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                                                                                                                                 Senate rivals face off
                                                                                                                                 in civil debate
                                                                                                                                 Caitlin Yoshiko Buysse and              tion, and usury.
                                                                                                                                 Yawu Miller                                 Those issues included: protecting
                                                                                                                                                                         Massachusetts health care standards
                                                                                                                                     If the crowd of more than 800 under national health reform; ensur-
                                                                                                                                 people who filled the Bethel AME ing that documented immigrants
                                                                                                                                 church Sunday were looking for a have health coverage; bringing
                                                                                                                                 dust-up between the four candidates $100 million to Massachusetts for
                                                                                                                                 running for an open U.S. Senate job training; capping interest rates
                                                                                                                                 seat, they went home disappointed.      on private student loans at the same
                                                                                                                                     The Greater                                              rate as federal
                                                                                                                                 Boston Inter-                                                student loans;
                                                                                                                                 faith Organi-                                                making it pos-
                                                                                                                                 zation (GBIO)                                                sible to dis-
                                                                                                                                 activists who                                                charge student
                                                                                                                                 put together            “Every issue                         loans through
                                                                                                                                 the candidates                                               bankruptcy; and
                                                                                                                                 forum discour-
                                                                                                                                 aged verbal spar-
                                                                                                                                                         hit tonight is a                     capping interest
                                                                                                                                                                                              rates at 10 per-
                                                                                                                                 ring by keeping                                              cent.
President Barack Obama speaks at a town hall style event with Chinese youths at the Museum of Science and Technology in
Shanghai, China, Monday, Nov. 16, 2009. (AP photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
                                                                                                                                 the candidates
                                                                                                                                 focused on a
                                                                                                                                                         homerun.”                               Perhaps
                                                                                                                                                                                              because the
                                                                                                                                 narrow agenda,               — Rep. Michael candidates are
                                                                                                                                 asking them to                                               running to fill

Chinese-Americans see                                                                                                            answer yes or no
                                                                                                                                 to supporting
                                                                                                                                 their four legis-
                                                                                                                                 lative priorities.
                                                                                                                                                                         Capuano a seat held by
                                                                                                                                                                                              Edward Ken-
                                                                                                                                                                                              nedy, a stalwart
                                                                                                                                                                                              liberal during

Obama’s trip in unique light                                                                                                         “Usually                                                 his nearly five
                                                                                                                                 when you come to events like this, decades in the Senate, the candidates
                                                                                                                                 the candidates come to the stage to have advanced nearly uniform posi-
                                                                                                                                 share their platform of issues they tions on major issues.
Jesse Washington                           strong,” said David Zhang, a New          lending you money,” said Nanci              have prioritized,” said Reverend            While there were few disagree-
                                           York City physician who immi-             Zhang (no relation to David), a             Hurmon Hamilton, pastor of Rox- ments Sunday, the differences be-
   As President Barack Obama visits        grated to America at age 25. “The         22-year-old Los Angeles resident.           bury Presbetyrian Church presi- tween candidates were revealed in
China seeking to balance a seesaw-         U.S. cannot leave China, and China        “But you can’t quite conceive of one        dent of the GBIO. “But not tonight. their style.
ing relationship, Chinese-Ameri-           cannot leave the U.S. It’s symbiotic,     brother without the other.”                 Tonight they have come to hear              Going in alphabetical order, U.S.
cans embody the challenges facing          like an organism.”                            Nanci Zhang was born in Bei-            our platform, presented by our real Rep. Michael Capuano kicked off
the giants of East and West.                   The Great Recession has bound         jing and moved with her parents to          people, who will tell real stories to the forum, stressing his track record
   They have as many different feel-       the two nations even tighter, and         the United States when she was 3. In        illustrate the issues that are our pri- of championing many issues GBIO
ings about their ancestral home —          given China greater influence.            her American schools, she remem-            orities.”                               is now pushing during his 11 years in
hope, indifference, pride, pain — as       America borrowed unprecedented            bers China’s long history being cele-           GBIO was instrumental in pass- the House.
there are characters in the Chinese        sums to resuscitate itself. China,        brated while its present was ignored.       ing health care reform legislation in       “Every issue hit tonight is a
language. Yet many share a convic-         which needs American consumers            Now she sees her homeland coming            Massachusetts and brought together homerun,” Capuano said and ex-
tion that is both logical and personal:    to fuel its growth, supplied much of      to America’s economic rescue, and           over 40 religious organizations and plained that his voting record and
The destinies of China and America         that cash and is America’s largest for-   “it’s kind of validating.”                  nearly 800 of their congregation work in Congress demonstrate his
are inseparable.                           eign lender.                                  About three million U.S. resi-          members to challenge the Demo- commitment to the issues. He also
   “Each one is dependent on                   “It’s like that little brother you    dents are of Chinese descent, ac-           cratic candidates on issues of health went beyond many of GBIO’s policy
the other to make their economy            always used to pick on, and now he’s                Obama, continued to page 18       care, jobs, access to higher educa-                Senate, continued to page 6

                                                                                       scribes as “not very
Transracial adoptions                                                                  diverse.”
                                                                                          The open letter,

earning more respect                                                                   Mrs. Riley explained,
                                                                                       “was more out of
                                                                                       wanting to protect
                                                                                       our own family.” So
Kendra Stanton Lee                                       far, Riley says, she has yet to encounter anyone
                                                         who has not been supportive of their decision.
    When Lynn and Kevin Riley brought home                    That wasn’t always the case with transracial
their son Jack from the hospital, Mrs. Riley dis-        adoptions. Fifteen years ago, the issue reached a
tributed a letter to family, neighbors and friends to    head. At the heart of the debate was the fact that
“invite open conversation.”                              the foster care system had a disproportionately
    With respect to Jack, she wrote, “No question        high number of black children. On average black
is a wrong question. If I can’t answer, I’ll be honest   children languished in foster care nine months
and know you will understand. Please ask the             longer than white children before moving to
question, rather than have this be a taboo ques-         permanent homes.
tion.”                                                       After intense debate, the Multiethnic Place-
    This was, perhaps, not the typical birth an-         ment Act (MEPA) passed both the Houses and
nouncement. But this was also not the typical            the Senate, and later signed into law by Presi-
story of bringing home a baby.                           dent Bill Clinton. The law prohibits an adop-
    The Rileys, who had already had two biologi-         tion agency that receives federal funding from
cal children, Madison and Emily, adopted Jack            discriminating on the basis of race, color or na-
in 2003 through the Massachusetts state agency           tionality in placing a child in an adoptive or foster
now known as the Department of Children and              family.
Families (DCF). The Rileys, who are white, were              One part of the law directed state agencies to      Debi and Craig Miller and their daughter Mackenzie enjoy a family moment. Transracial adoptions are
bringing Jack, who is African American, to their         recruit more adoptive parents of the same race as       on the rise throughout the state and the Millers are just one of countless multi-racial families through-
home in Millis, a community that Mrs. Riley de-                               Adoption, continued to page 21     out the nation. (Photo courtesy of the Millers)

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