Monday, April 20, 2020
New Sampan Article: Malden's First Chinese Restaurant
--The Fall River Daily Herald, November 20, 1888
As I mentioned previously, I have a new writing gig, contributing to Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English Newspaper in New England. My first article for the Sampan was In Search of the First Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown. My second article, Malden’s First Chinese Restaurant, is now available online.
Today, Malden has plenty of excellent Chinese restaurants but when was the first Chinese restaurant founded? In my new article, you'll learn about the first Chinese restaurant, which was established in Malden in 1912, but which ran into significant political opposition. I also mention a few of my current favorite Malden Chinese restaurants, including Spicy World, Yong Yong and District Kitchen.
I'm now working on my next article for the Sampan, and thinking of ideas for future articles.
What is a "sampan?" The newspaper's site states, "A sampan is a popular river boat in traditional China. This small but useful vessel, by transporting cargo from large boats to the village ports, creates a channel of communication among villages." And like that type of boat, Sampan delivers news and information all across New England, and "acts a bridge between Asian American community organizations and individuals in the Greater Boston area."
Sampan, which was founded in 1972, is published by the nonprofit Asian American Civic Association, "The newspaper covers topics that are usually overlooked by the mainstream press, such as key immigration legislation, civil rights, housing, education, day-care services and union activities. These issues are crucial to the well-being of Asian immigrants, refugees, low-income families as well as individuals who are not proficient in the English language."
There is plenty of interest in Sampan which will appeal to all types of readers, from restaurant reviews to historical articles, from vital news stories to travel items. In these current days when racism and prejudice against Asians and their restaurants is high, it's more important than ever that accurate information about the Asian community is disseminated and promoted. We need to combat the irrational prejudices that some possess, and support our Asian communities just as we would support any other element of our overall community. We are all important aspects of a whole, and we need to stand together.