BOSTON, Sept. 14, 2017, – This week the Boston City Council adopted a resolution authored by President Michelle Wu which calls on the U.S. Congress to pass H.R. 2358 / S.1050 The Chinese American World War II Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act. At a time when the total Chinese American population in the U.S. and Hawaii was approximately 120,000 people, 20,000 Chinese Americans enlisted in the armed services. Almost half of those who served were not American citizens due to the limitations of the Chinese Exclusion Act.
President Wu thanks volunteers of her reelection campaign.
Boston, July 14, 2017, — Tenants from Mass Pike Towers, a 200-unit low-income housing development in Boston Chinatown, staged a protest today with supporters to highlight an ongoing dispute over the tenant association’s right to purchase the tenants’ homes according to a 2000 agreement between Trinity Financial and the Mass Pike Towers Tenant Association.
Boston, July 7, 2017, — Chinatowns across the country face the threat of gentrification despite their historical and current importance as cultural and political sanctuaries for the Asian American community. Boston’s Chinatown is no exception, with its borders seeing rapid erosion in recent years. In its 30 years of community building, the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) has been integral to the movement of preserving Boston’s Chinatown, with creative placemaking as part of its core mission since 2013.
Boston, June 8, 2017, — Just as Asian American Civic Association(AACA) is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary on June 9, Chau-ming Lee, the long-time executive director of AACA, passed away on June 6. Mr. Lee has dedicated his life to server the immigrant communities in the greater Boston area.
By Gilbert Ho, Chinatown Main Street
April 29, 2017, Thank you to all volunteers coming out today to help keep Chinatown Clean, and the weather is gorgeous, Chinatown Main Street Chairman Rick Wong, Board of Directors, and many volunteers.
(L to R)Rick Wong, volunteers from Tufts University, Courtney Ho and Gilbert Ho pose for a picture.
Boston, April 2, 2017, — The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and the Chinese Progressive Association celebrated the graduation of their fourth class of the Pre-Vocational Skills with ESOL for Retail Employment training program recently. Nine students graduated, with three having already begun work in their new customer service positions.
By Chinatown Community Land Trust
Parcel 12 by the Double Tree Hotel and Parcel R1 on Tyler Street
Boston, Dec. 31, 2016, — Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) employee Lai Chan is recognized by Blue Hills Bank as one of the 2017 Hometown Heroes. Lai Chan (pictured below) will be featured in the Bank’s fifth annual Hometown Hero Calendar, which honors 12 groups or individuals who go above and beyond to make our community a better place to live and work.
Boston, Dec. 12, 2016, — Good Shepherd Community Care welcomes Dr. Walter J. Lee (Brighton) as one of the newest members to its Board of Directors.
Dr. Lee has been providing care as an Internal Medicine and Primary Care Physician since he began his internship and residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in 1981. Dr. Lee is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his graduate and undergratuate studies at Northeastern. He also ranked Major and served in the United States Army from 1975 to 1987. Dr. Lee continues to maintain faculty appointments at both Tufts and Northeastern University. His long list of professional affiliations includes the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Directors Association and he is a past President of the Chinese-American Medical Society.
Dr. Lee brings to Good Shepherd a wealth of community engagement experience and has been providing care for Chinese patients in the Greater Boston area for 35 years. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center and sees patients at many nursing homes.
“We are so grateful to Dr. Lee for his commitment to the community and to Good Shepherd’s mission and welcome him to our volunteer Board of Directors,” states Tim Boon, President and CEO. “Dr. Lee embodies the kind of dedication to service for others that makes Good Shepherd Community Care possible.”
Good Shepherd recently launched its Asian Hospice Program with Chinese-speaking staff to care for the growing Chinese patient population in Greater Boston. “We are honored to have Dr. Lee as a part of Good Shepherd” explains Lola Tom, Director of Asian Program and Community Development. “His insights and decades of working with the Chinese elderly patients will be invaluable to us as we continue building out our Asian program and expanding end-of-life services in the community.”
Good Shepherd Community Care is not-for-profit, non-sectarian and one of the most trusted health care organizations in Greater Boston focusing on hospice and palliative care. Its specialty hospice programs include adult and pediatric palliative care, a Russian Hospice Program, Asian Hospice Program and Good Shepherd Institute, a community resource for training, education and research about end-of-life issues.
Please visit www.gscommunitycare.org for more information. To make a referral, please call 617.969.6130.
[Alicia Yu was selected as the winner of 2016 Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) Boston Essay Contest. The award ceremony was recently held at CACA Boston’s annual meeting in Boston Chinatown. The essay was written after watching the documentary of Honor and Duty: Mississippi Delta Chinese.]
Esther Lee (2nd from right), president of CACA Boston, hands the award check to Alicia Yu.
By: Sherry Dong, President of Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE)
We kicked off our 2016 program year with an animated annual dinner last October. Thank you to our sponsors, board members, volunteers, attendees, Sojourner awardees Arthur Wong and Gary Libby, and to our excellent key note presenters, Francis Chin and Vincent Lau. We asked them to discuss the Chinese American immigration experience, as we recognized 2015 as the 50th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which eliminated the National Origins quotas. They took us back to the future/past of the Chinese American immigration experience in a lively, interactive and engaging presentation.
Sherry Dong(first on the right), Peter Chan(middle) and Susan Chinsen hand out 2016 Sojourner Award to South Cove Community Health Center.
By Xinming Li, bostonese.com
Boston, Oct. 8, 2016, Xiamen University(XMU) America Alumni Association Annual Meeting held its 2016 annual meeting today at Empire Garden in Boston Chinatown. Over 100 Xiamen University alumni from across the US attended the annual meeting with honor guest Vice President Zhan Xinli of Xiamen University.
Zhan Xinli (fourth from right), Dr. Xinsheng Zhu, president of New England XMU Alumni Association and others pose for a picture.
By Ming Zhou, bostonese.com
Sept. 23, 2016, Boston, — As part of National Renter’s Day of Action in 50 cities around the country, hundreds of protesters marched from the Greater Boston Real Estate Board in downtown Boston to the Reggie Wong Park on Kneeland Street in Chinatown.
Members of Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) gather in downtown Boston at start of the march.
By Michael Liu
Spet. 22, 2016, — Community Land Trusts have spread across the U.S. to sustain the type of land and buildings that most of its residents need.
As the wealthy move into particular areas and drive up prices for land and housing, longtime residents often get pushed out of their neighborhoods. With the influx of luxury housing into Chinatown since 2000, longtime row house owners with limited resources for needed repairs are selling to new investors for top dollar, and low-income tenants are evicted in favor of higher-paying renters. Today’s prices—more than a million dollars for a brick row house in disrepair—are driven by the wild rise and fall of the market more than the actual condition of the building.
Board members of CCLT at a meeting of Chinatown Residents Association earlier this year. (photo by Xinming Li, bostonese.com)
HOME TOWN: RE-PRESENTING BOSTON’S CHINATOWN AS PLACE OF PEOPLE – THEN AND NOW
Sept. 10 – Oct. 2, 2016
BOSTON, Sept. 17, 2016– The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and the Chinese Progressive Association celebrated the graduation of its second class of Pre-Vocational Skills with ESOL for Retail Employment training program. Eight students graduated, with five having already found work in the customer service industry.