Adam Cheung says farewell to Mike Lowney
[T]o me, Big Mike was mostly a person who came by the school to visit my Sifu [teacher], a white guy who spoke Cantonese and Taishanese and had studied countless types of Kung Fu both in Chinatown, Hong Kong, and China. He was well known for his loyalty to his Sifu, which many Chinese saw as uncharacteristic for most American students. He had embraced the Chinese culture full on and even become somewhat of a legend to a generation between mine and his of young Chinese men who took it upon themselves to recount his great exploits to me. ...
"He would break those big rocks and bricks and walk around carrying a sword like one of those 'dai hup'" a Wuxia Hero. The closest thing to that image in American culture would be a cowboy... and more recently Kung Fu Panda (the first one) makes fun of this image with Po imagining himself to be the wandering hero. But to many in Chinatown, including Chinese, Big Mike was the real deal.
The Boston Licensing Board last week meted out seven days of suspension for Agoros Bar and Grill, 356 Chestnut Hill Ave. for incidents in February and April in which BPD detectives found underage college students quaffing beers. Read more.
The Herald reports on the noise battle between residents of the luxury AVA apartments on Stuart Street and Bijou, the club next to which their high rise was built.
A routine hearing on underage foreign students with fake IDs trying to get into a Theater District club could turn into a Homeland Security investigation because one of them allegedly tried to get into another club the next week with a forged US passport. Read more.
The Herald reports on the arraignment of a Chinatown resident and four others on charges they forced women from Queens to work as prostitutes for 12 hours a day with no pay at brothels in Chinatown, Quincy, Cambridge and North Reading.
The alcohol-infused straw that broke the camel's back was a 19-year-old Babson student with fake Nigerian and Indian driver's licenses and a photocopy of a Photoshopped British passport whom BPD detectives found with a shot of tequila in her hand inside Venu around 1:30 a.m. on March 4. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports East Ocean City on Beach Street has ceased to be.
Amateras, a 40-seat ramen bar at 112 South St. could open in a couple of months. Read more.
The T reports "minor" delays on the Orange Line.
Sampan reports a restaurant specializing in poke - sort of sushi in a bowl - is planning an outlet at 20 Tyler St.
Marc Ebuña had some time for some selfie action on the inbound Orange Line just before Tufts Medical Center due to a disabled train somewhere ahead of him, his cat, and the other riders on the train around 4:20 p.m. As of 4:55 p.m., everything seemed clear, though.
Strollercat furor on the Red Line.
Over at Boston Chinatown Blog, Adam Cheung reports he was recently contacted by somebody in Asia seeking any leads on the whereabouts of his father, who, the last he knew, was living in Boston and working at a company called Four Seas. The man would be 81 this year.