Category Archives: English

China’s Development Strategy in A Rapid Changing World

Speech by Wang Tong, Dean of China Development Research Institute
Harvard Law School, August 7, 2018

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

Good evening

It’s a honor to meet you all here at Harvard University to exchange our ideas and discuss about meaningful topics. Being part of a think tank, lately I received the same question many times: what happened to this world? Why do I feel constantly anxious and nervous? My answer is that the world is changing, unprecedentedly in its speed, depth and range. Then their follow-up question would be, then is the world changing for better or worse? I’ll look into their eyes and tell them: it depends on you, your dreams and your actions.

Mr. Wang Tong delivered the speech at Harvard Law School.
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Boston Chinese Catholic Community Celebrates August Moon Festival

By Peter Chan, Boston Chinese Catholic Community(BCCC)

On Sunday, August 12, 2018, the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time was joyfully celebrated at St. James the Greater Church in Boston Chinatown. In the Lower Church the 8:00 AM Mass in English was presided by Fr. Joseph Baggetta.

Staffers at BCCC’s August Moon Festival booth.
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UCA Condemns Trump’s Reported Remarks Implying Chinese Students as Spies

By United Chinese Americans

Washington, DC, August 9, 2018, — United Chinese Americans (UCA), a leading federation of Chinese American organizations across the country, is greatly disturbed by multiple news reports that, at a private dinner with corporate executives in New Jersey on August 7, President Donald Trump spoke in alarming terms about Chinese students studying in America as mostly spies for China.

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FTC Warns Scams Are Much More Common Than You Think

By Olivia Bornstein, bostonese.com

Boston, August 6, 2018, — Have you ever received a phone call from someone claiming to be an authority, saying that you owe money, and threatening to sue, arrest or deport you?

Picture from a recent FTC briefing on scams in Boston (photo by Olivia Bornstein).
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Music Creates Future International Youth Competition Successfully Held at NEC

Boston, — On August 2, 2018, the first Music Creates Future International Youth Competition completed successfully at the New England Conservatory of Music(NEC). The event was
co-organized by the Beijing International Education Exchange Center(BIEE) and the East Coast Cultural Exchange Center (ECCEC) and hosted by the New England Conservatory of Music.

Contestants from China (upper left), USA (upper right), Brazil(lower left) and France (lower right).
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Mayor Walsh and Boston Police Will Lead National Night Out

Boston, August 3, 2018, — Mayor Martin Walsh today announced that he will join Boston Police Superintendent in Chief William Gross, who is set to be sworn in as Police Commissioner on Monday, elected officials, community leaders, clery and residents for the 35th Annual National Night Out celebrations in the City of Boston. The events are focused on celebrating and raising awareness of community policing throughout the City.

Tai Tung Village management team received award at last year’s National Night Out event in Chinatown.
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2018 Asian American Day To Be Celebrated on Sept. 9. We Want You!

July 28, 2018, — The Asian American Day (AADay) was initiated by the Asian American Association of Boston (AAAB) in 2011. The Asian American Day was approved by both the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts in September 2016 and is celebrated on the second Saturday of September every year. bostonese.com is a proud media partner of Asian American Day.

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Mayor Walsh Appoints BPD’s First African American Commissioner

Boston, July 23, 2018 – Mayor Martin Walsh today announced the appointment of William Gross as the City of Boston’s first African American Commissioner of the Boston Police Department (BPD), who will assume the duties and responsibilities of Commissioner William B. Evans who is set to retire from the Boston Police Department on Saturday, August 4. Gross currently serve as as Superintendent in Chief of the Boston Police Department.

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Yuchen Cui Wins Miss International Fashion Travel Pageant Boston

Photos by Olivia Bornstein, bostonese.com

Boston, July 10, 2018, — Miss International Fashion Travel Pageant Boston regional final was held at the Empire Garden Restaurant in Boston Chinatown on July 7. Ten contestants showed their wisdom and beauty to nearly 500 guests in the Qipao, swimsuit and self-introduction, talent show, and Q&A in evening gowns during the contest.

Gary Yu congratulates winner Yuchen Cui(photo credit: Olivia Bornstein).
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One-Month Countdown to The 3rd N. A. Chinese Directors Short Film Tour!

One last month to submit your short films to The 3rd North America Chinese Directors Short Film Tour! Initiated by EnMaze Pictures and co-presented by Blueberry Pictures, North America Chinese Directors Short Film Tour is the platform for overseas Chinese film students to begin their career in the flourishing film industries across the Pacific. This year’s Short Film Tour is estimated to attract over 2000 audiences with a combination of events, including screenings, Q&A sessions, press conferences and interaction sessions with filmmakers and industry specialists in major cities in the US and China.


The 3rd Short Film Tour will focus on broadening, diversifying, and expanding the platform to provide more opportunities for filmmakers. Short Film Tour will premiere at CAA’s headquarter in Los Angeles and tour in major US and Chinese cities, providing marketing opportunities, including coverage by US mainstream media, press conferences, industry fairs, and VC conferences. This year, the Tour will also establish strategic partnership with top platforms and streaming sites to provide a professional development hub for filmmakers.

The Story Behind Your Short Film Tour

Five years ago, being Chinese film students in the US themselves, founders of EnMaze Pictures realized the enormous potential of a community and the common dilemma they’re facing: in the past ten years, film schools in North America that have trained the backbones of today’s Hollywood also cultivated a generation of Chinese student equipped with strong professional skills. However, unlike their fellow American schoolmates who often find paths in Hollywood industry, Chinese film student often have difficulty beginning their career in the film due to their in-between status as an oversea student away from home. This distance limits the change of young filmmakers to exhibit their talents and it is also a great loss for Chinese film industry that is in need of talents who can create universal contents.

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Based on this vision, EnMaze Pictures founded North America Chinese Directors Short Film Tour in 2014 with the goal to scout talented filmmakers and to support them with a warm community. The Tour has travelled far and beyond, helping filmmakers start new adventures in LA, Chicago, NY, Boston, San Francisco, DC, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Chongqing and Xi’an. Through various events in major US and Chinese cities, Short Film Tour has been supporting young filmmakers to jumpstart their careers.

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The first two Tours received over 600 submissions with a stellar jury team consisting of scholars and industry experts, including Dai Jinhua, Peggy Chiao, Terence Chang Chia-Chen, Wuershan, Mabel Cheung, Jeffrey Sharp, Hardy Justice, etc.

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Attendees for the past two Short Film Tours have made incredible achievements in the US and in China. Their projects have been selected by critically acclaimed film festivals as well as global online platforms to showcase their films to audience around the world.

Zao Wang (The Precipice Game, signed by UTA)
Sky Wang (Lost in Apocalypse, signed by CAA)
Dennis Liu (Raising Dion, ordered by Netflix)
Zhao Quan (End of Summer, Audience Award at 22nd BIFF)
Johnny Ma (Old Stone, Best Canadian First Feature Film at 41st TIFF)

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After four years, Short Film Tour has successfully drawn a newly emerging power together to build a community of Chinese filmmakers in the US, creating a creative hub where overseas Chinese film students could communicate and learn from each other.

The 3rd North America Chinese Directors Short Film Tour is now open for submissions. Please visit https://www.shortfilmtour.org/ for more information.
Submit your films before the Aug 1 deadline!

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Interview with Michelle Wu on Boston City Council’s Short-term Rental Ordinance

By Olivia Bornstein, bostonese.com

Boston, June 20, 2018, — There will soon be new rules surrounding nightly rentals in Boston. You might have heard this on radio as Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu spoke about her support for these new rules on local radio stations.

On June 13, the Boston City Council voted 11 to 2 to approve a new ordinance, regulating corporate home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb.com. Mayor Walsh signed the bill two days later. On January 1st, 2019, the bill will be put into practice, effectively limiting short-term rentals to owner-occupants of the properties.

Senator Elizabeth Warren introduces Boston City Council President Michelle Wu (Jan. 2016 file photo).
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Why We All Lose With the Model Minority Myth

By Suzanne Lee and Lydia Lowe

Much is being made of a lawsuit alleging discrimination against Asian American applicants to Harvard University in order to reinforce the narrative that race should no longer be a factor in the admissions process. Plaintiffs allege that Asian American applicants with top scores for academics, test results and extracurricular activities were nonetheless admitted at lower levels than applicants of other races, when factors such as “personality” were taken into consideration. The suit is led by Students for Fair Admissions, a conservative organization that has opposed affirmative action programs on behalf of white applicants in the past.

Workers demand $15/hour minimum wage in Boston(file photo).
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