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Sunday, December 16, 2018

MIT-CEO講座 王淮分享從臉書到線性資本

MIT-CEO講座,邀線性資本創辦人王淮(前中)暢談從臉書到線性資本的過程。(周菊子攝)
             (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導) MITCEO創業講堂1210日請到世界經濟論壇2018全球青年領袖之一的王淮,分享他在臉書(Facebook)工作,創辦線性資本(Linear Capital)期間各學到的五堂課,直言未來三到五年是投資人工智慧企業的黃金期。
線性資本創辦人王淮。(周菊子攝)
最近才完成第三期融資,募得5億元人民幣加7000萬元美金,如今手頭上有三個美元基金,2個人民幣基金,共管理15億元以上人民幣資產的線性資本,在創辦人王淮和張川領導下,有意專注投資以數據為基礎,人工智慧導向,可商樣化運作的企業,希望在未來三到五年內,把線性資本打造成中國最好的數據智能(Data Intelligence)基金,為促成中國在未來10年出現至少10家百億美金規模的企業服務公司盡力。
            這趟MITCEO創業講堂請到王淮來分享經驗,既因為王淮正好到波士頓辦事,也因為MITCEO幹部曹圳是浙江大學校友。
MITCEO 創業講堂,線性資本。(現場PPT)
            王淮經歷多,也很能說,滔滔不絕,既把他在臉書所學,經營線性資本的心得各總結為五個要點的分享外,還點評了阿里巴巴和騰訊的特色,中美公司之間的不同。
線性資本打造數據智能基金。(現場PPT)
1999年王淮從浙江大學畢業後來美留學,為了更容易拿獎學金,選擇到俄亥俄州讀博深造。期間的2004年到芝加哥探望在商品交易所做交易員的表姊時,進了全球最大的期貨交易所參觀,大感震撼,原來學術界以外的世界那麼有趣,於是拿到碩士學位後就決定進社會工作了,可沒想到最快速決定聘用他的甲骨文(Oracle)公司,竟在決定聘用他之後的3小時,通知他整個部門被裁掉了。幸好另一家面試他的公司雅虎,稍後通知他去上班,於是他才能夠一邊進了史丹福大學讀博,學習管理,一邊在雅虎做大數據後台。
            2005年時,雅虎有最大的數據系統,這方面的工程師就有400人。然後正當他覺得雅虎的工作不再有甚麼挑戰時,谷歌(Google)和臉書(Facebook)分別透過領英(LinkedIn)來挖角。王淮透露,那時谷歌已是個有萬名員工的具規模公司,臉書卻還不像一家正式公司,但都去面試後,他覺去谷歌自己只會是個螺絲釘,但臉書那兒的人像一群瘋狂小孩,都絕頂聰明,似乎有更大發展機會。

            於是王淮陸續成為臉書第二個華裔工程師,第一位華裔研發經理,在臉書初創時期的每個人都一手包攬身邊所有事的團隊氛圍中,從社交廣告、新聞源(Newsfeed),做到支付安全(Payment security),一待就是五年,臉書的用戶也從2000萬人暴增過八億。根據網路資料,臉書用戶人數,現在已經有22.3億人,幾乎是全世界人口75.3億的三分之一了。
2011年,王淮覺得臉書最有趣的日子過去,賣掉一小部份手中股票,從加州搬到西雅圖,天天聽雨看書逗娃,閒得發慌,開始琢磨創業,想著該搬回矽谷,還想回國,卻找不到契機。
            也是巧合。2012年時,王淮最好的朋友在中國出了點事,促使他飛回中國。沒想到很多人對臉書的故事很感興趣,紛紛找他演講,做打造系統,團隊的培訓,百姓網和大眾點評還都請他做執行長顧問。這促使王淮發表了一篇我在Facebook的十點經驗分享,又引起360的周鴻禕,網易丁磊等科技大老關注,然後就經由薛蠻子引介,踏入創投圈,當起天使投資人。
            2013年,王淮還出版了打造Facebook”,上市不到一個月,立即再版。所有的稿費,他捐了一半給大眾醫保,兒童午餐。
            後來決定成立線性資本,他請教過包括高瓴資本的張磊等許多人,起初是完全沒概念,從第一期基金結束時,他發現自己感興趣和擅長的,都在人工智能領域,於是第二期基金做得更順手也更專注。王淮因此以自己的心得勸想募資的創業者,先搞清楚各創投基金主事者本身的背景,有共通處,才更容易談得來,募到錢。
            王淮在侃談自己的經歷時,總結他的臉書經驗有五,一,只和最好的人一起工作;二,你的人生是過去選擇的結果,每7年下一次大賭注;三,在任何可以的時候接受挑戰並成長;四,抱持是的,你可以(Yes, You can)”的態;,五,學會做艱難的決定。
            經營線性資本三年,王淮也總結了五點經驗,一,學會看清自己,要了解自己的興趣和影響。二,靠譜是一個時間涵數    ,要懂得有熱情(passionate),能堅持(persistent),具專業技能與態度(professional),前後一致(consistent),要果斷(Cruel),該開除人時就要動作快,別當老好人,還要讓別人信得過(Creditble)。三是少就是聚焦,聚焦就是多。四是要坦然面對不確定,並從中獲利,要懂得判斷並重複。五,生命太短暫,要做點大事,並欣欣向榮。

            這天主持MITCEO的曹圳表示,MITCEO希望聚波士頓英才而連之,還要連心連手(connect minds and connect hands),共創事業。目前該組織也正在招新,希望更多有理想,有幹勁的人加入服務行列。(圖片已於12月11日發表)

Friday, December 14, 2018

Income tax rate to drop to 5.05% on Jan. 1

Income tax rate to drop to 5.05% on Jan. 1
Tax revenues sufficient to trigger automatic reduction

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Revenue today confirmed that the required revenue metrics have been met to ensure the state’s Part B income tax rate will drop on January 1, 2019 from the current 5.10% to 5.05%.

“A strong economy and careful management of the Commonwealth’s finances have created the conditions for Massachusetts taxpayers to get a much-deserved break,”said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are pleased that next year we will see taxpayers be able to keep more of their hard-earned money.”

“Next year the income tax rate will be the lowest it has been in decades, which will provide welcome relief to workers across the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Massachusetts taxpayers deserve the boost that this rate reduction will deliver.”

A state law enacted in 2002 provides the statutory mechanism to lower the Part B individual income tax rate, based on certain revenue milestones. The legislation replaced a tax rate reduction schedule that had passed by ballot initiative in November 2000.

“I was pleased to receive confirmation from the Department of Revenue that the revenue trigger had been met. This reflects steady revenue growth and a nice break for taxpayers,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan.

 The law provides that for each tax year in which certain inflation-adjusted baseline revenue growth requirements are met, the income tax rate will be reduced by increments of 0.05 percentage points until the rate reaches 5%.

Part B income includes wages, salary, and many other forms of income, including self-employment income; business, professional and farm income; S corporation distributions; and rental income from personal property. The rate associated with Part B income is also applied to several other income categories, including interest and dividends and most long-term capital gains.

There are five revenue tests that determine whether a rate reduction is required, beginning with growth in revenue over the previous fiscal year, and including a series of four additional growth measures. If any one of the incremental tests is not met, the rate reduction does not proceed. With DOR’s certification of the most recent revenue measure, all five tests in 2018 have now been met.

The rate reduction was last triggered on Jan. 1, 2016, when it dropped from 5.15% to 5.10%. Previous reductions included:
o   Jan. 1, 2012 (rate reduced from 5.3% to 5.25%)
o   Jan. 1, 2014 (rate reduced from 5.25% to 5.2%)
o   Jan. 1, 2015 (rate reduced from 5.2% to 5.15%)

The state budget for Fiscal 2019 accounted for the income tax rate change, which is projected to reduce tax revenue by approximately $84 million in Fiscal Year 2019 and approximately $175 million in Fiscal Year 2020.

If revenues in 2019 are sufficient to trigger a further rate reduction, the Part B income tax rate will drop to 5% for the 2020 tax year.

REP LIEU CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN BICAMERAL BILL TO HONOR CHINESE-AMERICAN WWII VETERANS

REP LIEU CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN BICAMERAL BILL TO HONOR CHINESE-AMERICAN WWII VETERANS
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed through unanimous consent bipartisan legislation he introduced with Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) to honor the contributions of more than 18,000 Chinese-American World War II veterans. The bill will authorize Congress to award the highest civilian honor--a Congressional Gold Medal--to these heroes. The bill was introduced by Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the Senate and passed in September.
“I’m proud to have co-led the introduction of this bill to award Chinese American WWII veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal,” said Lieu. “We will finally have the chance to honor the service and sacrifice of Chinese Americans who fought for the U.S. in WWII. By proudly serving their country, even in the face of the shameful Chinese Exclusion Act, Chinese American veterans exemplified patriotism and demonstrated a deep commitment to the United States. As a veteran, I’m grateful to have worked on this legislation, along with Rep. Royce, and Sens. Duckworth, Cochran and Hirono, to honor the lives and legacies of these WWII heroes."
“Despite facing outright discrimination, more than 18,000 brave Chinese Americans volunteered to risk their lives to protect their fellow Americans during World War II,” said Duckworth. “I’m proud my colleagues from both sides of the aisle have chosen to recognize this brave group of Veterans’ unwavering commitment and honor them with a Congressional Gold Medal.” 
“More than 18,000 Chinese Americans served our country during World War II, while also facing discrimination here at home,” Hirono said. “Like other minority service members, their contributions were not appropriately recognized during or immediately after World War II. The passage of the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act goes a long way to right that wrong and express our gratitude for Chinese American veterans’ distinguished service.”
“We commend Congress for honoring the dutiful service and role of the Chinese American Veterans of World War II with the Congressional Gold Medal,” said Ed Gor, past president of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance. 
“The heartfelt considerations for this group by House Lead Co-sponsors Rep. Ed Royce (CA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (CA) and Senate Lead Co-sponsors Sen. Tammy Duckworth (IL), Thad Cochran (ret.) (MS), and Mazie Hirono (HI) mark a significant milestone for the nearly 20,000 Chinese American Veterans. These Veterans and their families, as well as surviving family members of our departed, deem this recognition a most high honor from a grateful nation.” said Samantha Cheng, Project Director, the Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project.
"Having Congress approve the Congressional Gold Medal for Chinese American Veterans of World War II is momentous and the timing truly historic.  This month, as the nation reflects on the 75th Anniversary of the Magnuson Act, which ended 61 years of discrimination towards Chinese Americans, it is poignant and bittersweet.  Tens of thousands of Chinese American men and women enlisted at a difficult juncture in American history, when the Chinese Exclusion Act was still in effect.  We are grateful and appreciative for Congress’s recognition of service and sacrifice made by Chinese American veterans." said Davace Chin, National President, Chinese American Citizens Alliance. 

THREE FORMER STATE POLICE LIEUTENANTS INDICTED ON ADDITIONAL CHARGES IN ONGOING STATE INVESTIGATION INTO OVERTIME ABUSE

THREE FORMER STATE POLICE LIEUTENANTS INDICTED ON ADDITIONAL CHARGES IN ONGOING STATE INVESTIGATION INTO OVERTIME ABUSE
New Charges Involving Troop E Cover Conduct from 2015

BOSTON – Three former lieutenants of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) have been indicted on additional charges in connection with an ongoing state investigation by Attorney General Maura Healey into overtime abuse at Troop E, the unit previously assigned to the Massachusetts Turnpike. The AG’s Office alleges that in 2015, these three lieutenants were paid thousands of dollars for overtime hours that they did not work.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury today returned additional indictments against David Wilson, age 58, of Charlton, John Giulino, age 68, of Lanesborough, and David Keefe, age 53, of Norfolk. Each was charged with one count of Larceny Over $250 by Single Scheme, Procurement Fraud, and Public Employee Standards of Conduct Violation (False/Fraudulent Claim to Employer). The defendants will be arraigned on the new charges in Suffolk Superior Court at a later date. 

On September 20, the AG’s Office charged Wilson, Giulino and Keefe for similar conduct in 2016. The new charges cover conduct in 2015.

At the time of the alleged offenses, Lieutenants Wilson, Giulino and Keefe were supervisors in Troop E and responsible for overseeing criminal and traffic enforcement along the Massachusetts Turnpike. The AG’s Office began an investigation into overtime pay at Troop E after a referral from MSP following an internal audit that revealed potential misconduct.

The investigation revealed that Wilson, Giulino and Keefe all allegedly submitted claims for pay for overtime shifts they did not work or from which they left early. According to investigators at the AG’s Office, these alleged offenses occurred during overtime shifts for the Accident and Injury Reduction Effort program (AIRE), which was intended to increase the presence of MSP troopers on the Turnpike to deter excessive speeding and aggressive driving.  

Troopers assigned to these AIRE shifts were expected to work their assigned hours as scheduled and accurately report information about traffic citations issued, including the date, time and shift during which it was written. 
In 2015, Wilson, who was a shift commander in Troop E’s Duty Office in Bostonwas paid over $270,000, including more than $120,000 in overtime pay. According to the AG’s Office, Wilson allegedly submitted fraudulent claims for pay for at least 116 hours of overtime, resulting in him obtaining at least $11,000 for hours that he did not work. Wilson allegedly regularly scheduled his overtime shifts directly before his regular shifts but submitted claims for both shifts so that he was double paid for a number of overlapping hours.

In 2015, as commander of the Westfield barracks, Giulino was paid over$215,000, which included more than $66,000 in overtime pay. The AG’s Office alleges that Giulino submitted claims for pay for over 180 hours of overtime that he did not work, resulting in him illegally obtaining at least $18,000. Authorities allege he either did not work these shifts at all or left early from them.

In an attempt to conceal his misconduct, Giulino allegedly submitted falsified traffic citations to MSP to make it appear they had been issued during his overtime shifts, when in fact they were not issued during overtime shifts or never issued at all.  

As commander of the Weston barracks, Keefe was paid over $204,000 in 2015, which included more than $61,000 in overtime pay. He allegedly submitted claims for payment of at least 50 hours he did not work, resulting in at least $5,000 in overpayment. Authorities allege he regularly left early from these shifts and at times did not work them at all.

The AG’s investigation into overtime abuse in Troop E is ongoing. These charges are allegations, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General John Reynolds and Chief Trial Counsel James O’Brien, both of AG Healey’s White Collar and Public Integrity Division. The case was investigated by Senior Financial Investigators Molly Parks and Shannon Roark, Criminal Investigator Michael Azevedo, and Commissioned Officers assigned to the State Police Detective Unit at the Office of the Attorney General, with assistance from the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab. MSP and MassDOT fully cooperated throughout the investigation. 

陳秀英搭橋 MFA新任亞洲部主館喻瑜進華埠


波士頓藝術博物館(MFA)新任亞洲部主席喻瑜(左起)應中華頤養院
榮譽董事長陳秀英,波士頓藝術博物館前董事會主席Lisbeth Tarlow
之邀,和華埠社區人士交流。(奚珍提供)
              (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導) 波士頓藝術博物館今年三月新聘的華裔亞洲藝術主席喻瑜(Christina Yu Yu)1213日經中華頤養院榮譽董事長陳秀英安排,踏進華埠龍鳳酒樓,徵詢意見,要拉近藝術博物館和社區大眾之間的距離。
波士頓藝術博物館最初的模樣。(攝自活動現場幻燈片)
              大波士頓的博物館界,近年漸多華裔出頭。2014年二月,畢業於北京國際關係大學,持有法律學士學位的王伊悠,獲聘為麻州塞冷鎮(Salem)Peabody博物館的中國及東亞藝術部館長。今年的20183月,在中國出生長大,2002年畢業於麻州本地衛斯理學院,取得波士頓大學碩士,芝加哥大學博士學位的喻瑜,獲聘為波士頓藝術博物館的亞洲藝術主席,七月到任。
             波士頓藝術博物館在今年三月發佈的聘任新聞稿中指出,喻瑜的頭銜為正力松太郎(Matsutaro Shoriki)亞洲藝術主席。她將率領一整組館長,監管MFA來自日本,中國,韓國,南亞,東南亞,以及伊斯蘭世界的10萬多件藝術品。
             中華頤養院榮譽董事長陳秀英表示,波士頓藝術博物館的前任董事會主席Lisbeth Tarlow和她談起,該館新聘了一名華裔亞洲藝術主管,或許可以帶動更多華埠社區人士參與該館藝展與活動。於是有了這一場喻瑜和大約40名波士頓華埠社區代表交流的活動。
陳秀英(右起)把喻瑜介紹給華埠社區。她還稱讚波士頓環球報社論版
代理編輯梁詩莉是該報歷年來唯一做到主管職位的華人。(周菊子攝)
             出席者中的紐英崙華人歷史協會前會長范王柳娥建議和波士頓華埠圖書館合作,華林派太極功夫學校創辦人余翠梅侃言舞龍舞獅,已然是在世界各地備受矚目的活動,早年流傳下來的龍獅道具,甚至已是古董,或許博物館可以在這方面探討製作展覽、活動。紐英崙中華公所顧問羅燕玲等人也紛紛發表意見。
范王柳娥(後左二)提議MFA和波士頓華埠圖書館合作,
Linda Apple(中)主持座談。(周菊子攝)
             喻瑜在這場聚會中做了波士頓藝術博物館的總體介紹,還秀出一張該館初創時的圓型照片,以及1990年代搬遷到現址以後的模樣。   
                 波士頓藝術博物館的義工及社區互動主任Linda Apple表示,歡迎華埠社區提供促進社區人士和波士頓藝術博物館拉近距離活動的意見。該館每週六至週二的開放時間為早上10點至下午5點,週三至週五為早上10點至晚上10點,凡是大學學生獲年紀在17歲以下的青少年,都可免費入場。每週三下午4點以後,進場費用自由認捐。一般情況下,門票25元。
          
活動現場。(周菊子攝)
             

BPDA Board approves residential projects in East Boston and Allston

BPDA Board approves residential projects in East Boston and Allston at final meeting of the year
Proposal for affordable housing in Chinatown moves forward
Boston – Friday, December 14, 2018 - The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors approved development projects in East Boston and Allston that will create 60 residential units at their December meeting. 

In addition to the two new projects, the Board approved tentative designation for the redevelopment of the BPDA-owned Parcel 12, located at 280 Tremont Street in Chinatown. The proposed project includes 152 income-restricted rental and homeownership units to be developed by Asian Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Millennium Partners. A portion of the affordable units contribute to the Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) requirement for the Winthrop Square project.  The tentative designation of the parcel follows a robust community process with the Chinatown community about the vision for the site, which is currently used as a parking lot. In addition to the affordable residential units, the project proposes to expand the adjacent Double Tree Hotel and the adjacent Tufts Shared Services garage, and will include an activated community space. The proposed project will continue to be evaluated with the community through the Article 80 review process. 

In 2018, the BPDA approved nearly $7 billion in new development, 12.1 million square feet, an increase of 1.8 million over 2017.  The approved projects will generate over $37 million in linkage funding for affordable housing and job training this year, $30.9 million for housing and $6.2 million for jobs. Twenty percent of all residential units approved are income-restricted. In total, 891 of the 4,405 residential units approved this year will be income-restricted for low or middle-income families. 

The projects moving forward make progress towards Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s goal ofincreasing affordable housing to support a strong middle-class.  Earlier this fall in response to increased population growth, Mayor Walsh announced updated housing targetssupporting the creation of new affordable housing, increased access to homeownership opportunities, and preventing displacement of residents.

Development Projects

44 North Beacon Street approval to bring 30 residential units, commercial/office space to Allston

Live: 30 residential units, four IDP
Work: 26 construction jobs, 2-4 full-time property management jobs
Connect: Commercial/office space
Size: 34,580 square feet

The 44 North Beacon Street project in the Allston neighborhood proposes the construction of a new five story building with 30 residential rental units and one commercial/office space. The 30 rental units will consist of four Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) units and two units will be compliant with Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB) Group 2 regulations for accessible design. As currently proposed, the 30 rental units will consist of two studios, four one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units, and 12 three-bedroom units. 

Loading and unloading for the building will be provided in the rear of the project site, in addition to 19 parking spaces. A bike storage and maintenance room will be provided within the building, just off the front entrance lobby, to promote accessibility and ease of use. The project will aim to meet LEED Silver certification levels. The proponent will work with the BPDA Urban Design during the design review process to address concerns related to the architectural design.  

656 Saratoga Street approval to bring 30 rental units, four IDP to East Boston

Live: 30 rental units, four IDP units
Work: 21 construction jobs
Connect: Supporting East Boston organizations with local programming
Size: 28,645 square feet

The approval of the 656 Saratoga Street project will yield the construction of a three story building with 30 rental units, including four income restricted units, 30 off-street parking spaces, and at least 30 on-site bicycle storage spaces. As currently proposed, the 30 residential units are anticipated to consist of 14 studio units, seven one-bedroom units, and nine two-bedroom units. 

This project will also include a financial contribution of $28,500 to be used toward the relocation of the MBTA bus stop and shelter on westbound Bennington Street/Moore Street on the Route 120 to the far side of the intersection. This transportation enhancement will improve operations on the Route 120 bus and improve pedestrian safety. In addition, a $3,000 contribution to the Salesian Boys and Girls Club Incorporated will be used for general operating capital for the club which provides athletic, tutoring, dance, cooking, and educational programming for local children. Another contribution of $3,500 to the Veronica Robles Cultural Center Corp. will be used for general operating capital needed to sustain and implement youth programs which include art making, dance, and musical activities.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

翁萬戈慶百歲 再贈MFA跨13世紀183件古書畫

 翁萬戈。(MFA提供)
           (Boston Orange 周菊子整理報導) 波士頓藝術博物館(MFA)(13)日宣佈,收藏家翁萬戈捐出183件橫跨十三個世紀,五個朝代,經由他家六代人收藏的中國古董書畫,在捐贈數量與珍貴程度上,打破該館受贈中國書畫歷史紀錄。
             波士頓藝術博物館計畫2019年九月時,在該館亞洲廳舉辦翁氏家藏精選展,從這183件藝品,以及過去10年來翁萬戈曾捐贈的約21件重要中國藝術品中挑選展品。
             今年七月,翁萬戈過百歲壽誕時,才捐出一幅十七世紀的中國巨幅山水長卷,由清初名畫家王翠創作,長16米的長江萬里圖給波士頓藝術博物館。
             今天,翁萬戈更是大手筆,一口氣捐出183件家族傳世珍藏,包括130幅繪畫,31幅書法,18件拓片,4件織繡。
             波士頓藝術博物館的吳同中國藝術館館長(Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art )白鈴安表示,該館收藏的中國藝術品多為早期宋元書畫,翁萬戈這次捐了許多明清藝品,很大幅度的填補了該館中國收藏品的年代缺隙。
蘇州山水風景畫。(MFA提供)
明代大畫家項聖謨的自畫像。(MFA提供)
             翁萬戈是1938年時來美國普渡(Purdue)大學讀工程系的,但發現自己更鐘情於藝術,跑到紐約去畫漫畫書,後來拍起紀錄片,到好萊塢待了一陣子,又回到紐約製作關於中國文化藝術的電影。由於波士頓藝術博物館收藏有全美最好的早期中國藝術品,翁萬戈很自然地被吸引過來。他透露,來美國後,他踏進去的第一個博物館就是波士頓藝術博物館,因而儘管他也曾捐贈藝品給哈佛藝術博物館,紐約的大都會博物館,上海博物館等等,波士頓藝術博物館在他心中總佔有著一個特別位置翁萬戈其實從小是浸淫在中國藝術品中長大的。小時候他爸爸和朋友聚會評鑑書畫藝術時,他也擠過去,踮起腳尖,趴到書桌旁看那些書畫。他父親會揮揮手的說,你懂什麼,他還回嘴,我不懂,但我會看
翁萬戈的家藏,始自兩位清朝皇帝的老師翁同龢,然後父子相傳,歷經六代的一直傳到1918年出生的翁萬戈。
183件捐贈品中,有7件明代董其昌的文人畫,清初六家之一的王翠的山水畫,惲壽的花鳥畫,王原祁的《西山春靄圖》卷,揚州八怪之一華岩的《秋江泛月圖》,吳門畫家沈周綜合詩書畫的《蘇台紀勝十六頁書畫冊》,明代文徵明的手卷《家書捲九通》,清代畫僧朱耷的《八大山人書法冊》,明代畫家陳洪綬的7幅作品和《博古牌》,以及翁同龢的作品和翁萬戈的手卷《莱溪雅集圖》等。


敦煌帖拓。(MFA提供)
文徵明的九封家書。(MFA提供)

翁萬戈這次捐贈的畫作之一。(MFA提供)
Portrait of An Qi in His Garden (detail), 1698, Wang Hui and Jiao Bingzhen

CAPAC Applauds Passage of Chinese American WWII Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act

CAPAC Applauds Passage of Chinese American WWII Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed S. 1050, the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act. This bipartisan legislation – led by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Congressmen Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) – will recognize the tremendous contributions made by more than 18,000 Chinese American World War II veterans and award them with the Congressional Gold Medal. The bill unanimously passed the Senate earlier this year and now awaits the President’s signature. Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“During World War II, more than 18,000 Chinese Americans bravely served our country to protect their fellow Americans. Despite facing racial discrimination at home, including the hateful Chinese Exclusion Act that remained in place until 1943, these Chinese Americans showed true patriotism and service to our country. With the unanimous passage of the Chinese American World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act, we now have an opportunity to pay national tribute to these heroes by awarding them with our nation’s highest civilian honor.

“As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I want to thank CAPAC Members Senator Duckworth, Senator Hirono, and Congressman Lieu for their leadership in championing this bill and ensuring that we honor these heroic veterans with the long overdue recognition they deserve. The passage of this legislation is a tremendous victory for our veterans and the broader Chinese American community. I urge the President to sign this bill into law before the end of the year.”

Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL):

“Despite facing outright discrimination, more than 18,000 brave Chinese Americans volunteered to risk their lives to protect their fellow Americans during World War II. I’m proud my colleagues from both sides of the aisle have chosen to recognize this brave group of Veterans’ unwavering commitment and honor them with a Congressional Gold Medal.” 

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI):

“More than 18,000 Chinese Americans served our country during World War II, while also facing discrimination here at home. Like other minority service members, their contributions were not appropriately recognized during or immediately after World War II. The passage of the Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act goes a long way to right that wrong and express our gratitude for Chinese American veterans’ distinguished service.”

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), CAPAC Whip:

“I’m proud to have co-led the introduction of this bill to award Chinese American WWII veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal. We will finally have the chance to honor the service and sacrifice of Chinese Americans who fought for the U.S. in WWII. By proudly serving their country, even in the face of the shameful Chinese Exclusion Act, Chinese American veterans exemplified patriotism and demonstrated a deep commitment to the United States. As a veteran, I’m grateful to have worked on this legislation, along with Rep. Royce, and Sens. Duckworth, Cochran and Hirono, to honor the lives and legacies of these WWII heroes.”