THE ONLY ASIAN AMERICAN IN THE ROOM 9/22/2014 By: Kenny Sui-Fung Yim Have you ever been the only Asian American in a room or around a dinner table? I have, a lot of times; it happens when you grow up in a rural town and attend a predominately white college. I’ve learned to flip the… Continue reading Boston Asian American Film Festival
By Kenny Yim 2015/05/08 (click date for original article, including translation in Chinese) Bring a strong head and soft heart when you read Luong Ung-Lai’s “The Freedom…Cage.” Although the production costs for the book were low, Lai’s story of deep personal loss is not just about economic loss. This book is mostly set during the… Continue reading Book review: ‘The Freedom…Cage’ by Luong Ung-Lai
By Kenny Yim 2015/04/17 (click date for original article, including translation in Chinese) Tolstoy begins “Anna Karenina” with “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Fast forward 100 years to the humble origins of an immigrant Chinese family in Boston, and you’ll be in the territory of “Transoceanic Lights,”… Continue reading Book review: ‘Transoceanic Lights’ by S. Li
By Kenny Yim 2015/01/23 (click date for original article, including translation in Chinese) As you read Ha Jin’s latest novel, “A Map of Betrayal” (Pantheon Books), you’ll find yourself divided between two main characters. Deciding which one you will identify with — the Chinese father Gary Shang or daughter Lilian Shang — is one of… Continue reading Book review: ‘A Map of Betrayal’ by Ha Jin
By Kenny Yim 2014/08/08 (click date for original article) Celeste Ng’s novel, “Everything I Never Told You,” is a brisk timely tale of racial conflict and filial expectations. Though heavy themes, she has a light and sure-footed touch, a masterful talent for plotting that makes the pages turn. And as in all good stories, the characters… Continue reading Book review: Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You
In the time you read this article, chances are an American man will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. With 189,000 new cases annually, it is the most common internal cancer in American men, and second only to lung cancer among malignant causes of death. The death rate peaked in 1992 and has been falling. Age is… Continue reading What is prostate cancer?
Everyone has seen a child, maybe their own child, crying or throwing a tantrum in public. Instead of stewing in annoyance, here are 10 practical tips for handling such situations, offered by Mindy Law, an early childhood teacher at Buds and Blossoms. 1. When a child is crying on the bus: “You just can’t say,… Continue reading 10 tips for disciplining children in public