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Monday, February 29, 2016

麻州华裔民代点将录 年轻女性从政兴趣大

在美华人一向政治冷感,无论是参选或投票都不积极,以至华人尽管移居美国已逾百年,传承不下四、五代,但从政者迄今凤毛麟角,麻州地区加起来仅10人上下。
麻州华人公开支持政客的也一直不多,最知名的是1930年代在倍投方案图片顿出生的广东台山移民後代,陈毓璇,陈毓礼两兄弟。
陈氏兄弟藉着当年名为华珍,那时他们自己经营,现名龙凤的酒楼,经常为政客办筹款会,在华裔社区拜票,奠定他们俨然倍投方案图片顿华埠地下市长的影响力。
陈毓璇的主要影响力,来自当年担任麻州参议会议长的威廉鲍杰,陈毓礼的主要影响力则来自他和倍投方案图片顿市任期最长,逾20年的市长万宁路(Tom Menino),以及延伸到後来的前任麻州州长派屈克(Deval Patrick),现任州长查理贝克(Charlie Baker),现任倍投方案图片顿市长马丁华殊(Martin Walsh的友谊
来自中国大陆华人移民,近年增加极为迅速,使麻州华裔人口数在2014年的美国人口统计调查中已上升到141,655,占总人口的3.39%,但碍於美国移民法的配额制度,以及华人本身的过客心态,许多华人即使来美已十几,廿,甚至三十年,仍然顶多只有绿卡,还没拿公民身份,或未登记成为选民,以致无权投票,也难以在政治上产生影响力。
麻州本地的华人参政,早在1985年就有司徒其安(Kai Shang)当选过亚特柏罗(Attleboro)市市长,但过去这30年来,参政华人仍屈指可数,包括90年代起先後当选牛顿市市议员的马惠美,谈继欣,2007年当选费奇堡(Fitchburg)市长的黄素芬(Lisa Wong),2009年 当选麻州众议员的黄子安,陈德基,曾参选麻州副州长,当选连任剑桥市议员已四届的张礼能。
在人口规模较小的城镇中,有李波当选为勒星顿镇委员,伍甘澍当选为康可镇镇议员,王卫东当选为房屋委员,萧广松参选过。文华则是在牛顿市参选过宪章委员会委员。
然後直到2014年,才有吴弭当选为倍投方案图片顿不分区市议员,2016年有梁秀婷当选为昆士市不分区市议员。
2016年时,吴弭再度缔造历史,当选为倍投方案图片顿市有史以来的首名华裔、亚裔市议会议长。
综观历年来的华裔麻州民代,人们可发现几个有趣现象,其一是女性当选成功率高,其二是年龄越来越轻。黄素芬,吴弭都是年仅28岁时首度当选,刚当选的梁秀婷更是才26岁,其三是不再竞选连任的都是女性。
谈继欣数年前卸任,没竞选连任。黄素芬当了四任市长後,去年中也宣布不再连任。
三名男性民代,麻州众议员黄子安,陈德基都已宣布今年(2016)继续竞选连任。剑桥市市议员张礼能已於去年底顺利连任。
去年,缅因州也有一名混血华裔陈乐(Ben Chin)参选路易斯顿市市长,十一月大选时得票最高,却因得票率未超过半数,最後在依照市府规定办理的二选一复选中,不幸落败。
今年跳进选战中的华人,还有刻正参选麻州参议员的黄子瑜(Diana Hwang)。根据麻州政府规定,年满30才能竞选州参议员。
邻州参选华人有甫於2月26日宣布竞选连任,曾参选果罗德岛州副州长的克兰斯顿市市长冯伟杰,以及在宾州参选国会众议员,年仅24岁的李林笛。(更新版)

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES TEEN TECH WEEK

BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES TEEN TECH WEEK
Programs take place at six locations throughout the system

http://api.ning.com/files/88iYmLuVXsrBhYsMpV8qKoELXCwkSDQZk1ytVnQoiddU6Qy3*jab2Hk2rApraKf2Be3DygQBo52qdPRLt7ljEQVxRy4oiUyX/150916TTW16logo.jpgBOSTON – February 29, 2016 – Boston Public Library celebrates Teen Tech Week March 6-12, an annual national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association. Six neighborhood locations in the Boston Public Library system, including the recently renovated Teen Central at the Central Library, have events planned with the theme “Create it at your library.” Through these programs, learning is extended beyond the classroom and teens have a space in which they can explore, create, and share content, and learn to be competent and ethical users of digital media.
“Teen Tech Week is a great opportunity for our young residents across the city to participate in free programs that will advance their skills in using modern technology,” said Mayor Walsh. “I encourage all of our teenage learners to participate in these programs that will help them expand their knowledge of digital media and technology, and gain a competitive advantage that will help them achieve their future goals.”
“Boston Public Library joins libraries across the nation in supporting the digital literacy needs of teens everywhere,” said Boston Public Library Interim President David Leonard. “Boston teens across the city have a variety of programs to choose from and can further their education and skill development in a safe learning environment.”
”Teen Tech Week is a prime opportunity for teens across the city to have a hands-on experience with technology and hone their skills; teens participating in technology programs at Boston Public Library locations will help support their college and 21st century career needs,” said Farouqua Abuzeit, Manager of Youth Services.
Programs offered March 6-12 include music making through code, building robot hardware, blogging, and coding with Minecraft in conjunction with the Rhode Island Computer Museum. The six Boston Public Library locations participating in Teen Tech Week are: Dudley, East Boston, Grove Hall, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Teen Central, Central Library in Copley Square. The complete schedule of events for Teen Tech Week and beyond can be found by searching for “Teen Tech Week” in the Boston Public Library calendar, which is available via?www.bpl.org/calendar.

Minuteman Lands $500,000 Competitive State Grant to Help Launch New Career and Technical Program

Minuteman Lands $500,000 Competitive State Grant
to Help Launch New Career and Technical Program

LEXINGTON – With the help of a $500,000 state grant, Minuteman High School will launch a new Advanced Manufacturing & Metal Fabrication program to train high school students and adults for high-wage, high-demand jobs in the field of advanced manufacturing in the MetroWest region.?

The competitive grant was announced by Governor Charles D. Baker during ceremonies at the State House on February 24.? The Governor announced grants totaling $9.3 million from the new Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program.? He was joined at the event by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker II, Education Secretary James Peyser, and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.

Some 68 schools and training programs applied for grants.? Only 35 were successful.

“This is terrific news for our school and for our region,” said Dr. Edward A. Bouquillon, Superintendent at Minuteman High School.? “We are grateful to Governor Baker and his Workforce Skills Cabinet for making this investment in high-quality vocational-technical education.”

Minuteman received $500,000, the largest grant possible under the program.? Only one other school received the maximum award.

With the grant, Minuteman will purchase 10 industry-standard machines and 15 ancillary training simulators.? The equipment will include five Mini Mills, four CNC Tool Room Lathes, and one CNC Lathe with Y Axis.???

The equipment will help Minuteman serve vocational high school students, academic high school students, unemployed and underemployed adults, and incumbent workers seeking to earn industry credentials.

"Securing this highly-competitive state grant helps reduce costs to local taxpayers,” said Dr. Bouquillon.? “Minuteman will continue to aggressively pursue opportunities like this one to get grants.”?

Instruction will be delivered at Minuteman High School by Chapter 74 state-licensed teachers and will follow state curriculum frameworks and guidelines from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).? The new program will be guided by a Program Advisory Committee of business, education and community leaders that will review curriculum, equipment, instruction, and industry trends.

Dr. Bouquillon noted that nine companies or agencies wrote letters supporting Minuteman’s grant application.? These include the Boston Tooling & Machining Association, Inc.; Vaccon Vacuum Products; Mach Machine, Inc.; Lexington Public Schools; Wentworth Institute of Technology College of Professional and Continuing Education; Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce; North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board; Metro North Regional Employment Board; and the Minuteman Futures Foundation, Inc.

Several business people and educators have already agreed to serve on the Program Advisory Committee for the new program.

According to Michelle Roche, Director of Career and Technical Education at Minuteman, the school will be ordering and installing equipment and designing the new program over the next several months.? The school is hoping to have initial course offerings in the fall.

Minuteman officials are currently planning a new 628-student high school consisting of two Career Academies supporting a total of 16 high-quality career and technical education programs.? Advanced Manufacturing will be part of the new school’s Engineering, Construction and Trades Academy.

Minuteman is an award-winning regional high school that integrates robust academic and career & technical learning to deliver a revolutionary competitive advantage. The school serves a diverse student body with multiple learning styles, expanding opportunities for college and career success.


As an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), Minuteman challenges all students to aspire to their full potential, accelerate their learning, and achieve success in the 21st-century global community.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

吴弭接连缔造历史 掀麻州讲普通话华人参政意识

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???????????? (Boston Orange周菊子报导)数十名麻州郊区华人,228日下午汇聚在倍投方案图片顿市圣詹姆士街的忍者快车餐厅(Samurai Express),支持倍投方案图片顿市有史以来的首名华裔市议长弭(Michelle Wu),为麻州华人团结合作,支持华裔参政,发挥华人在美国政界影响力跨出更大一步。
吴弭指出,过去这两年多的从政经验,让她更深刻体会到,政府许多政策,都是由一小撮代表讨论出来的。在政策决定桌上都坐着谁,因此非常很重要。亚裔社区若没人代表,就没有声音。
她认为亚裔如今在人数上,专业成就上,其实都已达到相当水平,如今就还只差走到一起这一步。
目前不单只亚裔有中,印,日,韩,越,泰,新加坡等分别,就连华人也有来自中国,香港,台湾的差异,如何求同存异的团结出一种声音,将是亚裔在美国政界发挥影响力很重要的因素。
她相信亚裔只要把追求专业成就上的理念、价值观,转移到关心,参与政治上,从出席投票,捐钱支持参选者,到当仁不让的提出政见,竞选职务,亚裔必能不被忽视。
吴弭在会中藉由她个人的经历,鼓励年轻人在规划人生时,要把关心时事、政治包括进去。她强调,无论各人专业背景为何,政治其实和人们生活的每一层面都息息相关。亚裔凡事默不出声,亚裔社区就更会被人抛在脑後。
228日的这场活动,可能是麻州来自中国大陆移民为政客办筹款会的首例。吴弭致词时,百分之八、九十的内容都用普通话说,让与会者感到格外亲切。
这筹款会的主要承办者是在金融界工作的郭慧明,赵刚,开国际文化旅行社的娄新新,以及忍者快车餐厅东主邝国彬夫妇。包括麻州新成立牛顿市华人协会的董事沈安平,蒋红;大安多福华人协会会长褚真威,以及最近在微信上做华人权益讲座的广西同乡会董事谢婉珍,剑桥中国文化中心夕阳红站代表王开成等等,全都不住在倍投方案图片顿,但他们对吴弭都抱有无限希望,期许她能带动麻州华人关心政治风气,也促使麻州政界更加关注华人,亚裔社区的需求。
有些出席者也藉机会提出要求,开设“厚仁”送中式早餐到大学院校的刘霜,请吴弭代查相关牌照申请,夕阳红吁请代找补助资源,一名家长问子女实习机会等等。
吴弭在会中也提醒亚裔社区,政府部门有许多职位出缺时,晋用什麽人递补,常常是看哪个社区要求最力,打电话最多。亚裔社区必须以行动
这活动的主要筹办者,会後在微信中提醒众人,31日是美国2016年总统大选的党派初选投票日,请出席投票。















吴弭在活动中简述了自己的背景,坦白指出,身为亚裔,从未想过踏进政坛,主要因为鲜有先例。
1983年时,她的父母从台湾移民来美,定居芝加哥,陆续生下她这老大,以及三个弟妹。成长时,从来没人说将来应该从政,顶多说她可以像关颖珊,做个溜冰冠军。
当年最出名的从政亚裔,是时任美国劳工部部长的赵小兰。上大学时,她在暑假到那儿实习过,由於一同实习的人中,几无亚裔,她因此完全没想过从政,毕业後进了企业界工作,住在倍投方案图片顿北端。
有一天,小妹妹打电话来,说妈妈情况不好,催她回家。她回去後才发现,母亲精神状况不好,不但不能照顾弟妹,连自己都无法照顾。那时才22岁的她,不得不常常想,政府有哪些资源,可以让她把弟妹放进最好的学校,找到会听说中文的医生,来给母亲看病。
为了维生,她开了一家简餐店,供应茶点,饺子。但是餐厅开张前申请许可所经历的种种困难,让她下定决心,将来回倍投方案图片顿,一定要在牌照申请上帮助小企业,在学校教育上协助父母,在照顾精神有障碍者方面,琢磨出资源。
回倍投方案图片顿到哈佛大学上法学院时,她就一边照顾妹妹,母亲,一边到倍投方案图片顿市长办公室打工,从简化餐车牌照申请上着手实现理想。在这过程中,她发现市政府层级的政策,对人们的生活,往往有直接影响,真的可以马上帮助到人。

那时候的她,其实还很害羞。巧的是她在哈佛大学的合约法教授,伊莉莎白沃伦(Elizabeth Warren)也正走在从没想过从政,却开始参选的路上。 为老师助选的经历,有如她从政的启蒙老师。吴弭坦言,在敲开不善英语的选民大门,以中文和这些人沟通时,她更深刻认识到亚裔社区与政治的距离。