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波士頓慶中國成立70週年 參賀僑團首現7姓氏公所

中國駐紐約總領事館提供

               (Boston Orange 周菊子整理報導)波士頓僑界於929日晚在帝苑大酒樓慶祝中華人民共和國建國70週年,約六百人歡聚一堂。中國駐紐約總領事館副總領事邱艦在會中談台灣,說香港,強調合作互利是中美關係的唯一選擇。
             這場國慶晚宴由"大波士頓僑學各界慶祝中華人民共和國國慶籌備會主辦,中美文化協會,大波士頓中國和平統一促進會協辦,總策畫為六名從波士頓應邀回中國參加國慶大典者之一的梁添光。
             晚宴從迎賓時段播放紅歌,自由拍照,黃氏醒獅團舞獅後,集體合影,出席者唱中美國歌,嘉賓致詞,享用佳餚,一直進行到歌舞餘興表演,會場氣氛都很熱絡,只是在宴會開始前,發生一名老外搶麥克風,發表反對中國言論,和司徒宗達等制止者互相拉扯,再被警察護送出場的插曲。
             紐約領館副總領事邱艦在會上發表逾千字演講,強調新中國70年來的發展成就,舉世矚目,中國人民已走出一條中國特色社會主義道路。他指出,在國家統一和民族復興上,海外僑胞發揮了不可替代的獨特作用,做出了重要貢獻,他要代表駐紐約總領事館,誠摯的感謝僑胞,致上深深敬意。
             邱艦在發表講話時,不忘提及台灣,香港。關於台灣,他稱兩岸統一是歷史大勢,期盼海外華人促進和平統一。關於香港,他指過去3個月來,極端勢力以暴力亂港,公然挑戰國家主權和一國兩制原則底線,他們要正告亂港份子,香港是中國的香港,香港事務是中國內政,任何遏止中國發展的企圖,都將註定失敗。
             由於今年是中美建交40週年,邱艦也特地就中美關係發表四點意見,稱互利合作是中美關係的唯一選擇,開放融合是正確方向,衝突對抗會沒有出路,共擔責任是歷史潮流,而中國願意承擔自己應盡的那份國際責任。
             中美文化協會主席何遠光和大波士頓中國和平統一促進會主席胡運炤分別致歡迎詞和答謝詞。作為僑界代表的前昆士小學校長李素影也上台發言,呼籲華人勿忘祖國。
波士頓市議員愛德華費林當晚也出席宴會,在會上和嘉賓合影,欣賞胡皓研,趙寶玲,馮麗麗,黃國威,雷玉霞,潘潔,陳國航,曹麗莉,可慶恩,吳皓,李嘉音,世界旗袍會波士頓分會等許多人的歌唱祖國難忘今宵等歌舞表演。
             當晚名列參加晚宴單位的有梅家明,曾兆漢,李厚鵬,葉福文,李照原,謝鋒,盧蓮香,潘飛,梁利棠等9名個人,包括黃氏,梁氏,伍氏,鳳倫公所,龍岡親義公所,昭倫公所,三益公所等7個姓氏宗親會,台山,杭州,廣州及廣西等4個同鄉會,以及洪門致公堂,藝聯慈善社,僑聲音樂社,大同村聯誼會,華人前進會等12個僑團,以及餐廳,酒家,商鋪等共43個單位。(更新版)

波士頓慶十一升旗 香港,西藏人舉牌抗議


波士頓慶祝中華人民共和國生日升旗典禮現場,出現抗議人群。(周菊子攝)

              (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)波士頓僑學界929日中午,在波士頓市政府廣場舉行升旗典禮,慶祝中華人民共和國成立70週年。逾百名香港,西藏,新疆人權支持者群集抗議,出動的旗幟與標語牌比慶祝者還多。
波士頓僑學界在市府廣場升旗,表演歌舞,慶祝中國70歲。(周菊子攝)
              中華人民共和國今年七十大壽,中國境內各地早就開始熱烈慶祝,海外,尤其是美國,則因中美關係從貿易戰鋪開的緊張,香港反送中群眾延綿數月的抗議,熱度顯然受到影響。
              中國駐紐約總領事館副總領事邱艦面對波士頓升旗典禮會場的抗議,表示這將由歷史與事實給予答案
中國駐紐約總領事館副總領事邱艦(右二)和波士頓慶祝中國成立70週年
籌委會代表胡運炤(右一),僑界代表李素影(左)在主席台上與僑胞
同慶。(周菊子攝)
              在波士頓的這場升旗典禮,今年由華人前進會,劍橋中國文化中心,中美文化協會,嚴新生命科學協會,華人企業家協會,台山鄉親聯誼會和其他僑學團體組成籌委會,策畫慶祝活動,由華人前進會行政主任陳玉珍,以及李照原主持,安排了台山鄉親聯誼會,波士頓健身腰鼓隊,劍橋中國文化中心夕陽紅,包氏舞動柔力團,華夏歌舞團,波士頓康樂舞蹈團等7個團體,表演歡聚一堂夢裡青草香走進新時代我愛我的祖國14項歌舞,現場匯聚了數百人。
              中國駐紐約總領事館副總領事邱艦,麻州參議員賓加利(Joe Boncore),波士頓市議員愛德華費林(Ed Flynn)等嘉賓應邀,和籌委會代表胡運炤,僑界代表李素影致詞。
左起,陳玉珍,李照原擔任升旗典禮司儀。(周菊子攝)
              邱艦代表紐約總領事館感謝僑胞對國家的支持,熱愛,稱中華民族屹立世界5000年,歷經風雨,克服過無數困難。在過去70年中,新中國的建設也給人民生活帶來天翻地覆的變化,中國的未來必將更璀璨、輝煌,希望僑胞們能繼續發揮各自的作用與影響,為促進中美友好,促進中國的和平統一大業做更大貢獻。
              金門超市總經理胡運炤代表籌委會致詞。他說明籌委會由前述六個團體和各高校學生學者聯誼會,中文學校,同鄉會,校友會,以及各文藝團體組成,強調他們都祝福祖國繁榮昌盛,全面發展建設成世界強國,踏上復興民族大道。他還指出,今年不但是中國建國70週年,也是中美建交的40週年,他們也祝願中美兩國人民友好關係持續發展。
升旗典禮安排有14項歌舞表演。(周菊子攝)
              在香港已持續數月的反送中運動,在波士頓,由於愛默生學院香港學生許穎婷強調自己是香港人後遭遇霸凌,也更受矚目。海外香港人權民主促進會和支持西藏,新疆人權的組織,這天攜帶大量旗幟,標語牌,喇叭,來到升旗典禮會場,在警察架起的圍欄外,向慶祝中國生日人群傳達他們的訊息,包括今日香港,明日台灣,時代革命,愛中國不等於愛獨裁者,以及要香港,西藏,台灣都獨立等等,聲量之大,旗幟之多,都讓圍欄內的慶祝人群無法忽視。
                 在波士頓,慶祝中華人民共和國生日的升旗典禮,這還是第一次出現抗議人群。
慶祝十一的人群,拿手機拍表演。要求人權的群眾,舉標語傳心聲。
(周菊子攝)
                 往年在波士頓十一慶祝中避不缺席的紀虎民,陶凱,梁添光等人,今年都因應邀回中國參加慶典而缺席。
升旗典禮安排有14巷歌舞表演。(周菊子攝)
              




升旗典禮安排有14巷歌舞表演。(周菊子攝)

抗議人群以標語,旗幟搶聲勢。(周菊子攝)
許穎婷喊口號。(周菊子攝)


抗議人群的標語牌包括控訴警察暴力,要求獨立。(周菊子攝)

抗議人群以標語牌表達心聲。(周菊子攝)




抗議人群站在圍欄外面。(周菊子攝)



升旗典禮現場,旗幟與標語牌競相爭輝。(周菊子攝)



抗議群眾發揮創意,在標語牌之外,還以行為藝術來表達。(周菊子攝)


升旗典禮現場。(周菊子攝)

抗議人群與慶祝人群近距離各自表態。(周菊子攝)

波士頓警察調派警力駐守升旗典禮現場,預防意外。(周菊子攝)

波士頓南開校友辦年會慶母校百年 介紹會長孫偉 理事長王忠

波士頓南開校友會慶祝母校建校百年,舉辦首屆年會。(周菊子攝)
           (Boston Orange周菊子波士頓報導)波士頓南開大學校友會於929日在波士頓學院Stokes大樓內舉行首屆年會,慶祝母校建校100週年。
波士頓南開校友會理事長王忠(左起)陪同兩名演講嘉賓,邱成桐教授,
William H. Overholt坐在第一排。(周菊子攝)
          校友會現任會長孫偉和前任會長張露聯袂擔任當天的大會主持,先放映一段視頻,回顧位於天津市的南開大學,從1919年創辦迄今,曾於1938年和北京,清華大學合組西南聯大,秉承著知中國,服務中國的辦學宗旨,允公允能,日新月異的校訓,為中國培養出包括前中國總理周恩來等許多傑出人才的輝煌歷史。還特地點出,中國現任國家主席習近平今年一月到訪了南開。
首屆波士頓南開校友會年會由孫偉(右),張露(左)主持。(周菊子攝)
          波士頓南開校友會理事長王忠在會上介紹了南開校友會源起,是從周恩來主持的南開出校學生通訊處開始。旅美南開校友會成立於1946年,但波士頓的南開校友會卻遲到200937日才誕生,今年2019,才註冊成為具501c(3)非牟利資格的組織。
他們為強調校友互助,凡曾於南開大學,天津南開中學,天津第二南開中學,重慶南開中學和自貢蜀光中學等南開系學校就讀者,都歡迎加入校友會,估計波士頓地區目前約有700人具此資格。
回顧南開歷史時,會場特地播映中國國家主席習近平今年一月訪問
南開的鏡頭。(周菊子攝)
29日的波士頓南開校友會首屆年會,邀有兩名主講嘉賓,哈佛大學教授,著名數學家暨菲爾茲獎得主丘成桐,以及哈佛大學亞洲中心資深研究員歐佛霍(William H. Overholt)
丘成桐是南開名譽教授,曾師事南開大學校友暨國際數學大師陳省身。他以近年出版的自傳,生命的形狀(The Shape of Life)”為本,闡述他從1949年在汕頭出生,在香港長大,來美留學的一生經歷,以及他對數學,物理不離不棄的熱愛。
波士頓南開校友會理事長王忠(左)送紀念品給邱成桐教授。(周菊子攝)
他透露,1963年父親辭世,他開始做家教,教太極,幫補家用,這才體會到人必須為自己的生命負責,羅馬大道是勤奮走出來的哲理。
William H. Overholt是著名的亞洲問題專家,現為哈佛大學甘迺迪政府學院資深研究員,出版過6本書。他原本要以201712月出版的書,"中國的成功危機(China’s Crisis of Success)”,為講談主題,但臨時決定稍微偏離主題。
波士頓南開校友會理事文立民(右)送紀念品講者William H. Overholt。
(周菊子攝)
這場年會還安排了兩場專題討論,分別邀請校友分享職業發展與創新創業經驗。
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在職業發展環節中,曾任中美生物醫藥協會會長,現為強生與強生(Johnson & Johnson)製藥公司研發部門生物主任的楊志勇,富國資產管理新興市場團隊資深經理張毅,哥倫比亞大學助理教授劉曉,BlockTEST區塊鍊技術公司創辦人兼執行長蔣紅波,波士頓學院技術轉移及牌照辦公室主任暨世界華人暨樹經理人協會會長文立民,以及海外華人企業家聯合會生物組經理史建英,坦率的和出席校友對話,有問必答,交流得十分熱絡。
根據波士頓南開校友在會上公佈的訊息,該會現有行政團隊和理事會兩層組織,理事任期每任3年,最多連任3屆,會務由會長領導。本屆會長為孫偉,副會長四名,分別為劉曉,毛麗萍,李寧,傅志平。理事會有理事長王忠,以及10名理事,朱雷,王涵,張露,任思源,鄧澤平,齊軍,鄒露,文立民,和杉秀,蘇明等。

北美洲舜裔篤親公所賀陳文浩,陳顯盛當選副總理


北美洲舜裔篤親公所宗親和嘉賓合影。(周菊子攝)

              (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)北美洲舜裔篤親總公所929日在波士頓龍鳳酒樓席開20餘桌,感謝社區支持者登報恭賀陳榮良,陳順盛,陳文浩等三人當選新屆正副總理,重申二年後在波士頓辦下一屆懇親大會。
駐波士頓經濟文化辦事處處長徐佑典(左),僑教中心主任歐宏偉(右)頒發
表揚狀給陳文浩,余寶愛夫婦。(周菊子攝)
             慶祝會由超武館醒獅團的兩頭瑞獅舞動,拉開序幕。司儀陳黃海蘭一一介紹了出席嘉賓,以及來自紐約的恭賀團。
             駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處處長徐佑典,波士頓僑教中心主任歐宏偉這晚應邀出席,並送上了僑委會的表揚狀。北美洲舜裔篤親總公所元老陳仕維,陳羨棠也先後致詞
             至孝篤親公所副主席陳文棟在會上宣讀文稿,先感謝各界買報紙版面,賀陳文浩當選第五屆北美洲舜裔篤親總公所副總理,再介紹陳文浩的經歷。
北美洲舜裔篤親公所副總理陳文浩(後左一)和家人同慶。(周菊子攝)
             1966年,陳文浩和家人從香港移民來美,定居波士頓。他中學畢業時,正逢越戰,於是放棄升學,加入海軍,上艦赴越南服役。戰後退伍,他獲保送讀大學,取得電氣及微波工程學位,進入Teradyne工作39年,直至去年才從資深微波工程師一職退休。
             10年來,陳文浩積極參與社團服務工作,在2007至2010年間,曾任紐英崙至孝篤親公所正副主席之外,目前還同時擔任波士頓華埠退伍軍人會會長,紐英崙中華公所財政,波士頓安良工商會財政,華埠社區議會議員,王氏青年會董事等職位,為服務僑社奔波。
北美洲舜裔篤親總公所元老陳仕維(右二)和新任顧問陳天佐
(右起),顧問陳日華,紐約安良顧問陳啟靈等。
(周菊子攝)
             陳文棟表示,陳文浩的個人服務熱誠,家庭和睦,夫妻扶持,讓他印象深刻。陳文浩家早從祖父陳鉽宗1930年代來到波士頓開始,就已熱心服務社區,也和公所元老陳毓璇的父親一起做生意,後來還參與投資華珍酒樓(現龍鳳酒樓),不但經商成功,並樂善好施,每逢宗親需要借貸,幾乎有求必應。1977年當過紐英崙至孝篤親公所主席。
             陳文浩的父親陳樹槐,也在1980年代出任過宗親公所主席。
             陳文浩自己是在本世紀初,紐英崙至孝篤親公所積極鼓勵青壯年宗親接班時,才應邀擔任公所副主席,並從此投身服務公所,僑社行列,參與的社團、機構越來越多,不但把自己的工餘閒暇時間,全奉獻給華埠社區,還把妻子陳余寶愛也帶進社區服務大隊。
波士頓安良工商會會長伍輝民(後左三)和安良夥伴同賀陳文浩(後右三)。
(周菊子攝)
             陳文棟的介紹,最後以陳日華的詩句做結,投筆從戎報國忠,微波技藝奪天工,一門三傑為公益,舜裔篤親青勁松。北美洲舜裔篤親總公所顧問陳建立也特地獻詩一首,表達賀意,至孝篤親陳胡袁,文化傳承澤子孫,浩然正氣真善美,波城紐約共一船,宗親友好聚華棠,深慶德仁獻妙方,文浩順盛副總哩,造福順裔互幫忙。
             陳世維表示,陳文浩服務僑社有成,他的賢內助陳余寶愛,功不可沒,至孝篤親公所的為僑社服務,沒有宗親的投入,也絕不可能有成績。在介紹新任總公所顧問陳天佐後,他還表示,期待二年後波士頓承辦北美洲舜裔篤親總公所懇親大會時,宗親們也大力支持。
陳文浩和師傅胡炳超夫婦。(周菊子攝)
             陳羨棠透露,2009年舜裔篤親總公所在波士頓舉辦首次懇親大會時,承辦人員其實非常緊張,因為傳聞舊金山某公所發出律師信,要禁止他們辦這懇親大會,紐英崙至孝篤親公所於是派出律師,全天候戒備,幸而最後無事發生,總公所的懇親大會也一屆一屆,順利的在波士頓,羅省,芝加哥,屋崙,以及今年八月的在加州沙加緬度,順利舉行,二年後將再回到波士頓。





Sunday, September 29, 2019

FAR EAST PHENOMENON PAINTINGS by LIN, CHIA-HUNG at YV Art Museum

Acton, MA – Contemporary Arts International (CAI), a nonprofit art center, also known as YV Art Museum, presents the painting exhibition entitled FAR EAST PHENOMENON by LIN CHIA-HUNG in CAI’s Gallery. An opening reception with artist talk will be held on Sunday, October 6 at 2 PM.
After half a century of globalization and the existence of the internet, one would think the phenomena in the Far East are quite familiar to the world, but it is quite the contrary. This exhibition seeks to raise awareness, and hopefully, build a bridge for better understanding of the Far East. In this show, the paintings of “cute, little, girlish, and simplified” portraits undoubtedly confront the taboo in western art that “Art speaks the Truth,” with an assumption that the Truth of human nature is far from being cute and simplified. So the critical question is: Is it Lin the artist’s conscious confrontation or is it Lin Chia-Hung’s naiveté? 

Lin started his career as a portrait painter, however he was frustrated that viewers only wanted to see “who is the person of this portrait,” not its aesthetics, not its conceptual value, so he decided to remove individuality from the image.  His background in manga training equips him well with this stylizing technique. His bright-eyed girlish woman speaking through her stunning eyes and dainty nose and mouth, strongly suggests his influence from the Japanese manga art form.

It is common knowledge that manga is the most influential social commentary media in Japan. It reaches out to all walks of life, all ages, and backgrounds in society. In a highly structured society where rules bind everything, manga is like a little naughty devil, giving people tickles for some fun, to jump above social constraints for a little while. Overlain with visual Pop Art, it slips funky ideas or politically incorrect comments into peoples’ lives and the media know that its treacherous deeds will be forgiven. Taiwan, being under Japanese occupation for 50 years prior to the end of World War II, was certainly submersed in its influence. However, Chinese also has had its own “Maan Hua” (translated as “Manga” in Japanese) as one form of literary culture for centuries. This historical context helps us understand where Lin’s source of inspiration comes from. Evidently, from his series of paintings we have read his social commentary on “Student/ Schooling” issues, “Marriage” issues, and the “Rebels” in disguise behind the innocent face.

While in the old days, the mechanics of animation consisted of thousands of hand-drawn pictures, this process is now simplified by computers. As an experienced animation film editor, Lin expands the seemingly quiet female figure with subtle movement. She is not moving in this instance, but it looks as if she is surely about to move, her big eyes are going to blink any minute. The definition of “animation” is “bringing to life”, and Lin animates his painting, bringing us the essence that neither computer nor photograph can compare. From here on, one is equipped with sufficient information to imagine the drawings before and after this picture.

Surely, Truth can’t be all beautiful, but, fine artists seem to be the special genus of people who take on the mission to investigate deep into the not-so-beautiful part of human nature. Artists question troublesome social norms and the avant-garde, and we feel that we should carry the cross to speak up on subjects that are not “beautiful” and “comfortable”.  As a result, artwork that catches public attention is provocative by nature. It is not difficult to find evidence among renowned artworks that bravely demonstrate “Art speaks the Truth” with extreme means. One example is the use of unconventional material like elephant dung. Chris Ofili, 29, born in Manchester UK, just won the 20,000 pound Turner Award, by making shit beautiful. Another example is the human body exhibition by Gunther von Hagens, an attraction crafted out of the gruesome dead. As all material has been explored, all subjects have been examined; the Truth seems to be on the flip side of the beautiful. Being an academically trained artist with his antenna open to the art world, Lin knows what the art world is chasing after; therefore, “naiveté” is out of the question. The fact is, he bumps into the “prettiness taboo” head-on.

Furthermore, in the realm of portrait, regardless of style, Western perception of being “realistic” in terms of capturing the essence of the person is undeniably an important factor for its aesthetic value. So another question materializes: Is Lin’s portrait figure realistic? If so, in what sense is it realistic? For this question, let’s go to the market place in Asia. The millions who have traveled to the Far East surely have witnessed common places such as markets, department stores, restaurants, streets, and surely have had contacts with Lin’s “stylized” female figure. In Western countries with more diverse features, “beauty” stresses on individuality. Lin’s figure of the Far East, where features are fairly homogeneous (black hair, dainty noses and eyes, etc.), all differences have been simplified to the common denominator of femaleness. Lin’s depiction of the eyes seems to mock the fact in the Far East that big eyes are thought to be the essential trait in a beauty. But if one looks more closely, it is not so much the eyes that are big in proportion to her face, it is the rest of the features, i.e. mouth and nose, that are dramatically small. Moreover, the rest of the body is miniaturized, leaving only the round face and big eyes to advocate the story. Still, the general impression is they are too beautiful and too cute, even though one can see these are women, not little girls. Their make up and behavior captures the real women in service industries, for example restaurant’s wait staff. True, they are paid to do the job, but they are real, they are everywhere, real in the Far East and real in Lin’s painting.

From Far East classical aesthetics, the 3-D likeness of a portrait to a real person is not from the contrast of light and shadow, a technique universally valued in the West. There was never a single light source like that of Rembrandt’s painting in the Far East tradition.  In fact, prior to westernization, shadow in a painting read as “dirty smudges” that a trained fine painter would not do. In contrast to the western tradition of portraits in which an artist may do several paintings from one model, each with a different setting, facial expression, or style to articulate the artist’s ideas, Lin creates one “signature figure” with a neutral expression. There is no indication of mood except a minimal area of white on or around the pupil, sufficient to suggest its context. He gave the portrait a clean (without shadow), universal (no individuality) look. Perhaps it is passive aggression, or more appropriately, an aggressive submissiveness, which many Westerners generalize as the Asian behavior toward outsiders. As a result, we often hear the comment “an outsider will never be truly accepted in an Asian society, particularly Japan”. 

When meeting with the public, Lin appears to be shy, quiet, and humble. Like his signature figure, he is projecting a “quiet space” for his audience to create their own context, a humble motivation, and quite effective. As art critic Yi Tze Guo so appropriately compared Lin Chia-Hung to Yoshitomo Nara, she commented “The manga/cartoonish style of his (Lin’s) characters manifests the young generations’ bantering attitude/humor; while on the other hand, the emotional layers under the seemingly serene surface are reminiscent of the subtle aesthetics of classic humanism.”
One could say that Lin’s work is the Taiwanese Yoshitomo.  

Furthermore, Edward Lucie-Smith in ARTODAY stated his observation that “The main difference (between the period from 1960 to the present and the first six decades of the twentieth century) is to be found in plurality, absence of hierarchy, and a vast expansion of the cultural base.” Any art movement has to build upon a former art platform, which we call heritage or tradition. The Pop Art movement in the US in the 60s from Andy Warhol certainly was no exception. What is Warhol’s heritage? We might say the late Modernism when commercialism started rising, which is very different from Japanese Pop Art star Takashi Murakami’s heritage in Japanese art, which combines westernization with commercialism. However, in Japan and Taiwan, while the Pop Art movement permeates into all forms of traditional art, we would also expect a society so repressed with rules and discipline to be cautious and play it safe for the act of Pop Art liberty. In Murakami’s case, he stands on the shoulders of sophisticated prints from fine art in the Emperor’s court down to the fabric design in the common market place. In terms of subject he tactfully blends fashion, commercial objects, advertisements, and even western performance. While his painting in the olden days would have been taken as wallpaper, it is now deliberately portrayed as fine art work in major Museums around the world. Lin’s painting is a continuation of the Pop Art movement in the Far East, constrained, but liberated nevertheless.

Surely no one doubts that Art is an important communication tool, and if one were to measure its success by how many people an art form has reached, Pop Art would rank most highly in the West, while in Japan, Manga would be the first of the first. The sheer number of people under Manga’s influence emphasizes its importance.

Pop Art is fine art. Lin’s painting is the meeting place where painterly tradition merges into the animated computer world, a 21st century Far East phenomenon that few westerners have shifted gears to enter, look, and understand.

Lin Chia-Hung’s manga style painting has won him many awards in international Art Expos. His paintings are in the collection of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.

YV art museum is open to the public Thursday-Sunday from 1PM-6PM.  CAI’s admission fee is $5 for students & seniors and $10 for adults. 

Rally to Stop October 3 Raids and Mass Detentions of Cambodian Refugees

Rally to Stop October 3 Raids and Mass Detentions of Cambodian Refugees
Impacted Families to Protest Against 279% Spike in Cambodian American Deportations

Boston, Massachusetts—Asian American Resource Workshop and the Asian Outreach Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services will hold a rally to protest the most recent round of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids on Cambodian community members. ICE has planned raids and mass detentions targeting Cambodian Americans for removal on October 3, 2019 across the country, including in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts rally is part of a nationwide series of protests against the mass detentions and deportations of Southeast Asians next week.

Southeast Asian Americans are the largest refugee community in U.S. history. A majority of Cambodians impacted by the upcoming deportation roundups arrived in the U.S. as children with their families as refugees fleeing the war and genocide in Southeast Asia. Mass detentions and removals of Cambodian Americans have happened approximately every four months under the current administration. From 2017 to 2018, deportations of Cambodians from the U.S. jumped by 279 percent.

Who: Community organizations and impacted families
What: Rally to protest ICE raids and mass detentions of Cambodian community
When: Monday, September 30, 2019, from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Outside the JFK Federal Building, located at 15 Sudbury St, Boston, MA 02114

ACTIVISTS OPPOSE CHINA FLAG-RAISING AT BOSTON CITY HALL

ACTIVISTS  OPPOSE CHINA FLAG-RAISING AT BOSTON CITY HALL
HONG KONGERS,  TIBETANS, UYGHURS,  TAIWANESE & CHINESE PROTEST
CHINA’S REPRESSIVE POLICIES DURING 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

BOSTON - Human rights activists from Hong Kong, Tibet, East Turkestan (Xinjiang), China and Taiwan today announced their opposition to the raising of China’s national flag for the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) at Boston City Hall. Citing unprecedented levels of repression and violence by the Chinese government, both in China and the territories under Chinese control, along with seven decades of unrelenting repression targeting the Uyghur and Tibetan people, the activists stated their opposition to the flag-raising ceremony planned to mark the October 1st anniversary on Sunday, September 29th. 

In a joint statement the activists in Boston said: 

“We join countless people of conscience around the world who are opposed to the Chinese Communist Party and believe the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China is no cause for celebration. The unprecedented levels of violence and repression we see in China and Chinese-controlled territories today, including Tibet, East Turkestan (Xinjiang), Inner Mongolia and now even Hong Kong,  affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people and must be vigorously opposed by all freedom-loving people. Boston is the birthplace of the American independence movement and it should not play host to, nor celebrate, the totalitarian Chinese state which denies its own people their basic rights and freedoms, has at least 1.5 million Uyghur and Muslim people locked up in concentration camps, restricts access to Tibet and has made it the largest open-air prison in the world, and is now hell-bent on undermining democracy in Hong Kong and beating the people into submission.” 

A joint protest is planned at the flag-raising event at Boston City Hall Plaza from 11am-1pm,  Sunday, September 29th, 2019. Similar protests are planned for 69 cities around the world this weekend.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

第九屆中美健康峰會探討如何建造可持續衛生健康體系

中美健康峰會工作團隊和志願者合影。(周菊子攝)
部分嘉賓及出席者合影。(周菊子攝)
              (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)第九屆中美健康峰會(U.S. – China Health Summit)的美國波士頓場,日前在400多人出席,逾百中美專家,醫院院長雲集,探討中美都面對的建立可持續發展的衛生健康體系這重要議題聲中落幕。112日至3日,該會將轉往武漢東湖賓館,舉辦中國場會議。
中美健康峰會總書記馬晶(左)頒發培訓證書給中國國家衛健委
能力建設與繼續教育中心主任楊愛平
。(周菊子攝)
              根據中美健康峰會官網中文版,中國衛生部和美國健康與人類服務部於2011年正式簽署定期對話備忘錄後,該會每年在中美兩國輪流舉辦,藉以促進中美兩國醫療健康產業高階層人士與未來領袖的合作及交流。2017年起,因應需求,還改成每年在中美兩國各辦一場。
              在擔任中美健康峰會主席的哈佛大學醫學院人口醫學系教授暨中國健康創新與轉化中心主任馬晶領導下,今年的峰會,不僅有逾百名醫療衛生政策制定者,公私立醫院院長,醫學教研機構,以及醫藥相關企業界人士專程從中國趕來參會,還首次增加了一場醫療健康創新與投融資論壇
北京協和醫學院公共衛生學院院長劉遠立談"健康中國2030計畫"。
(周菊子攝)
              馬晶表示,近年來美國人民為醫療費用高漲頭痛,中國也面對出生率下降,人口老齡化的挑戰,而與此同時,醫療科技的快速日新月異,既擴大且提高了可治癒病種,卻又可能昂貴,還不易得到,如何在人們可負擔情況下,有效率的應用創新醫療科技來治病,改善人們的身體健康,變得十分迫切。今年的峰會,因此特地聚焦在” 建立可持續發展的衛生健康體系”。
              926日及27日這為期兩日的會議,第一天是側重在創新與投融資上,分為3場論壇,另有特別邀請到會的麻省理工學院商學院副院長黃亞生,講談中美脫鉤對美國高新技術產業的影響",甘迺迪家族辦公室Park Agency企業董事Stephen Kennedy Smith相互依存時代下的醫療健康
哈佛教授傅高義(右)和伍人英對談"中美關係何去何從"。
(周菊子攝)
              黃亞生指出,中美經濟"脫鉤",會對中美兩國都造成極大的長期影響,美國的高科技產業會受損害,並影響到全球科學發展,但美國在科技領域的發展,仍將領先世界,並且包括中國在內的惠及全球。中國社會不該因為川普(Trump)在損害美國發展而開心。
              3場論壇的主題演講,依序由哈佛醫學院遺傳學教授George ChurchIora 健康創始人兼執行長Rushika FernandopullePear Therapeutics創始人兼執行長Corey McCann主講了成本創新、預防罕見及常見病學會飛翔:建構以人為本的新型初級醫療數位醫療,內褲侏儒和處方藥數位療法(Digital Health, Underpants Gnomes, and Prescription Digital Therapeutics)”
麻省理工學院史隆管理學院副院長黃亞生談中美經濟脫鉤的影響。
(周菊子攝)
              George Church指出,大多數的創新生物科技,可負擔性都是關鍵問題。他提出兩種降低價格的建議,完全轉向預防,或把某些療法轉為預防,此外應該聚焦常見病,以期做臨床實驗的固定開銷,可由更多人來分攤。他擔心的是,最常見的病大都和年齡引起的衰老有關。
              Rushika Fernandopulle表示,現有的醫療服務提供模式不充足,將來的新模式大概和人們現在看到的都不一樣,關鍵是要根據消費者的需求來打造服務提供模式。新進入市場者,將在帶動行業向前上,扮演重要腳色。
梁王淵恒(右起)主持生物製藥知識產權座談。崔粲,Jonathan Darrow,
Jeffrey J. Ellison等人與談。(周菊子攝)
              Corey McCann南園(South Park)”卡通片的內褲侏儒(Underpants Gnomes)”,來形容醫療健保行業的經營。內褲侏儒的第一階段是收集內褲,醫藥健保行業數位化的第一步是收集大數據,但第二步要做什麼,最後才達到盈利目的呢?他認為,得到法規機構授權,基於所創造的價值來補償費用,將是趨勢。該公司Pear就有美國食品及藥物管理局認證的商標和功效聲明,進而藉由定價和報銷途徑來反映其在健康上的經濟價值。他表示,處方數位療法(Prescription Digital Therapeutics)是下一代的主流治療方案。
Rushika Fernandopule (左起)主持"誰為創新買單"座談,謝懿立,
湯敏超,Stephen Knight, Beth Bierbower, Michael Greeley與談。
(周菊子攝)
              3場論壇各有的圓桌討論,創新展示,分別探討了精準醫學的新前沿細胞治療與基因治療誰為創新買單智慧醫療,以合理的成本提供高質量的服務智慧醫療變革醫療服務模式
              出席與談者,包括啟菡生物及eGenesis執行長楊璐菡,愛康國賓創始人張黎剛,阿里健康院前運長蘇凌雲等多名備受矚目的醫療健康產業年輕後進,以及復星健康控股總裁謝懿立,松禾資本合夥人吳越,易創科技執行長湯敏超,廣州達博生物執行長周曉鴻,推想科技北美執行長鄧昱楓,Partners Healthcare副總裁Joseph Kvedar等等企業首長。
David Mou (左起)主持智慧醫療座談,張犁剛,Joseph Kvedar,
Corey McCann, 蘇凌雲與談。(周菊子攝)
              另外還有一場特別論壇,邀來美富律師事務所的崔粲和哈佛醫學院政策、治療與法律中心助理教授Jonathan DarrowClark+Elbing合夥人Jeffrey J. Ellison,從法律角度談"生物製藥創新的知識產權保護與監管
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              第二天的會議主旨是建立可持續發展的衛生健康體系,有五場論壇或圓桌討論,分別是"衛生體系與醫療機構間的學習與比較建立可持續發展的整合型醫療衛生體系以價值為基礎的保險和醫療品質中國公共衛生與醫療服務的未來美國公共衛生與醫療服務的未來,以及東亞問題著名學者傅高義(Ezra Vogel)和哈佛大學法學院教授伍人英(Mark Wu)中美關係何去何從午餐討論。
              傅高義直言,時移勢易,中國不但早已不再貧弱,在經濟,尤其是武力的發展上,以及對亞洲、非洲,印度的影響力越來越大,更已使得美國對中國,開始戒慎警備,兩國之間的關係,看來並不樂觀,恐怕會持續緊張。但兩國合作,才是解決世上問題的最好方向。
              伍人英認為,中美兩國關係演變至今,關鍵之一是核心價值觀大相逕庭。許多人以為,關係不好,都是因為貿易戰,其實不那麼單純。
美國中華醫學基金會主席陳致和(Lincoln Chen)。(周菊子攝)
              "衛生體系與醫療機構間的學習與比較這場論壇中,有兩位特邀嘉賓。美國中華醫學基金會主席陳致和(Lincoln Chen),以及湖北省人民醫院院長暨武漢大學副校長唐其柱。
              陳致和回顧洛克菲勒基金會在1914年成立中華醫學基金會,協助中國醫院現代化,建成北京協和醫學院,以及其教學醫院,為中國培養了許多醫療衛生人才。該會也協助中國從海外引進人才。中美健康峰會創始人劉遠立,就是6年前經該會引介,從哈佛大學到中國,擔任北京協和醫學院公共衛生學院院長的。
哈佛格林健保研究院醫療長 Michael Sherman。(周菊子攝)
              唐其柱以中國傳統醫學在控制預防主要慢性病中的作用為題,闡述中國人的壽命普遍加長了,但在主要慢性病的控制和預防上,仍不樂觀。心血管病,癌症,糖尿病的發病率與死亡率都更高了,染患者的年齡還在降低中。中國為改善人民身體健康,已於2019年推出”2030健康中國計劃
              這場論壇,另有兩名嘉賓做主旨演講,分別是哈佛大學醫學院人口醫學系系主任暨哈佛格林健保醫護研究所(Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute )主任Richard Platt,主管麻州健康(MassHealth)及麻州聯邦醫療補助計畫的麻州衛生廳助理署長蔡維翰(Daniel Tsai)
中國衛健委衛生發展研究中心衛生服務體系研究部副部長黃二丹。
(周菊子攝)
              Richard Platt真實世界證據和學習型醫療體系為主題,發表了一段演講。他簡介了過去十年來,他和人合作建立了 一個有7000萬人提供新數據的全國醫療產品監測系統,哨兵(Sentinel)”公共衛生項目,希望到2020年時,90%的門診決策可以反映出來採用了最好的可得證據。他強調,中美在健康醫療上應該,也必須合作。
武漢大學副校長唐其柱(中)和校友合影。(周菊子攝)
              蔡維翰綜述了麻州的醫療健保體系結構,概況與開銷。他表示,麻州的全民健康醫療保險涵蓋率已高達97%,遠高於美國各州平均數,其中大約50%60%是由商業醫保提供,20%30%是由他負責承辦的麻州健康(MassHealth)項目來提供醫療保險(Medicare),以及為貧窮,殘障等等人口提供的醫療補助(Medicaid)。整個麻州的政府預算,約有40%都是花在醫療保險上。他也談到麻州健康重整架構,藉由負責任醫療護理組織(Accountable Care Organization,簡稱ACOs)來根據醫療的價值與結果付費。
甘迺迪家族辦公室Park Agency 企業董事Stephen Kennedy Smith。
(周菊子攝)
              建立可持續發展的整合型醫療衛生體系論壇中,哈佛大學社區健康計劃創辦人Gorgon Moore簡述了美國初級醫療歷史。中美健康峰會理事長William Haseltine,也是中國醫改專家小組顧問和中國老年保健協會會長的北京協和醫學院公共衛生學院院長劉遠立教授,美國醫學保健改善研究院榮休主席Donald M. Berwick,中國國家衛健委衛生發展研究中心衛生服務體系研究部副部長黃二丹,中國河南省人民醫院副院長顧建欽分別做了講談。
劉遠立教授從北京協和醫學院公共衛生創始主席John B. Grant和中國的第一次健康革命開始談起,重點闡述了中國如今重視更預防,治療結果的健康中國2030: 從計劃到行動,包括15項計劃,以及如何使地方領導行動如何使人們改變生活型態等挑戰。
麻州公共衛生署助理署長蔡維翰(Daniel Tsai)和中美健康峰會財政
何淑圭。(周菊子攝)
              黃二丹以中國醫共體改革的政策進展與思考為題,闡述中國在醫療改革上,都已經做了些什麼,包括根據調查結果制定政策,為500多家醫院設計了新的營運體系,把重點放在一般治療上,還強調健康優先,改革及創新,科學發展以及平等上。
              以價值為基礎的保險和醫療品質這論壇中,四川省人民醫院院長鄧紹屏,深圳市人民醫院院長徐勇和密西根大學以價值為基礎的保險設計中心主任Mark Fendrick,哈佛朝聖者醫療研究所醫療長Michael Sherman
愛醫傳遞(Morre Health)創始人朱郡伶專程從加州趕來與會。
(周菊子攝)
              中國公共衛生與醫療服務的未來環節,中國國家衛健委能力建設與繼續教育中心主任楊愛平先發表演講,再和北京醫院副院長奚垣,首都醫科大學北京安貞醫院副院長孔晴宇,雲南瑞奇德醫院院長徐梅,南昌大學第一附屬醫院副院長洪濤座談。
              ”美國公共衛生與醫療服務的未來環節,美國衛生及公共服務醫療研究與質量菊證據與實踐改進中心主任Arlene Bierman先發表演講,再和CVS 微診所(Minute Clinic)前任執行長Marc-David Munk,哈佛醫學院人口醫學系精準醫學研究中心主任暨副教授Christine LuAtrius 健康社區醫療聯盟醫療長Joe Kimura,麻州公共衛生署傳染病局醫學主任Alfred Demaria座談。
愛康國賓創始人張犁剛將加入中美健康峰會董事行列。(周菊子攝)
              中美健康峰會現有9名董事,創始主席為哈佛傑出教授Barry Bloom,現任主席為國際ACCESS健康創辦人William Haseltine,總書記為哈佛副教授馬晶,財務為奧洛瑞(Aurora)執行長何淑圭,董事有哈佛中國基金主席柯偉林(William Kirby),北京協和醫學院公共衛生學院院長劉遠立,清華大學史瓦茲雯(Schwarzman)學院院長薛瀾,北極光創投執行長鄧鋒。馬晶在會中宣佈,愛康國賓創始人張犁剛將加入成為新董事。

        
哈佛大學醫學院人口醫學系副教授馬晶是中美健康峰會的靈魂人物。
(周菊子攝)