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The
only
bilingual
Chinese-English
Newspaper
in
New
England
The
only
bilingual
Chinese-English
Newspaper
in
New
England
The
only
bilingual
Chinese-English
Newspaper
in
New
England
The
only
bilingual
Chinese-English
Newspaper
in
New
England
The
only
bilingual
Chinese-English
Newspaper
in
New
England
The
only
bilingual
Chinese-English
Newspaper
in
New
England
The
only
bilingual
Chinese-English
Newspaper
in
New
England
全紐英倫區唯一的中英雙語雙週報
全紐英倫區唯一的中英雙語雙週報
全紐英倫區唯一的中英雙語雙週報
全紐英倫區唯一的中英雙語雙週報
全紐英倫區唯一的中英雙語雙週報
全紐英倫區唯一的中英雙語雙週報
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2013年3月22日
4月4日
2014年12月19日
- 2015年1月8日
2012年9月14日
--9月27日
2012年1月6日~
1月20日
2012年1月6日~
1月20日
March
22
4, 2013
December
19,
2014
- 7,
January
January
25- -6April
2013
January
6February
January
20,
20128, 2015
January
-- January
20,
2012
Hong
LokHow
House
todiversity
house
Community
leaders
celebrate
A
Culture
of
Employee
Appreciation
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of
Employee
Appreciation
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found
moreLuther
Chinese
seniors
at Martin
luncheon
Adcotron
EMS,
Inc.King
Adcotron
EMS,
Inc.
my
dream
home
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LING-MEIWONG
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BY
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Photoby
byAgnes
AgnesYoung
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employeesofofAdcotron
AdcotronEMS,
EMS,Inc.
Inc.
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not difficult
difficult to
to understand
understand the
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employee
ItIt isis not
cheerful feeling
feeling one
one gets
gets when
when enen- turning
turningto
togreet
greether
heras
asshe
shemade
madeher
her
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The Cape Cod African Drum and Dance Group performed at the MLK luncheon on Jan. 11.
teringthrough
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theglass
glassdoors
doorsof
ofAdAd- way
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around explaining
explaining the
the intricaintricatering
Photo by Ling-Mei Wong.
cotronEMS,
EMS,Inc.
Inc.Not
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ciesof
ofeach
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andstation.
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Civil
rights
leader
Martin
Luther
King
Vietnamese
and
Cambodians,
the
poverty
ronment
spotless
the
pearly
white
ronment
spotless
the
pearly
white
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visible
all around
around
the
35,000
Adcotron,
premier
Electronics
walls
all
Adcotron,
aa premier
was
honored
with poems,
dancesthe
and35,000
live rate
is 30 percent.
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like Electronics
these
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nities.)
square
foot
lot
thecompany
company
occupies
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service
square
foot
lot
the
occupies
Contract
Manufacturing
service
music
at
the
26th
memorial
luncheon
Jan.
all
of
us.
We’re
all
in
this
fight
together.”
Hong Lok House may look old on preserved and be replaced by the new inin
South
Boston’s Marine
Marine Industrial
Industrial (EMS)
(EMS)
provider
that
specializes
in
Boston’s
provider
specializes
in
11
theSouth
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Gloria
Fox ofthat
the 7th
Suffolk disbuilding.
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outside,
but that’sStatehouse.
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Park
but
in
a
supremely
organized
manufacturing
low
to
medium
volPark
but
in
a
supremely
organized
manufacturing
low
to
medium
volpublic
officials
attended
the trict “What’s
recognized
Boston Councilor
important
is being at-large
able to
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different
exteriors,
a new
manner,
highly-automated
equipume
complex
electronic
assemblies
highly-automated
equipume
electronic
assemblies
luncheon,
including
black,ceilings,
Latino wood
and Felix
Arroyo
for attending.
also
urged
live
in complex
Chinatown
whereShe
the
services
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building
with
high
ment place
place components
components on
on boards
boards and
and systems
systems integration
integration for
for aa broad
broad
ment
are,” to
said
Anne
Morton
Smith,
vice
presfloors
and large windows
overlooks
Es- Wing
Asian
representatives.
join
the
black
and
Latino
caucus.
with precision
precision and
and efficiency.
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range of
of industries
industries including
including medimediwith
ident
of
development
and
community
sex“IStreet.
love
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diversity
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this
room.
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Brother
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have
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Asian
ever, neither
neither the
the sophisticated
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to public
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nication in
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energy, sits
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chinery
nor
the
nication
and
elder-service
nonprofit
developer
that
restaurants
and
luxury
condos,
Hong
Lok
Scottare
King
wanted,”
said Leverett
Wing, tives,
nine ofRedevelopment
us are black and AuthorLatino,”
are
the
true reason
reason
of Adcotron’s
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in aand
a Boston
Boston
Redevelopment
Authorthe
true
of
in
developed
theare
new
Hong Lok
House and
House
is exclusively
for affordable
hous- Fox
vice
chair
of the
AsianChief
Amerisaid. “We
a mighty
posse.”
success,
asGovernor’s
the company’s
company’s
Chief ExEx- ity-owned
ity-owned
building
along
Boston’s
success,
as
the
building
along
Boston’s
ing. A total of 74 units, including studios manages the building. “The number of
ecutive Officer
Officer
and President
President
Agnes
beautiful
waterfront
district
and
can Commission
and and
associate
director
of
Fox encouraged
attendees
to and
live
ecutive
Agnes
beautiful
waterfront
district
dialects
spoken
at workshop
Tufts Medical
Center
and
one-bedroom
will
rent
Miss
Feng found
her apartments,
dream
home,
thanks
to a first-time
homeowner
attended
Young
would
suggest.
Patrolling,
boasts
astory
storyfew,
few,ififany,
any,she
businesses
Young
would
suggest.
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boasts
a
businesses
the
Division
of
Community
Services
for
King’s
legacy.
by (Image
the nurses
andofdoctors
is significant.
for
lessAsian
than $500 a month
on average.
at the
Development
Corporation.
courtesy
Asian Community
pushingCommunity
buttons,
checking
compoaroundbeen
canclaim.
claim.
pushing
buttons,
checking
compoaround
can
the
Department
of Housing
and Commudetained,” FoxHong
said. Lok
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food and transportation
Amenities
include
a senior center
open to The“I’ve
Development
Corporation.)
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turning
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peering
through
nents,
dials,
through
nity
Development.
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you
are
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jail
but
I
was
chained
to
a
bench
the community, a rooftop garden, taichi residents need are all right here in this
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the
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or African
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are
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paid
my
dues
the ’60s
deckHello!
and
in-unit
emergency
call 2013
buttons.
am
Feng.
In May
my community.”
the
workshop.
housing
ity,clad
cladIin
in
blue,
anti-static
overcoats
company,
Adcotron
got its
itscounselors
start in
in
ity,
blue,
anti-static
overcoats
company,
Adcotron
got
start
Redeveloping
Hong
Lok
House
cost
The
original
Hong
House King
used with
offriend
the
great
dream
Dr. Martin
Luther
a big afro
to fulfill
Martin
Luther
me
anLok
affordable
housat2005.
ACDC
helped
me Dr.
through
each
step
aretold
thetrue
trueabout
success:
theemployees.
employees.
2005.
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Advanced
Electronics,
are
the
success:
the
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Advanced
Electronics,
aa
nearly
$33
million,
with
23 sources
of
to
the Normandy
Lounge,
which was
had.”
of peace.”
ingbeprogram
in Boston’s
Chinatown.
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ofcompany
thevision
home-buying
process.
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company
that
hadbeen
been
around
since
that
had
around
since
and privateI funds.
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waiting
bought
by the
the Asian
Greater
Boston
Chinese
Wing
the
first
Chinese
American
to public
I went
Community
DevelI 1978
had questions,
calldoors
them
or
“Ourtoisemployees
employees
aremore
more
important
1978
decided to
to would
close its
its
doors
in
“Our
are
important
decided
close
in
list
is
seven
to
eight
years
long
due to
Golden
Age
Center.
It
opened
in
1981
speak
at the
luncheon.said
When
he was
an regintributes
than
anything,”
said
Young,
who
her-Artistic
October
of2005,
2005,Young,
Young,
who
ledthe
the
opment
Corporation
(ACDC)
and
schedule
appointments
to see
them.
than
anything,”
Young,
who
herOctober
of
who
led
according
Moy. Community
Phase two’s
withat28
units
of affordable
for
tern
the
Statehouse,
the
onlyhousing
person
of demand,
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fromteam
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Boston
self
wore
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overcoat
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of
self
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anti-static
overcoat
management
in
all
of
istered
for
their
CHOP
program’s
FirstIn November,
moved into
wait list is closed until the end of 2013.
low-income elders.
during
a
tour
of
the
facility.
Young’s
the
assets
from
Advanced
Electroncolor
was
Sen.
Bill
Owens.
There
were
no
Leadership
Academy
sang
“Lift
Every
during
a
tour
of
the
facility.
Young’s
the
assets
from
Advanced
Electrontime
Homeowner
Workshop
in October
“Before,
it was
a terrible
place,” new house that I love so much. I know it
connection
with officials
her
employees
ics, Inc.,
Inc.,
formed
Adcotron
EMS,
connection
with
her
employees
isis sounds
ics,
formed
Adcotron
Inc.
elected
Asian
American
and
Wing
and
“Ain’t
Gonna
LetitNobody
2013.
The
workshop
is
very
useful
and
unbelievable,
but
isEMS,
true.Turn
IInc.
am
said Ruth Moy, executive director
of Voice”
covers
the
basics
about
making
an
offer
very
grateful
for
Lee
Lin
and
May
Lui
was
the
only
staffer
who
was
Asian
AmeriMe
Around.”
the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age
CONTINUED
ONPAGE
PAGE
CONTINUED
ON
55
on a home,
mortgage,
insurance,
at ACDC.
I encourage
you
to
can.
Thework
Cape
Cod
African
Drum
and
Center.
“Building
Honghome
Lok House
re- who
house
inspection
most importantly,
speak Group
with them
if you
areinbuying
your
Wing
became
anand
advocate
for greater Dance
led the
crowd
a rousing
ally
brought
up the
neighborhood.”
information
about
finding
affordable
first home
or need
to learnPoet
moreTeisha
about
representation
and
equal
access.
“The
povwith live
percussion.
The 39 current
residents
will
move
to dance
Through
up- Brown
buyingread
a home.
I am
certain
youexample
will find
ahousing.
newly
section
ofmonthly
Hong
Lok
erty
ratescompleted
for AsianACDC’s
Americans,
African
a poem
about
King’s
dates, Iinfound
aHispanics
house
in along
the
The and
your
dream
house,
like Iatdid,
and
fulfill
House
aand
few
weeks,
with than
four
The
rebuilt
Hong
Lok
Essex
Street,
Americans
are suburbs.
higher
his
effect
on
her House
life.
home-buying
process
went
smoothly
your
dream
of
owning
a
nice
home.
formerly
homeless
individuals.
The
origwhich
kept
original
façades
in
front
of
a
new
the general population,” he said. “For subsince
I
learned
a
lot
of
information
from
inal
wood
building
will
have
its
façade
steel
building.
(Image
by
Ling-Mei
Wong.)
groups in the Asian community, such as
SEE DIVERSITY ON PAGE 3
Home
英文成人基礎教育項目的重要性
華美成人教育項目
房地產特刊
|buying
Adcotron
EMS,
Inc Issue
Adcotron
EMS,
Inc
黃秋虹報導
迎來二十週年慶
儘管連邦承諾在英文學習以
尊重員工價值
黃靈美報導
決定是否出售房屋時需要
及成人基礎教育上投資贊助,但
是研究顯示很多項目只能為少數
考慮的10件事
不難理解當一個人進入Adcotron
EMS公司玻璃大門時所獲得的
不難理解當一個人進入Adcotron
EMS公司玻璃大門時所獲得的
的移民提供此類服務。
StatePoint撰稿
那種振奮之情。不僅環境一塵不染--公司在南波士頓海洋工業園
那種振奮之情。不僅環境一塵不染--公司在南波士頓海洋工業園
麻州州長派屈克在其FY2014
提案中提出向州立公民項目分配
所佔的35,000平方英尺中珍珠白的牆壁到處可見──而且以一個高
所佔的35,000平方英尺中珍珠白的牆壁到處可見──而且以一個高
資助100萬美金, 同比增長321%
度組織的方式呈現,複雜程度不同的芯片製造機與相映的組件與主
度組織的方式呈現,複雜程度不同的芯片製造機與相映的組件與主
。
板合併
。但是據公司的CEO幾主席Agnes
Young介紹,Adcotron
板合併
。但是據公司的CEO幾主席Agnes
Young介紹,Adcotron
州長
派屈克在近期出席一
個媒體討論會中說道:「麻州,
成功的真正秘訣並不在于高技術機械或者生產衍生的綜合產品,而
成功的真正秘訣並不在于高技術機械或者生產衍生的綜合產品,而
就好像美國這個國家一樣,是因
在於穿著藍色防靜電外套的員工們:他們在公司隨處可見,有的負
在於穿著藍色防靜電外套的員工們:他們在公司隨處可見,有的負
為這些來自五湖四海的朋友才變
責控制按鈕,有的負責檢查組件,有的負責轉動錶盤,有的通過顯
責控制按鈕,有的負責檢查組件,有的負責轉動錶盤,有的通過顯
得更加富足美好。這些移民為我
微鏡觀察整套設備。
微鏡觀察整套設備。
們的國家和社會做出了很大的貢
獻。
他們使我們更加富強,壯
“我的員工們比任何事都重要。”Young介紹說。
“我的員工們比任何事都重要。”Young介紹說。
大。因此如何對待這些移民將會
圖片由(c) Befa -ThinkStock.com提供。
州長派屈克。圖片由州長辦事處提供。
(詳文請見反面中文第一版)
(詳文請見反面中文第一版)
決定我們的將來。」
隨著經濟不斷加強,您可能
新的屋頂可以耗資5千美元至3萬
(左到右)何思遠、凌日文、高理查(華美福利會『下一步』教育總監)、
的確, 新移民的未來由他 業,50%的學生直接入學公共大
在想是否是繼續住在現在的房屋
美元或更多。大規模的房屋問題
Suzanne
Speciale(麻州初等和中等教育部)和Tam
Pham在『下一步 』的二十
們的英文程度決定。根據波士頓
學。但是項目中僅有一小部份的
週年慶。圖片有黃靈美提供。
還是在合適的時機賣掉它。
可能會減低房屋的市場價值,但
基 金 會 的 調 查 報 告 顯 示 , 在 麻 學生在成人基礎教育。
既然有很多事情需要被理清
相對的,許多找房子的人喜歡可
華
美 福 利 會 『 下 一 步 過 渡 的老師。(舢舨由華美福利會出
州,一個會說流利英語的移民平
但是人數容量的問題也暫緩
楚, Homes.com 的專家整理出一
以自己訂制理想房屋的機會。
英語培訓項目』在1月17日迎來
均年收入是$38,526
。而一個 版。)
了成人教育計劃的前進。波士頓
份詳細的考慮因素綜述:
二十週年慶。『下一步』項目新
何思遠說:「Richard是我
英
語 不 太 好 的 移 民 年 收 入 僅 是 基金會的調查表明,平均每個計
競爭
舊學員聚在一起分享他們在美國
在
美國
的第一個老師,他是一
$14,221 。
劃後補名單上有接近10,000人。
大小
做自己的研究。網上工具,
的經歷,老師們為他們的成就慶
調 查 還 發 現 大 波 士 頓 地 區 名出色的教育者—耐心、熱情和
有的時候名單上面的人需要等兩
如果您家太小,相對而言加 友善…你不僅教我英語語言,並
比如Homes.com的房屋價值網
賀。
236,933名英語能力有限的移民
年才能被選上接受教育。還有很
大整修的費用太高,搬家可能是
站,可以幫助決定您房屋的價
『下一步』是第一個為成人
幫我找到自信。回首二十年前,
中,少於5%的人參加政府資助的
多移民不想申請或者根本不知道
Chinese New
New Year
Year
Issue
Chinese
Issue
一個更經濟,更少壓力的選擇。
值。然後,和一個房地產專家合
英語學者開設的過度英語項目,
我的美國夢是從華美福利會開始
小學,中學教育。
這些資源的存在。
根據小
Remodeling.com
,依據項目
作January
來
決 定 一20th,
個有競
爭力的價格
Coming
Out
on
January
20th,
2012!
isis 教
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Walsh visits Quincy School for
Computer Science Education Week
By Ling-Mei Wong
Margaret Marshall (left) received the We are Boston Leadership Award from Alejandra St. Guillen on Dec. 8. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)
Walsh rings in ninth
‘We are Boston’ gala
By Ling-Mei Wong
Josiah Quincy Elementary School Principal Simon Ho (left) shows Mayor Marty Walsh programming work done by students in the school media lab. The visit was part of Computer Science Education Week, which ran from Dec. 8 to Dec. 14. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh visited
the Josiah Quincy Elementary School
for Computer Science Education Week
on Dec. 10 . Public officials were invited
to observe students learning about computer science from Dec. 8 to Dec. 14.
Walsh observed fifth graders working
on online programming courses offered
by the Khan Academy. The Chinatown
school participates in the Hour of Code,
exposing children to computer programming for an hour each day. This includes
coding for apps and games, along with
drawing lessons in JavaScript.
“What they’re doing is so important,
as today everything is about computers,”
Walsh said. “These young people are so
far ahead of us.”
Walsh also visited second graders and
enjoyed a string performance from one
of the Quincy School’s five orchestras.
At the end of the visit, students received
“I love computer science” buttons.
More information on the Hour of Code
can be found at www.code.org.
Chinatown welcomes Santa and
Mayor Walsh to Christmas tree lighting
Mayor Marty Walsh had an enchanted trolley tour stop to light the Christmas tree in Chinatown on Dec. 5. Santa and his helpers passed out gifts to neighborhood children, including
Tao Cen (center). (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)
Chinese American Citizens Alliance
recharters Boston lodge
The Chinese American Citizens Alliance had a charter and inauguration ceremony on Dec. 13
at Tufts Medical Center, followed by an inaugural gala at Hei La Moon. President Esther Lee
and her husband Wilson Lee hold the Boston lodge’s flag on Dec. 3. (Image courtesy of LingMei Wong.)
The ninth We are Boston Gala took
place Dec. 8 at the Boston Convention
and Exhibition Center. Nearly 700 people attended the event celebrating Boston’s diversity, immigrant heritage and
contribution.
Mayor Marty Walsh hosted the gala,
attending for the first time as mayor.
“Everyone in Boston has a story of survival. I’m proud of the fact I’m the son of
Irish immigrants,” he said.
Margaret Marshall, former chief justice of the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court,
received the We are Boston Leadership
Award. Marshall was born in South Africa, led anti-apartheid efforts as a student and came to the United States for
law school in 1968.
“My absorption into the United States
was demanding and exhausting,” Marshall said. “I would not have developed
my career anywhere else besides this
city.”
Walsh named Alejandra St. Guillen di-
rector of the Office of New Bostonians.
Under her direction, the first Citizenship
Day took place at Boston City Hall in
September.
Goodwin Procter received the Community Contribution Award for 200
hours of free legal advice to 185 individuals seeking to become U.S. citizens on
Citizenship Day.
Rafael Baez received the Youth Action
Award. Baez is an 18-year-old student
from the Dominican Republic, who has
volunteered in Boston Center for Youth
and Families programs since he was 12.
Boston held a Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals Day to assist students in pursuing education and launched
an Immigrant Integration and Empowerment Initiative. The City Council passed
the Trust Act on August 20, with local
police no longer participating in a federal program to turn undocumented individuals to Immigration and Customs
Enforcement officers.
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Event Calendar
Free health care service
Every Tuesday
6 to 8 p.m.
First Church in Malden
184 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
The Sharewood Project
offers free, unscheduled
health care to the medically underserved populations of the greater Boston
area. For more information please call (781)
324-8991 or e-mail [email protected]
com.
The Dream Project
Saturday, Dec. 20
8 p.m.
185 Green Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
“The Dream Project,”
features the choreography of Chun­jou Tsai. The
performance visualizes
a Buddhist poem using
traditional Chinese long­
sleeved dance with improvisational modern dance
technique. Admission is
$15 for adults and $12
for children and seniors.
Tickets are available at
http://goo.gl/GfkYcb.
Free naturalization
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1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
87 Tyler Street, 5F
Boston, MA 02111
The
Naturalization
Workshop provides instructions on filing naturalization applications for
legal permanent residents.
Low-income and qualified
applicants may be eligible
to get their application
fees waived. Please register with Melody Tsang
at (617) 426-9492 x 0 or
[email protected]
org.
Chinatown Safety
Committee meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 7
10:30 a.m.
821 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02116
The Chinatown Safety
Committee meeting will
take place at the DoubleTree Hotel. The public is
welcome to attend.
Chinatown Resident
Association meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 7
6:30 p.m.
885 Washington Street
Boston MA 02111
The Chinatown Resident Association meeting
will take place at the Josiah Quincy Elementary
School cafeteria. The public is welcome to attend.
Free life insurance
signup
Friday, Jan. 9
38 Ash Street
Boston, MA 02111
Boston
Chinatown
Neighborhood
Center
(BCNC) is working with
MassMutual to introduce
MassMutual’s LifeBridge
program to qualified lowincome parents of children
under 18. LifeBridge is
a free, 10-year life insurance program that plans
for your children’s education: in case of death,
LifeBridge uses the death
benefit of $50,000 to cover your children’s educational expenses. If you
are interested in applying,
please visit BCNC to fill
out an eligibility form by
Jan. 9. For further details,
contact Shirley Doan at
(617) 635-5129 x 1088 or
[email protected]
TransformASIANS
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
1199 SEIU
150 Mt. Vernon Street
Dorchester, MA 02125
The
TransformASIANS: Controlling and
Preventing Diabetes conference will be hosted by
Asian Women for Health
and the American Diabetes Association. Registration is $15 for community members, $30 for
professionals and free for
students, seniors and volunteers. To register, please
visit http://2015diabetes.
eventbrite.com.
Tax preparation
workshop
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
38 Oak Street,
Boston, MA 02111
A workshop on tax
saving tips and financial
management will take
place at the Metropolitan community room. To
register, please call (617)
482-2380 x 208, x 212
or email [email protected]
org.
Citizenship program
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
Jan. 12 to April 2, 2015
2 to 4 p.m.
1 Milk Street, 4F
Boston, MA 02109
The International Institute of Boston will offer a
12-week citizenship program for free. For more
information, contact Katrina at (617) 695-9990 x
178 or [email protected]
org.
Clean Up Chinatown
Committee meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 13
10 a.m.
87 Tyler Street
Boston, MA 02111
The Clean Up Chinatown Committee meeting will take place at the
Asian American Civic Association, 5F. The public
is welcome to attend.
Chinatown/South Cove
Neighborhood
Committee meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 20
6 p.m.
90 Tyler Street
Boston, MA 02111
The Chinatown/South
Cove
Neighborhood
Committee meeting will
take place at the Chinese
Consolidated Benevolent
Association. The public is
welcome to attend.
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Sampan NEWS
December 19, 2014
Tufts Institutional Biosafety
Committee reviews safety
at public meeting
By Ling-Mei Wong
The South Cove/Chinatown Neighborhood Council met on Dec. 15 at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)
Chinatown December meeting
roundup: CUCC, TCC, CNC
By Ling-Mei Wong
Cheleste Thorpe spoke at the Tufts Institutional Biosafety Committee meeting on Dec. 10 at
150 Harrison Avenue. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)
The Tufts Institutional Biosafety
Committee (IBC) met on Dec. 10 at 150
Harrison Avenue for a community meeting. IBC is a joint committee for Tufts
University and Tufts Medical Center, a
teaching facility for Tufts University’s
School of Medicine.
The committee must approve research
projects conducted at Tufts facilities
for the next three years. the committee
include experts and community members from Chinatown and the Medford
campus. All members have equal voting
rights. No new research projects were
discussed at the Dec. 10 meeting.
“If someone proposes a research project, we review whether it’s safe,” said
Cheleste Thorpe, associate professor of
medicine at Tufts University. “We have
a large number of projects on the (Medford) campus and the bulk of our work
is there.”
Tufts University houses a biosafety
level 3 (BSL-3) lab at the medical school
in Chinatown, one of 11 such labs in Boston. BSL-3 labs study infectious diseases
which are curable, while BSL-4 labs
work with incurable infectious agents.
Tufts stated it would not pursue a BSL-4
lab. The Chinatown BSL-3 lab will begin
tuberculosis research in January 2015.
The Boston Public Health Commission approved the lab in June and inspects it annually, said Julien Farland,
director of biological safety at the Community Initiatives Bureau of the Boston
Public Health Commission.
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Three community organizations in
Chinatown met in December for their
monthly meetings.
Clean Up Chinatown Committee
The Clean Up Chinatown Committee met on Dec. 9 at the Asian American
Civic Association.
Committee members discussed the
effectiveness of the Block by Block
program, which covered six blocks on
proper trash disposal and street cleaning.
Leo Boucher, assistant commissioner
for Boston’s Inspectional Services Department, said he would schedule more
Block by Block programs for business
owners and residents living on Tyler,
Harvard and Hudson streets and revisit
all previous blocks to check on compliance.
People who leave food out for birds
and cats will be subject to fines, as feeding feral animals is a sanitary code violation. The leftover food ultimately feed
rats.
Public Works Department liaison
Frank O’Brien will install more street
barrels in locations designated by the
committee.
Volunteers from Project Place manually sweep streets Monday, Wednesday
and Friday for more than two hours.
O’Brien will supplement with city cleaners on days and locations not covered by
Project Place.
The committee is asking for a meeting with Boston Police Department Capt.
Ken Fong of District A-1 to fine people
for littering. They will also discuss with
police about issuing tickets and towing
cars illegally parked during no-parking
times, so street sweepers can sweep.
The Chinatown Coalition
The Chinatown Coalition met on Dec.
11 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
A presentation on potential Silver
Line improvements was given by Eric
Bourassa of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The upgrade would expand public transit, but would reduce the
number of parking spaces along the Silver Line’s routes.
The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy will renew its lease with the
Massachusetts Department of Transportation, as the Greenway is on top of
the I-93 tunnel. This new lease will give
the Greenway $50,000 a year for capital
repairs, along with 13 new sites for the
Conservancy to maintain. Most of the 13
sites are crossing islands or medians, but
one of them is the Mary Soo Hoo Park
next to the Greenway.
“It’s one of highest used areas in this
area and on the new Greenway,” said
Michael Nichols, community affairs and
strategic projects manager for the Conservancy. “We don’t want to disrupt its
uses, but we hope the quality of park
matches the rest of Chinatown Park and
the Greenway.”
South Cove/Chinatown Neighborhood
Council
The South Cove/Chinatown Neighborhood Council met Dec. 15 at the Chinese
Consolidated Benevolent Association.
The 2014 election took place Nov. 30,
with no contested races. Elections take
place each year, with council members
serving two-year terms.
Man Ho Chan and Paul Lee were reelected as the two organization representatives. Ruth Moy and Richard Chin
were reelected as the two agency representatives. Bill Moy was reelected in the
other category representative, while the
business representatives were Patty Moy
and Ricky Chan.
Its next meeting will take place on Jan.
20, rather than the third Monday, which
will be Martin Luther King Day.
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Sampan news
December 19, 2014
Chinatown crime blotter
for Dec. 6 to 19
By the Boston Police Department
All reports are submitted by the Boston Police Department. The time period
is from Dec. 6 to 19, for District A-1,
which includes Chinatown.
To report a crime or suspicious activity, call 911. Interpreters are available for
Chinese speakers.
Boston City Council President Bill Linehan named James Chan his chief of staff on Dec. 9.
(Image courtesy of the Office of Bill Linehan.)
Boston Council President Linehan
appoints James Chan chief of staff
By the Office of Bill Linehan
Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan
named James Chan his chief of staff on
Dec. 9. Chan has worked for Linehan
since he took office in 2007, most recently as chief neighborhood liaison for
Downtown, Chinatown, Bay Village and
the South End.
In his new position, Chan will take
on a larger role in advising Linehan on
policy issues. He will also handle Licensing Board matters for the office,
giving him an opportunity to help shape
the neighborhood he represents. With a
background in hospitality and business
management, Chan is a great fit for a
neighborhood and district that is daily
welcoming more and more new businesses.
Chan grew up in the South End, so
he is well positioned to understand both
the needs of long-term residents and the
needs of newcomers. Chan said, “I am
excited about the prospect of taking on a
larger role in shaping District 2.”
Linehan said, “James was a natural choice for chief of staff: He’s very
smart, is a life-long resident of the district with a good grasp of the opportunities and challenges we face, and he has
the experience to get things done.”
Trespassing
Dec. 6, 5:49 p.m.: The three suspects
were arrested on Avenue De LaFayette
for trespassing. They were in an area
where a “No Trespassing” sign was
clearly posted.
Breaking and entering
Dec. 8, 1 a.m.: The officer responded
to Knapp Street on a report of a breaking and entering. Upon arrival, the officer met and spoke with the victim. She
stated an unknown person broke into her
apartment while she was sleeping and removed several items.
Drugs
Dec. 11, 1 a.m.: The suspect was arrested on Washington Street on a drug
offense.
Possession of a deadly weapon
Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m.: The officers responded to Essex and Washington streets
on a report of a group of males fighting.
Upon arrival, the officers observed the
suspect walking down the street swing
a metal pipe aimlessly. After speaking
with several witnesses, the suspect was
placed under arrest and transported to the
district.
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Sampan HOUSING
December 19, 2014
Factors that impact a home’s value
By StatePoint
It may seem like the size of your home
is the be-all and end-all of your home’s
value. But there are many other factors
that come into play when determining
the listing price of a particular home.
A new report offers some insights. The
Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report,
the most extensive home price comparison tool currently available in the country, ranks the average listing price of
four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes in
nearly 2,000 markets across the country.
Analyzing more than 51,000 similarsized listings, it addresses how much a
home in one market would cost if the
same home were located somewhere else
in the United States.
For example, the report reveals that
for the price of the average home in Los
Altos, California, you could purchase 30
similar-sized homes in Cleveland, Ohio,
nine homes in Charlotte, North Carolina,
eight homes in Chicago, Illinois, five
homes in Miami, Florida or two homes
in Seattle, Washington.
But why are there such discrepancies?
“It’s amazing how much location impacts a home’s value,” said Coldwell
Banker real estate consumer specialist
Image courtesy of Coldwell Banker Real Estate.
Jessica Edwards. “Typically, urban markets are more expensive, while suburban
and rural areas tend to be more affordable. However, many factors contribute
to the average price of a home, such as
commute time or proximity to the waterfront. The Home Listing Report is a
helpful reference, so you can gauge how
your area compares to other parts of the
country.”
Local industry plays a role as well. In
the case of Los Altos, which is ranked as
the most expensive market in America,
the continued success of many tech companies contributes to the boom.
This information can be useful, whether you’re planning to put your property
on the market or you’re looking to relocate. For example, if you are scoping out
a neighborhood where home prices are
on the verge of increasing, area features
to look out for include cultural institutions — such as art galleries and performance spaces — as well as such factors
as unique architecture and proximity to
mass transit and other trendy areas.
Edwards also recommended doing
some quantitative research, including
talking to your realtor about how fast
properties are selling in your area and
whether business owners are investing in
the neighborhood.
“Buying or selling a home is a huge
emotional and financial decision,” said
Edwards. “By doing your homework beforehand, you will be able to take some
of the uncertainty out of the process.”
Remember, while this information is
useful for homeowners and prospective
home buyers, it’s by no means a replacement for a professional real estate agent
who understands local conditions.
For more details about the report, or
to see how your area stacks up, visit hlr.
coldwellbanker.com.
For many people, a home is their biggest investment and largest asset. Be savvy and stay informed about the ins and
outs of its value.
Ten things to consider when deciding
whether to sell your home
By StatePoint
Small holes in your home’s walls can be filled in with spackle. (Image courtesy of StatePoint.)
Image courtesy of (c) Befa -ThinkStock.com.
As the economy continues to strengthen, you may wonder whether to stay in
your current home or sell while the timing seems perfect.
Since there are many things to sort
out, the experts at Homes.com have put
together a comprehensive overview of
things to consider:
• Size: If your home is too small, moving may be a more affordable, less stressful option than additions, which can be
costly and overwhelming. You can expect to recoup anywhere from 45 to 75
percent in additional home appreciation,
depending on the project, according to
Remodeling.com. However, the return
on investment is not always immediate,
which is something to consider if you’re
planning to sell immediately.
• Renovations: If the necessary renovations to stay in your current home seem
overwhelming, it may be time to move.
For example, a new roof can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000 or more,
according to Choice Roofing Group.
Large-scale home issues may decrease
a home’s market value, but conversely,
many home-seekers love the opportunity
to customize their dream home.
• Competition: Do your research. Online tools such as Homes.com’s Home
Values Channel can help determine your
home’s worth. Then, work with a real
estate professional to determine a competitive price point, and let the bidding
begin.
• Lifestyle change: Just as growing
families need more room, a shrinking
family might mean it’s time to downsize.
Retired and looking to travel? Downsizing can free disposable income for a
world adventure.
• Demand: As demand picks up,
builders are ready to keep up, and that
means brand new homes at varying,
competitive prices. Consider selling to
take advantage of increased demand and
tightening supply.
• Equity: Year-over-year home equity
growth reached 8 percent at the end of
2013, as reported by the Homes.com Local Market Index. If you love your current place, continue enjoying your home
and reap the benefits of increased equity
when the time comes to sell.
• Local economy: If you live in a
growing town, it may be wise to stay put.
Watch the local economy grow for a year
or two and then decide if it’s a good decision to relocate.
• Updates: Home updates are an opportunity to add value to a home and
make it feel brand new.
• Location: Consider your neighbors,
school zone, proximity to work and daily
life activities. Are you happy where you
are?
• Availability: Keep an eye on the market by signing up for free email alerts on
Homes.com; receive notifications when
new homes meeting your specific criteria become available. Take your time and
wait for the perfect home.
Deciding whether to stay or sell is
an important decision that shouldn’t be
made lightly. Weigh all of the options to
determine what’s best before taking action.
Five quick fixes for big
improvements around your home
By StatePoint
When it comes to home improvement,
you don’t need to do a complete overhaul
to make a big impact. A “less is more”
approach may serve you better, say experts.
“Sometimes quick fixes are the ones
you need most,” said Lou Manfredini,
host of “HouseSmarts TV” and home
improvement contributor on NBC’s
“The Today Show.”
According to Manfredini, there are
five small projects you can do yourself
that can make a huge difference in your
home:
• Clean the disposal: Your kitchen
sink and disposal work hard, but sometimes they can stink. Every few months,
eliminate odor and freshen things up by
pouring half a cup of general purpose
disinfectant cleaner down the drain.
Using a small nylon pipe cleaning
brush or clean toilet brush, reach in between the sink drain assembly and scrub
the sidewalls of the pipe below it, paying
special attention to the underside of the
rubber flap on the disposal.
• Patch in a snap: Unsightly holes in
walls can ruin the look of a room. Luckily, patching those holes doesn’t have to
be time-intensive.
For holes smaller than a dime, apply
wall spackle with a putty knife. For larger holes, you may need to use a self-stick
metal patch to cover it, and then apply
spackle to smooth it out.
• Peace and quiet: Plagued by squeaky
wood flooring? Try pouring baby powder
over the noisy area. Then, wrap a block
of wood in a dish rag and tap the boards
down with a hammer to drive the powder between the tongue and groove of the
flooring and tighten the nails holding it
in place.
“It may not work in all instances but
I’ve had great success with this process,”
said Manfredini.
• Accent with paint: To update a room
without investing much time or money,
paint one wall an accent color. Half of all
paint sold in the United States is white,
so why not add bold color to your home
like blue, red or even tangerine?
Prep by lightly sanding the entire surface. Patch any holes and then paint using a paint and primer in one. Two coats
will give you the depth of color you want
and should take only an afternoon.
• Light it up: To save money and help
the environment, switch to LED light
bulbs. With all the improvements in color, they can now mimic the warm lighting associated with incandescent bulbs,
using two-thirds less electricity.
You don’t have to spend lots of time
or money to spruce up your home this
spring. Small projects can go a long way
towards making it look great.
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Sampan HEALTH
December 19, 2014
What is liver cancer?
By Kathleen Coleman and Kendra Demakis
Leah Wu (left) and Zhong Ruan, a social worker, at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. Wu’s son has autism and found help at the center. (Image courtesy of
Ling-Mei Wong.)
Family Connector
helps parents find resources
By Ling-Mei Wong
Leah Wu was heartbroken when doctors said her son had autism.
“I couldn’t accept it,” Wu said, whose
son was 2 when diagnosed. “You really
can’t understand this until you experience it.”
She was referred to the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC),
where she found a supportive group of
parents. Together with social worker
Zhong Ruan, Wu navigated resources for
her son’s health, education and support.
“In the beginning, I would meet with
Zhong and cry every time,” Wu said.
“We don’t know what autism is. We
didn’t know anything, we don’t know
how to teach children with autism.”
Today, Wu’s son is 5 and attending
kindergarten at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School. Wu fought for her son
to be in an integrated classroom, made
up of five students with special needs
and 10 children without development
delays. Her son was almost moved to a
special education class, but Wu had observed two such classes and did not have
a good impression.
“In an integrated class, the autistic
children can learn by seeing the other
children model good behaviors,” Wu
said. She received help from BCNC’s
Family Connector program, which en-
abled her to understand her son’s development and find an integrated class that
was the best match for her son’s needs.
The Family Connector program is part
of BCNC’s family-centered approach.
The center believes individuals come
from families, which make up a community. It is important to service the entire
family. Family connectors empower the
entire family, especially parents, with
knowledge and skills to support their
children and youth’s growth and teaches
them strategies to cope with stresses. The
program is funded through Tufts Medical Center’s Asian Health Initiative.
Clients are referred to Family Connector from BCNC’s programs internally or
community externally. The social workers offer support with education for the
client’s children, along with short-term
counseling and services. All BCNC clients and people in community are eligible for Family Connector services.
“Each program in BCNC provides
great and high quality services for different populations and Family Connector connects all the dots together to better serve the entire family,” said Wenjun
Zhai, Family Services manager. “We
can be connected to each program and
support each person as a family, both in
BCNC and the community.”
Alcohol use puts individuals at risk for liver cancer. (Image courtesy of Flickr user
Aviva West.)
What is liver cancer?
• Tumors or lesions that occur in the
liver
• Also known as hepatocellular carcinoma
• 250,000 to 1 million people worldwide die each year from liver cancer
complications.
What puts you at risk for liver cancer?
• Being of Asian American or Pacific
Islander ethnicity: Asian Americans and
Pacific Islanders have the highest rate of
liver cancer in the United States.
• A hepatitis B virus infection, even if
you are on hepatitis B medicine
• A hepatitis C virus infection
• Hereditary hemochromatosis/iron
overload disease
• Cirrhosis of the liver
• Smoking and alcohol use
• Obesity
• Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
• Diabetes mellitus
• Male gender
How are patients screened for liver
cancer?
• Patients with higher risk (for example hepatitis B patients) are screened
every six months with ultrasounds and
alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) blood tests that
can help look for cancer in the liver.
What is treatment for liver cancer?
• Liver cancer is treated best if caught
early. Early detection relies on early
screening, especially for people at higher
risk.
• Treatment includes surgery, ablation/chemoembolization that uses a special catheter in radiology to kill tumor
cells and stop the blood supply to the
tumor.
• Alternative treatment includes therapy with a drug called Sorafenib.
How can I prevent liver cancer?
• Hepatitis B immunization
• Screenings for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C viruses
• Daily exercise
• Balanced diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fish and lean, white meat
• Limited alcohol use
• Abstinence from smoking
• Annual physical exams
Where can I go to get screened and for
treatment?
You can make an appointment to visit the Center for Liver Disease at Tufts
Medical Center by calling (617) 6365883, or visiting us at:
Division of Gastroenterology
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
About the authors
Kathleen Coleman is a nurse practitioner in the gastroenterology department at Tufts Medical Center. Kendra
Demakis is a registered nurse and school
nurse practitioner at the MGH Institute
of Health Professions.
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December 19, 2014
Eight strategies to prevent and manage diabetes
By Ka Hei Karen Lau
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes
is increasing worldwide. In the United
States alone, 25.8 million individuals
are affected by the disease, with an additional 80 million adults and children diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Some of the
risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include a family history of diabetes,
inactivity, obesity and being of a certain
ethnicity. In fact, Asian Americans are
twice more likely to develop diabetes
than non-Hispanic whites. According to
a study conducted in New York City in
2004, one out of two adults of Asian descent had diabetes or were at risk.
Despite the alarming increase in type 2
diabetes cases, there is good news. Type
2 diabetes is preventable and manageable. In his new book, “The Diabetes Reset,” Dr. George King shares eight strategies that can help you and your loved one
prevent or manage diabetes.
1. Follow the traditional Asian diet:
Cut the fat intake in half and double
the fiber intake.
The Asian American Diabetes Initiative at Joslin Diabetes Center completed
a clinical trial that showed how a traditional Asian diet helped participants who
were at risk of developing diabetes to
lose weight and increase their sensitivity
to insulin, an important hormone that is
responsible for lowering the blood sugar.
Different from a typical Western diet, the
traditional Asian diet is higher in fiber
(15 grams of fiber for each 1,000 calories you consume) and lower in fat (15
percent of the calories you need). This
diet also encourages you to have more
plant-based protein rather than protein
that comes from animals.
2. Reduce your body weight by 5 to 7
percent.
A prominent national clinical study,
the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
study has shown that for those who are
overweight, reducing their body weight
by just 5 to 7 percent will help delay and
even prevent the development of diabetes. In this study, overweight is defined
as having a body mass index (BMI) at 25
or above. This BMI cut-off is applicable
to most people; studies have shown,
however, that Asian Americans are at
risk of developing diabetes and other
chronic diseases at an even lower body
weight. Therefore, the BMI cut-off for
the room as dark as possible) and seeking medical help are some of the ways to
help you get a better night’s sleep.
7. Reduce stress and manage your
mental health.
Acute and chronic stress, depression
and anxiety have all been found to increase insulin resistance. It is important
to identify your stress factors and then
adopt strategies to help cope with your
stress, such as meditation or seeking social support.
Physical activity reduces your body weight and increases muscle, which both prevent diabetes. (Image courtesy of Flickr user Moyan Brenn.)
overweight is around 23 to 24. Ask your
health care provider about your weight
and BMI during your next medical visit.
3. Increase your muscles’ glucose-absorbing ability through aerobic exercises and strength training.
Muscles are responsible for consuming glucose in the body as well as increasing sensitivity to insulin. Building
muscles also helps you burn more calories, which will help in your weight loss
plan. Conducting moderately intensive
exercises, such as brisk walking or biking for 150 minutes each week, is important in the prevention of diabetes. If you
do not have a regular exercise plan, you
can start by gradually increasing your
number of daily steps by 500 steps for
every two weeks. In general, it is important to exercise at least three times per
week.
4. Activate your brown fat.
Not all kinds of body fat are bad!
There is a particular kind of fat, “brown
fat,” that is beneficial to the body. Found
in small amounts in the body, brown fat
is mainly activated by cold temperatures,
though there are other triggers. Once
activated, it can burn as much as several hundred calories a day. You can try
lowering the thermostat of your home to
the mid-60s range to help stimulate some
brown fat activity in your body.
5. Become an inflammation fighter.
Inflammation is an important defense
and regeneration system in our body,
which is essential for good health. The
inflammatory process is usually rapid;
however, when exposed to inciting
agents for an extended period of time, the
Dealing with urges to smoke
By the American Heart Association
As an ex-smoker, you’ll have urges to
smoke. Sometimes the urges are physical, as if your body needs a cigarette. At
other times, they’ll be mental — feeling
like you deserve a cigarette. Sometimes
you may want to smoke out of habit.
Physical urges
As a smoker, you became addicted to
the nicotine in cigarettes. Nicotine can
create good feelings that make you want
to smoke more. But it also creates bad
feelings when you try to cut back. Physical urges are one way your body tells you
it wants nicotine. This “craving” for nicotine is part of the withdrawal process,
along with symptoms such as headaches
and feeling tired or lightheaded. These
symptoms go away after one or two
weeks, but the urges may keep coming
for a while. As time passes, you’ll have
fewer physical urges to smoke.
Mental urges
Did you used to reach for a cigarette
when you were nervous? Or to help you
relax? Or as a reward? If so, you may
still want a cigarette at those times.
Habit
Smoking is a habit you can change.
You learned to use cigarettes to feel
“normal.” Now you must retrain yourself. In time, you’ll feel normal without
cigarettes.
• Identify triggers. Think about times
when you want a cigarette.
• Select coping skills. How will you
cope with each of your trigger situations?
• Put your plan into action. Review the
plan, practice and be ready to act when
you feel an urge to smoke.
Put your plan into action
• Do you need to stock up on anything such as gum, hard candies, healthy
snacks, books, videos or projects?
• Is there anyone you want to talk with
about your plans?
process will become chronic. Ongoing
chronic inflammation can have a damaging effect by contributing to insulin resistance, a condition in which your body
becomes less sensitive to insulin. Being
overweight is one of the causes of this
chronic, low-grade inflammation. Losing
weight, quitting smoking and consuming
foods that have anti-inflammatory effects
(e.g. many fruits and vegetables, and
some spices) are helpful in preventing
chronic inflammation.
6. Get seven to eight hours of quality
sleep every night.
There is growing evidence that lack
of sufficient sleep will increase insulin
resistance. The average hours of sleep
that city people get have been declining
in recent years. Some people might also
have poor-quality sleep due to various
medical conditions such as sleep apnea.
Building a sleep-friendly environment in
your bedroom (e.g. avoiding bright light
stimulation from television or computer
monitors before bedtime and keeping
8. Boost your own natural antioxidants.
Oxidative stress can increase insulin
insensitivity and can even damage the
beta cells in the pancreas that produce
insulin. Antioxidants can be found in
phytonutrients that are present in different plant-based foods. Adopting the traditional Asian diet, which promotes high
plant-based protein intake and therefore
more phytonutrients-rich vegetables,
will help you to increase the level of antioxidants in your body.
If you are interested in trying out some
of the traditional Asian diet recipes, finding out ways to incorporate exercise into
your daily life or looking for more information on diabetes management, visit
www.aadi.joslin.org (available in English and Chinese).
About the author
Ka Hei Karen Lau is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator in
the Asian Clinic at Joslin Diabetes Center.
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Dedicated
to the health
needs of
Boston’s
Asian
community.
致力於波士
頓亞裔社區的
健康需求 .
Haiyun Gong, MD
Floating Hospital for Children
We’ve made it even easier for you to get the answers you need
about your unique medical needs. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.
我們讓你更容易獲得針對你獨一無二的醫療需求的答案。全天24小時。每週7天。
Find the doctor that is right for you. Our
easy-to-follow Asian Physician Directory
introduces you to the many doctors and
specialists who can provide the culturallyappropriate care you deserve.
找到適合你的醫師。我們提供易
閱讀的亞裔醫師指南向你介紹許
多醫師和專家,他們可以為你提
供你希望文化上得體的照顧。
www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org/asiancommunity
Call 617-636-8833 to schedule an appointment
in Chinese. Call 617-636-5331 to talk with a
Chinese-speaking interpreter who will be
happy to assist you.
撥打617-636-8833可預約一次中文的診
療撥打617-636-5331,可與一位非常願
意幫助你的中文翻譯者進行交談。
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