October 26, 1997 |
During his five years at Drexel University, Jiang Mianheng wanted nothing more than to be the average cash-poor and intellect-rich graduate student. He attended classes, conducted research, and lived with his wife and son in a spartan West Philadelphia apartment supported mostly by an $800-a-month teaching assistant's stipend. But from the very beginning of his studies, Jiang was much more. He was a symbol of China's growing openness and increased interest in the West - a symbol of his country's future and its troubles.
February 4, 1986
I write in regard to the closing of the New Eastern Warehouse because of health violations. As a Chinese American, I applaud the action of federal Food and Drug Administration officials to ensure quality of supplies to local restaurants. However, the statement "the warehouse was a major supplier of Chinese restaurants in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware" is misleading. The report had such an impact on all Chinese restaurants that many respectable establishments that have other suppliers are seriously threatened.
November 4, 2001 |
Dozens of non-Asian parents of Chinese American children turned out for the Main Line Chinese Festival at Radnor High School yesterday. Jerry Skillings and his wife, Abby Spector, had come from their Bala Cynwyd home with their daughter, Anna, 4 1/2. The couple, who are both 48, adopted Anna when she was a year old in Jiangxi province. They were at the festival for the same reason that they bring Anna to the high school for regular Saturday classes in her native language and traditions.
October 11, 2012 |
Ann Boccuti says that when people look at her, a young Chinese woman, they assume she might not speak English. It happens even on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she's a 19-year-old sophomore. "I'm treated as an immigrant," she said in an interview. Boccuti, of Lansdale, spent the first 17 months of her life in a Nanchang orphanage before being adopted by a white couple and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs. She is unique. And one among thousands.
April 6, 2001 |
The head of an organization of leading Chinese Americans yesterday asked for calm while officials resolve this week's collision of a Chinese fighter with a U.S. spy plane. "There is no reason why we should not let level heads prevail. . . . We should just be patient," said Henry S. Tang, chairman of the Committee of 100, a New York-based group of U.S. citizens of Chinese descent that tries to foster better relations between the two countries. Tang said that many in the media and the public were reading too much into Sunday's incident involving the Chinese and a U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries II reconnaissance plane.
February 25, 1994 |
Filmed before this year's Oscar-nominated The Wedding Banquet and released now in the wake of its success, Ang Lee's Pushing Hands is a less deftly balanced exploration of many of the same cross-cultural themes that made The Wedding Banquet such a satisfying treat. Lee's first feature, shot in 1991 and recipient of several Asian-American Film Festival awards, is the story of an old tai chi master who leaves Beijing and comes to a New York suburb to live with his son and his son's American wife.
June 9, 1992 |
During the Los Angeles riots Asian-Americans across the country found themselves in a media spotlight that most probably found unpleasant. This was hardly new. Beginning with the flood of articles during the '80s on the "model minority," in which Asian-Americans were reported to resent preferential treatment given to black and Hispanic students, and continuing to the TV images of Korean-American storekeepers waving pistols at looters in Los...
November 22, 1997 |
Let me tell you what more and more young people are discovering every day in this country: Socially engineered "diversity" sucks. No, I am not talking about the organically grown diversity of American life - the voluntary kind that in my own family has led to loving marriages between people of all races and ethnicities, including Filipino, Russian, Korean, black, Scottish, Irish, Chinese and Italian. I am talking about the so-called diversity manufactured by government - the look-like-America-or-else variety that is enforced by race-obsessed civil servants who shuffle human beings around as recklessly as their endless piles of paperwork.
November 3, 1999 |
When Dale Ching first set eyes on this large island in San Francisco Bay, he was 16, he spoke no English, and he had just spent 22 days traveling on a crowded ship from China. He thought he was heading to the place people called Gum San, a "gold mountain" of riches and fortunes to be made. He thought he'd soon see the American-born father he had only glimpsed a few times in his life. Instead, he was locked up. For the next 3 1/2 months, he would live here at the Angel Island Immigration Station, the first stop for nearly every Chinese immigrant entering America from 1910 to 1940.
January 24, 2010 |
Did we really need to rediscover our inner chow mein? I didn't think so. After all, who ever thought we'd see that bland bomb of Americanized-ethnic cooking in a new restaurant - it's so mid-20th century. But just when I thought we'd arrived in a new era of sophistication in our approach to international flavors, embracing authenticity instead of hosing it down, along comes the unfortunately named Chew Man Chu, Marty Grims' campy purple wok-bar in Symphony House. This pan-Asian eatery not only distances itself from the apparently intimidating flavors of nearby Chinatown (" very ethnic . . . hard to understand for part of the Caucasian market," Grims has been told)