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A Spoonful of Ginger

03.28.12 / Emmy Yamaguchi

ARC Principal, Been Wang, oversees the architectural design of many of the office’s academic, laboratory, and corporate projects.

Since 2005, Joslin Diabetes Center hosts the annual “Spoonful of Ginger” event which benefits the Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI).  The event brings together world-class chefs featuring healthy, delicious and diabetic-friendly dishes in order to educate the public that eating right does not have to be flavorless. 

This year, Been Wang, AIA, a principal at ARC, was honored for his many years of support within the organization.  Been has been passionate about working with the AADI to raise awareness on the rapid growing diabetes epidemic in the Asian American community and is dedicated to help fundraise for research, better treatments and prevention through education.

Been commented, “Twenty years ago, only 2% of Asian-Americans were living with diabetes. Today it is 12%.  Joslin and AADI’s research is crucial in uncovering the reasons for this astounding increase as well as educating people about diabetes and finding a cure.”

There were over 400 attendees this year and the event took place at the Museum of Fine Arts’ newly constructed Art of Americas Wing. A number of the area’s top chefs and restaurants participated including: Jasper White (Summer Shack), Basho Japanese Brasserie, Tim Partridge (Bravo), Alvin Tsang & James Outhay (Cafénation), Roberta L. Dowling (Cambridge School of Culinary Arts), Wesley Chen (Changsho), Chinatown Café, David Wong (Empire Garden), Joanne Change (Flour Bakery + Café & Myers + Chang), Gordon Hamersley (Hamersley’s Bistro), Sue George (Harvard Sweet Boutique), Jerry Pabla (Mantra), Masala Art, Gilbert Tsang (Mem Tea Imports), Shabu-Zen, Evan Deluty (Stella), Jose Duarte (Taranta), Andy Husbands (Tremont 647), Xinh Xinh, Yasu.

About Joslin Diabetes Center:

Joslin Diabetes Center is the world’s largest diabetes research center, diabetes clinic, and provider of diabetes education. It is located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  Among the Harvard Medical School Affiliated institutions, Joslin is unique in its sole focus on diabetes. Joslin has the world’s largest team of board-certified physicians treating diabetes and its complications, as well as the largest staff of Certified Diabetes Educators anywhere in the world.


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