. The American Cancer Society Board of Directors has stated that "only very strong clinical and/ or pathologic indications warrant doing this type of preventive operation." A second opinion is strongly recommended before making a decision to have this type of surgery. Preventive ovary removal (prophylactic oophorectomy): Women with a certain gene

change (BRCA mutation) who have their ovaries removed may reduce their risk of breast cancer by half or more. This is because taking out the ovaries removes the main sources of estrogen in the body. Although this document is not about ovarian cancer, it is important that women with this gene change also know that they also have a high risk of getting ovarian cancer. Most doctors recommend that these women have their ovaries removed after they are done having children. Information provided by the American Cancer Society

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September 10, 2010 Youth By Sandra Chen

Everyone loves animals. You could be a dog lover, cat lover, or even a ferret lover. Although some animals are fortunate enough to have a loving family, most aren’t. In reality, animals are usually abused, neglected, or overbred, and eventually make their way to the animal shelters, and if they’re unlucky, death. But even in animal shelters, some eventually die from euthanization. Animals go through so much abuse, ranging from rabbits and other small mammals in lab testing, dogs in fighting rings, and over breeding in puppy mills. Not much people notice it, but the consumer products that they are so used to purchasing could be the very thing that is causing the demise of many animals. Although law does not require scientists to release a number of animal deaths, people have estimated that 90% of those animals are rats and mice. In Britain, the law requires that any new drug must be tested on at least two different species of live mammals. Roughly 2,714,800 different animals were used in the UK in 2000. In most cases, they are euthanized shortly after being used in an experiment. For example, animal testing for cosmetics is done by placing the substance in the eyes of rabbits to evaluate the damage to sensitive eye tissues. Usually, the rabbits will scream, and/ or break their necks trying to escape the restraints. In the Lethal Dosage test, subjects are forced to ingest poisonous substances through various methods until half of them die. The best ways to help these

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Animal cruelty mistreated animals are to buy only the non-tested products and to inform companies of your firm stance on not buying animal tested products. Much awareness is raised about dog fighting. Different powerful breeds, such as bullmastiffs and presa canarios, while they are trained to be guard dogs, are sometimes misused for dog fighting. The most notorious fighting dogs are generically called it bulls. Pit bulls are fiercely loyal to humans, making them the perfect tool for dogfighters because no matter the scale of abuse inflict upon them, pit bulls will remain non-aggressive toward humans. Dogs are trained to develop ‘gameness’ through vigorous training, such as weights that weigh them down, treadmills, baits that they tear up, and drugs or supplements. When a dog loses, they are usually killed because they have lost money for the owner/betters, and sometimes, even the winning dog could die from wounds. Organizations such as The Humane Society of the United States have reduced largescaled dog fighting operations in recent years. When you want a dog, where do you usually go to? The answer is nearly always the pet store. Although it feels like you’re saving the dog, you’re actually funding a horrible cost; puppy mills. If you’ve never heard of it, puppy mills are basically places where animals, such as puppies are overbred in small cages to supply pet stores with animals. What’s so bad about puppy mills? The conditions are horrible, the cages are so cramped, they’re usually standing in their own excre-

tion, and they’re often bred until they can no longer produce. Unlicensed puppy mills usually sell the dogs at the age of 6 weeks old, when the usual age is 8 weeks old. They are cleaned to be rid of feces and odors they have accumulated in the small cages and put into whatever package is available. So, to help those dogs in puppy mills, the best way would be to just adopt a dog from animal shelters. That way, you kill two birds with one stone, you save a dog from death in shelters, and you can possibly run a pet store out of business, forcing them to stop funding puppy mills, which will eventually save the dogs. Animal awareness is just a simple plan to inform people about animals. All the cruel things done to them and all the harsh conditions they’re placed in. Animals, such as dogs, don’t deserve the pain they’re put through, especially not with their ability to love humans. Take pit bulls for an example; they are very loyal to their owners, even if that very owner has inflicted pain upon them. Or maybe consider the rabbits that go through the pain and agony for the cosmetics and products we buy. And if that isn’t enough, how about the dogs that are overbred in tight cages with minimum room, and maximum cagemates, only to have their puppies taken away from them, and rebred again? The list of animal cruelty goes on and on, and some are too gruesome to read, but it’s there, and it’s reality for a lot of animals. Donate, adopt, or even raise awareness. Your efforts aren’t futile. Be aware; save animals to the best of your ability.

Fifth Annual Films at the Gate maintains Chinatown tradition, builds community

Movie lovers from Chinatown and beyond enjoy “Children of Invention” by the Chinatown Gate on Sunday, August 29. (Photo by Alissa Greenberg)

By Alissa Greenberg

As a blistering day faded into evening last week, a group of film students sat in folding chairs eating takeout by the Chinatown gate. Nearby, a group of elderly women chatted in Cantonese, disrupted by yells from a raucous game of tag. It was the final night of Films at the Gate, the film series that brings Chinatown locals and kung fu film lovers together from across the city to celebrate and revitalize the area’s history of community through film. Beginning in cinema’s Depression era heyday, three movie theaters competed for the attention of Chinatown moviegoers: the Pagoda on Washington Street, Star Cinema on Essex, and China Cinema on Beach showed the newest Hong Kong action flicks, often to overpacked houses. Children played in the aisles, and neighbors gossiped in the lobby. After the rise of the VCR in the 1980s, however, this tradition died out. That is, until five years ago, when Leslie and Sam Davol of the nonprofit Boston Street Lab teamed up with Jean Lukitsh, a former Chinatown projectionist, and Jeremy Liu, then with the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC). Together they conceived of a film series that would revive the lost tradi-

tions, showing kung fu classics in a vacant lot near the Chinatown gate. The series grew by the year and has become a great success, drawing 200-300 viewers a night. This year’s iteration incorporated familiar elements and experiments alike. Thursday and Friday nights featured kung fu hits on the customary ‘lot’—1978 classic “Drunken Master,” with a young Jackie Chan and “Bodyguards and Assassins,” the 2009 action romp featuring famous Bostonian Donnie Yen. In contrast, Saturday’s animated classic “Havoc in Heaven” and Sunday’s “Children of Invention,” a 2009 English-language indie darling shot largely in Quincy and Chinatown, were shown at a new site on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and took the series in a different direction cinematically. This year’s series featured additional cultural performances before the films, including tai chi and kung fu performances by the Bow Sim Mark and Wah Lum Kung Fu associations and a lion dance by Gund Kwok, the only women’s lion and dragon dance troop in the US. Walking tours led by teens from AVOYCE, a youth offshoot of the ACDC, offered visitors a glimpse into the history and everyday culture of Chinatown. Lukitsh, who curates Films at the Gate, is optimistic about the reception of these changes. “[Sunday] night I was sitting near a group of older Chinese women, and I don’t think any of them spoke English. But they came to [“Children of Invention”], anyway. They got excited when they saw the scenery on 93 South, the bits in Chinatown and Downtown Crossing. They were really intent on the movie, although I’m not sure how much of the dialogue they understood. That part of the community will still come and see a movie and enjoy it, even if it’s not traditional Chinese entertainment. One third to one half of our audience is people

Organized by PEM in partnership with the Palace Museum, Beijing, and in cooperation with World Monuments Fund. The exhibition and national tour are made possible in part by generous support from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and American Express. Additional support has been provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, ECHO (Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations) and the East India Marine Associates (EIMA) of the Peabody Essex Museum. Screen (16 double-sided panels) (detail), from Building of Luminous Clouds (Yunguanglou). Zitan, lacquer, jade and gold paint. © Palace Museum.

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who live within a couple blocks.” For Lukitsh and her partners, Films at the Gate is more than just a few movies once a year. According to the organization’s website, the minds behind the series hope to “improve awareness of Boston’s Chinatown as a site of cultural activity” and strengthen Chinatown bonds by restoring “a tradition of shared, public experience of Chineselanguage films.” It’s working. “There are a lot of older people that seem to really enjoy doing something that’s right within walking distance and where they live. They can hang out with their friends, it’s all free, and they get to see great movies,” Lukitsh said.

The positive response is not limited to the elderly. AVOYCE tour guides Kelly Lee and Samantha Huang spoke in support of the series. “There’s not a lot of Asians in Stoughton [where I’m from], so coming here is crazy. It’s great,” said Lee, 16. Huang, 17, who lives in Chinatown, added, “I really think it’s helped build community. When I talk to other residents they all say, ‘Oh, we’re going to Films at the Gate tonight.’” Alissa Greenberg is a Sampan correspondent


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MBTAÊ2010/2011ÊServiceÊPlanÊOutreachÊMeetingsÊ The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority invites you to attend a public meeting and bring your ideas for short-range transit improvements to guide the 2010/2011 Service Plan. Information about the Service Plan can be found on the MBTA’s web site at http://www.mbta.com/serviceplan. Written comments should be sent to MBTA Service Planning Unit, 45 High Street, Boston, MA 02110, by e-mail to serviceplanning@mbta.com, or with an online form at www.mbta.com. Written comments will be accepted through Friday, October 15, 2010. Comments from the public will be considered equally whether they are received in writing or in person. The community workshops will consist of a brief presentation followed by an informal discussion with the public. Monday, September 20, 2010 Tuesday, September 21, 2010 Monday, September 27, 2010 Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Thursday, September 30, 2010 Monday, October 4, 2010 Wednesday, October 6, 2010 Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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Business

New Orleans-based Chinese furniture seller making a comeback after Katrina Five years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, small-business owners in the region are embracing the notion that good can come from devastation. Grateful that people all around the world are helping to rebuild and revive the region, one surviving company is reminding the world that New Orleans is open for business. Silk Road Collection, a New Orleans–based seller of antique Chinese furniture, lost most of its customer base when Hurricane Katrina shattered tourism in the region. They needed to find new sources of clients and revenue. Then Yahoo! Small Business sent a team of volunteers to the region to help Gulf Coast businesses get back on their feet. The team built 150 online stores for free in one day, including an online store for Silk Road Collection. Today, online sales account for 80 percent of overall sales for this Asian antiques company. “The anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is an ideal time to remind people that

New Orleans is back in business,” said Donald St. Pierre, co-owner of Silk Road Collection. “With the spotlight back on our beloved city, we want to remind the world that it can still support New Orleans in its revitalization by visiting us and by shopping with local online merchants.” Lessons learned

Even five years after Hurricane Katrina, Silk Road Collection will never forget the volunteers from Yahoo! Small Business who created its online store and helped put it back in business. “We are thankful to everyone who helped New Orleans over the last five years, so we want to share the business lessons we’ve learned since opening our online store,” said Robert Turner, co-owner of Silk Road Collection. Tips include: • Pursue your passion. Whether you’re starting a new business or looking to fine-tune your existing one, you’ll be more successful if you sell products and servic-

es you love. The enthusiasm will be contagious! • Seek trusted advisers and partners. From your website to your accounting services, seek the help of trusted brands and trusted advisers. • If you’re starting a new business, consider minimizing the startup costs. Online storefronts can cost as little as $40/month to start up. • Communicate with your customers. Make sure you capture e-mail and physical addresses, when possible, to enable you to develop long-term relationships with your customers. Should disaster strike, as it did for Silk Road, having e-mail addresses would still allow you to communicate with your customers, even if they moved, as did many residents after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their homes. • Make sure customers can find you. Today, having a website and being listed on local online sites is a must for businesses whose customers want to be able to research them online.

Learn more at smallbusiness. yahoo.com and SilkRoadCollec tion.com.

To submit an editorial, please e-mail news@sampan.org

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Interview with Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz

By Cody Yiu In November, 2008, Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz won the general election to represent the Second Suffolk District, which consists of Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, South End, Back Bay, Fenway, and a small portion of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roslindale. Chang-Díaz is once again. Now she is seeking second term. In the following interview, Senator ChangDíaz talks to the Sampan about what stood out in the past two years, and what lies ahead.

role of immigrant communities in our society. This is something that has made me so deeply proud to represent Chinatown.

Sampan: Describe some memorable moments on the job? Chang-Díaz: Wow! There are so many. As the legislative session has unfolded there really have been a lot of moments that are memorable. I’ll highlight a few that I have had specifically with the Asian-American community. First: the moment Bilingual ballots passed the Senate with the AsianAmerican Voting Rights Coalition members in the Senate chamber. The Sampan: How has your experiSenate President—who has been a ence been as a State Senator? great supporter of the bill—allowed Chang-Díaz: My experience as me to get up on the Senate rostrum the state senator for the past year and and recognize the Coalition members a half has been an extraordinary priv- after the vote had been tallied and anilege. To have it be my job to get to nounced. As I looked down at them wake up every morning and go fight and as the Senate cheered, I thought: for the things my community needs that was a moment I will never forget and the values we believe in is incred- as a Senator. ibly challenging, incredibly trying The day the Governor signed the work, but also deeply fulfilling work. legislation was a proud moment, as And it’s a challenge I still believe in. well. Getting to see Mr. Yee shake It has been an action packed 20 the Governor’s hand and receive one months. I have had the pleasure of of the pens that had been used to sign forging new relationships with dozthe bill was really fun. Also, that day ens of new colleagues in the Senate happened to be Governor Patrick’s and House of Representatives. I’ve birthday! So it was a special twist learned the ins and outs of being a that he was giving a gift, of sorts, to legislative committee chairwoman, as the community on his birthday. well as working on five other legislaVisiting the Josiah Quincy School tive committees. My staff team and I and “swearing in” a group of stuhave responded to over 8,000 constit- dents in a mock citizenship ceremony uent inquiries and requests, individu- after they had been studying imally and personally. I’ve attended migration also tops the list. And, of events and worked with constituents course, the New Year’s banquets! and coalition groups in all eleven of the neighborhoods I represent. After Sampan: What can be done to years of community organizing, we fi- help immigrants for jobs in MA? nally got CORI Reform and Bilingual Chang-Díaz: One of my top budBallots over the finish line! And we get priorities since coming into office were able to secure a significant fore- this year has been to fight for Adult closure protection bill this year that Basic Education programs in the budwill help protect thousands of famiget. These programs really give imlies from eviction from their homes migrants opportunities to gain Engand help keep our neighborhood fab- lish proficiency and other skills that ric intact. they need to access better employIt has been a whirlwind 20 months ment and better opportunities. These for sure. When I look back at what programs help with language barriwe have accomplished together, it ers, computer skills, and job skills to seems like it should have been three help make our immigrant populaor four years, not 20 months! tions successful in the job market. I know this has been a very difficult Sampan: What have you learned budget year for every program, but about Chinatown for the past two rest assured I will continue to fight years? hard for these programs. Chang-Díaz: I think the thing that stands out for me the most is Sampan: Going forward, what are the incredible tenacity that the Chimajor issues facing the Second Sufnatown residents and elders have folk District that you would like to shown over the years in fighting tackle? for bilingual ballots and full voting Chang-Díaz: There are so many rights. And the dignity they have here too. There are the effects of this embodied all the way through, even current economic downtime that as they have been denied rights— people are suffering—the job losses coming back again and again to and the cuts to core services and proknock on the door of democracy and grams in our community. So fighting insist that they wanted in. They’ve to restore those and build an ecoreally given the rest of our state a nomic recovery that benefits everyone lesson in what true citizenship looks is of course a top priority. And make like. This is something the Senate no mistake: that’s going to take a lot Chairman of the Election Law Comof work. Next year’s state budget demittee also remarked to me about, bate is likely to be even more difficult after meeting with and seeing the than this year’s, if that’s imaginable, Chinatown residents in action. And because the federal stimulus funds it’s a lesson our state and our country are going to run out. really need to see right now, as we go But there are also issues I want through such ugly debates about the to tackle that have long preceded

Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz speaking to an constituent. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz)

this recession. Improving our K-12 education system across the board; ensuring everyone has access to affordable, quality health care; affordable housing in the city; bringing a branch library back to Chinatown; reducing illegal guns and youth violence in our neighborhoods; continuing to fight for improvements in our elections system; promoting environmental justice, so that low-income neighborhoods and neighborhoods of color don’t continue to suffer disproportionate pollution and health impacts…You can see, the list is long! But that’s exactly why I hope voters will send me back to the legislature: because there is so much more work to get done. Sampan: What are your thoughts on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students in MA? Chang-Díaz: I am proud to be the lead sponsor of the in-state tuition bill in the Senate and I plan to refile this bill next legislative session (should voters be willing to send me back for a second term on September 14th!). This legislation will have such an enormous impact for many young people in our state who are already here, paying taxes, and who have been attending public schools for years. It’s about access to the American Dream, and it’s about strengthening our economy for everyone in Massachusetts by developing our workforce. That’s why the business community in the state generally supports it. My father came to this country as an immigrant—with $50 in his pocket and very little English. But because he had access to affordable public higher education after gradu-

ating from high school, he was able to go on to major success and years of economic and scientific contribution to this country. This issue is personal for me as well as good public policy. Everyone reading this article can count on me to be a leading voice on this issue until we make it law! Sampan: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? Chang-Díaz: I just want to thank everyone in the Asian-American community for their support and unbelievable advocacy this year. Since I took office in 2009, the AsianAmerican community has been such a strong, persistent voice at the State House and in our neighborhoods. I want to thank residents for giving me the charge I need to fight for their priorities on Beacon Hill. I also would like to note what a great partner Rep. Aaron Michelwitz has been in fighting for the needs of Chinatown with me up on Beacon Hill. The Chinatown community has a good representative in him. Finally, I want to ask the AsianAmerican community to continue to stay active through the fall elections. We are experiencing big challenges in our economy right now. Please make sure you make your voice heard and vote this fall. As a part of that, I really encourage everyone to vote “No” on ballot questions 1, 2, and 3 on this November. If these questions were to pass they would be extremely damaging for affordable housing in the state, and would decimate our ability to fund core public services, like schools, health care, and public safety.


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Former homeless, at-risk youth running for State Senate

Hassan Williams is running for the State Senate seat of the 2nd Suffolk District against incumbent candidate Sonia Chang-Diaz on the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, September 14. (Photo courtesy of Hassan Williams)

By Cody Yiu Hassan Williams is running for the State Senate seat of the 2nd Suffolk District against incumbent candidate Sonia Chang-Diaz on the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, September 14. This former at-risk youth from Roxbury shares with the Sampan why he wants to run for office. Sampan: Please tell our readers about yourself. Williams: My name is Hassan A. Williams and I am an educator, attorney and community advocate. As a child, I was a troubled youth. Born and raised in Roxbury, I resorted to hustling and fighting to survive. I attended Boston Latin School and graduated from Boston Technical High School (currently known as the John D. O’ Bryant School of Mathematics and Science). Despite those troubled years, I knew that education would be the key to my success. At the age of 20, my parents told me “It was time for me to make my own way.” Forced to move out, I was determined to be successful. For six years I tried my hand at different odd jobs and took classes at local community colleges. Many nights I found myself homeless, bouncing around from hallway to stairwell and from house to house. It was during this time that my Christian faith was established and tested. It was these life experiences that would spur me to something greater as I kept my eye on education being my pathway to success. At 26, I attended the prestigious Morehouse College, “the Harvard of the South,” paying my own way through school. By the time I was 30 years old, I had graduated with a Finance Degree and a 3.4 GPA. Multi-lingual, I studied Japanese at Reitaku University in Chiba, Japan and Mandarin Chinese at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. Upon graduation, I worked as a street sweeper, as I waited to take a job teaching Japanese at Boston Latin Academy High School. Teaching would be my way of giving back to the system that gave me so much. I went on to obtain a Law Degree from Boston College Law School. Never forgetting community, I offered pro bono legal services to help people who faced foreclosure and other legal woes. Most recently, I worked with the Haitian community, providing legal support in the aftermath of the earthquake. Sampan: What prompted you to run for the State Sen-

ate? Williams: I believe leadership is needed in the district. With unemployment as high as 27% in certain areas, foreclosures at an all time high, “expiring use” housing threatening to displace even more people, crime appears to be uncontrollably rising, and education in the Boston Public Schools is unequal across the system, I believe leadership and change are needed. That is why I am running. Sampan: What are the issues facing the 2nd Suffolk District and how are you hoping to address them? Williams: I believe the most pressing issues facing the 2nd Suffolk District are Jobs/Economic Development, Education, Public Safety, and Housing. For Jobs/ Economic Development, I believe if we create trade schools that train our students in the areas of Health Care, Green Economy, and Bio Sciences with a goal to license students in these growth areas, our students will be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities presented in these arenas. One way to do this quickly would be to convert underperforming schools that are targeted to be closed and changing them to trade schools. Also, adult residents can be trained in these areas as well after school hours end, creating trade school community centers. Next, I wish to write legislation that removes all external security grates from the outside of businesses across the state. These security grates are found mostly in communities of color and depress the value of the properties and businesses in the areas. Removing the external security grates will have the effect of raising the residential property values across the state, drive more visitor friendly commercial areas in the 2nd Suffolk district which drives traffic flow to these businesses, removes the negative psychological effect on the residents by removing blight and replacing it with attractiveness. It will also create more drive in business owners to maintain the upkeep of the outside of their businesses creating a cleaner more user friendly appeal. Lastly, business owners that find a strict need to maintain security grates will be required to have them installed inside of the windows and doors of the businesses to maintain the external attractiveness of the business and commercial district. Education: I believe our public school system needs to be equally funded and educationally balanced in the 2nd Suffolk District. We need to increase support systems for autistic children, children with special needs and English Language Learners. The funding for the school system needs to be fully funded thus finding alternate funding for Charter Schools. While I support charter schools and choice, I believe that the creation of charter schools should not hinder funding and resource efforts of public schools. Public Safety: I believe that community policing and visibility are critical to problem solving on our streets. I want to increase police walking patrols. I wish to increase funding for youth programs throughout the district. I also wish to bring male and female mentoring programs together to advocate for funding as a collective group and not as separate entities. I believe a cooperative approach is better to get public funding than a competitive approach. Housing: I believe that more affordable housing is needed in most areas throughout the city. Our city is

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fast becoming a have or have not city with our current policies. More and more, long-term residents are being forced to move out of our city due to shortages of affordable housing. I support home health care for seniors and wish to cap property taxes for seniors who owned their homes for more than fifteen years and are sixty-five years old or older. Sampan: What are your thoughts on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students in MA? Williams: I believe that all students who fully attend (all four years) and graduate from public schools should be eligible to attend public institutions of higher learning at in state tuition rates. Sampan: What can be done to help immigrants acquire jobs in MA? Williams: I believe that eligible immigrants should have access to jobs the same as any citizen has access. Immigrants should be entitled to receive training on Green Economy, Bio Science, and Health Care related fields through the adult training programs at any newly created trade school. Sampan: How do you plan to reach out to the AsianAmerican voters in the District? Williams: The ability to communicate is exceptionally important. Having attended school in Beijing to learn Mandarin Chinese, I plan to learn Cantonese also to better communicate with all residents whether they speak English or not. By doing this, my ability to address issues that are presented by residents will be greatly improved. I plan to attend local events and forums to address the needs of the citizens across the district including Chinatown. At least once a year, I will have a Town Hall meeting in Chinatown where residents can meet me and directly convey their concerns. Sampan: Affordable housing has been a long-standing issue in Chinatown. How do you plan to address it? Williams: As stated earlier, I believe that more affordable housing is needed to maintain long-term residents’ ability to continue living in this city. My plan would be to target city and state owned vacant land in Chinatown to build affordable housing. I will look to convert blighted and unused buildings in Chinatown into affordable housing. Additionally, I will protect those whose tenancy is being jeopardized under the “expiring use” category by writing legislation to extend the lease on the properties.

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$299,000 Newly constructed in 02'.Immaculate contemporary, 2 bed, 2 bath condominium with wonderful amenities. Fully applianced granite kitchen with breakfast bar, in unit laundry, central air, fireplace, balcony and deeded parking. Handicap accessible. Private storage area. Fabulous location on the Newton/Brookline line and close to D.T. Pet friendly building. Possibility of purchasing a 2nd deeded parking space. SELLER WILL PAY FIRST YEARS' MAINTENANCE FEE.

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Financed by US Dept. of HUD Rent Subsidized You must be income eligible. One Bedroom, One Bath units: • Spacious layout • Step-saving kitchen • Some w/patio or balcony • Lovely courtyard • Lush Landscaping • On-site parking • For Independent living Applications will be available starting @ 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8th The Rental Office Hours 10 am – 3 pm 114 Emerson Road Longmeadow, MA 01106 (413) 567-0601 TDD 1-800-545-1833, Ext. 142

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