On Saturday night, March 30th, I was blessed with
gift. It was given to me by my new friend William Tauro, of
Bill Tauro is the publisher of a number of local newspapers
CO-Publisher of The Somerville News, and Publisher of Boston News Group. Com.
When I first met Bill Tauro I observed his love for many things such as
business, and cars. What I recognized this night was that
Bill loves people……..
and they love him.
You may wonder what type of gift would inspire me to write
Possibly a couple of free tickets to the Red Sox opening day game,
business opportunity to make thousands, or even an all expense paid trip
Italy might motivate my turning on my computer? Sorry, the answer is, none of
What Bill Tauro gifted to me is something money cannot buy,
the gift of
friendship complimented by cultural diversity.
It all started when Bill invited me to an event held at the
Restaurant in Boston, located in the heart of the Chinatown
celebration was hosted by Mr. Danny Yuen, Mr. Hung Goon, and the
Family Association. It was a Chinese New Year banquet to welcome in
‘Year of the Snake’.
As we walked into the packed room this gala celebration
hosted of over
four hundred Asian speaking people. I observed from the onset the
welcome they gave to Bill, and his charming wife, Marisa. On the way into
this event I felt a small amount of apprehension which was extinguished with
every handshake and smile. As a virtual stranger I was greeted with great
respect. In an instant these folks made me feel incredibly comfortable, and
of all, welcomed.
Although I am somewhat fluent in two foreign languages,
Chinese is not
one of them. However, without the ability to speak their language
understood that these people are extremely family orientated. They
great respect for one another, and are respectful to all. The smiles on
their faces demonstrate not only happiness, but sincerity, honestly, and
The evening program started with the famous traditional
Having never experienced this type of ceremonial demonstration in
can only say, ‘there is nothing like it’. These two colorful
dancing dragons are historically symbolic in the Chinese culture. They
demonstrate integrity and power, and are believed to bring to people good
dignity, fertility, and wisdom.
As the night moved forward I understood something else. The
population in Boston are political power houses. There were so many members of
City Council present they could have potentially broken the
Open Meeting Law. Other officials in attendance were
Middlesex County Sheriff
Koutoujian, the State Treasurer Grossman, and even
Deputy Director General Chen
from the Taipei economic and cultural office in
The various platters of authentic food constantly flowed onto
tablecloth linens. I lost count of the various courses served once it
the eighth! The only way to handle this feast was to eat a small sample of
Incidentally, did I fail to mention, that this event housed a
collective sense of humor which could compete with any professional
show. No, I’m not referring to South Boston City Councilor Linehan, who
magnificently sang an Elvis Presley song. I’m talking about the
own speakers who repeatedly took shots at themselves, and
missing a beat.
No stuffed shirts are within the Goon Shee Family Association, located here
The Chinese culture has successfully woven itself into the
fabric of our
nation. Throughout American history they have helped build this
just as the Irish, Italians, Jewish, and many other ethnic groups. As a
humble people, they have continued to carefully blend into the American way
life without forfeiting their own identity, or heritage.
The Boston Chinese community should be proud of their
am grateful to have been a participant at their gala event
welcoming in the
‘Year of the Snake’.
Marisa Tauro and Isabella Koutoujian