August 15, 2018, (from jesuitseast.org) – Fr. Denis R. Como, SJ, died peacefully on Aug. 14, at 6:40 a.m. at Campion Center, Weston, Mass. Fr. Como was born on Jan. 3, 1936, and entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 14, 1953, at Shadowbrook, Lenox, Mass. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1966, at Weston College, Weston, Mass. He pronounced his Final Vows on May 30, 1989, at the Jesuit Urban Center, Boston, Mass.
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.
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）.
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).
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).
By Olivia Bornstein, bostonese.com
Boston, April 11, 2018 — The Boston Chinatown Lions Club held its annual “Installation of Officers Dinner” on the evening of June 8. In the heart of Chinatown, at the Empire Garden Restaurant, about 150 members and guests of the Lions Club met to swear in new members, dedicate a new staff of leadership positions and celebrate yet another year of continued humanitarian efforts.
President Goon (4th from right, front row) and members of the Chinatown Lion’s Club pose for a picture.
By Chinese Historical Society of New England
Boston, May 30, 2018, — Welcome to the Chinese American Experiences Mass. Memories Road Show on June 2 at Pao Arts Center in Boston Chinatown. This May, Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) is celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Preservation Month, and we are pleased to collaborate with the Archives & Special Collections Department at UMASS Boston to empower community members to become local preservationists.
Boston, May 24, 2018, — Chinese History Society of New England (CHSNE) announced upcoming broadcasts on the history of Chinese Exclusion Act today. These programs will put a fitting end to the Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
Chinese immigrant detention center on Angel Island in early 1900s.
By John Tsou, bostonese.com photographer
Boston, April 12, 2018, A Taste of Ginger was held on April 9 at Museum of Fine Art with about 300 guests attending. It’s one of Boston’s largest food events of the year benefiting Joslin Diabetes Center’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI). The Moy family, including Ricky Moy, Brian Moy and Patty Moy, were honored at the event for their generous support.
Boston, March 29, 2018, — Chinatown Business Association (CBA) held its first Chinese New Year banquet last night at Empire Garden restaurant in Boston Chinatown. Mayor Walsh and many other distinguished guests were among over 400 attendees to celebrate the success and contributions of businesses in Boston Chinatown.
Board members of Chinatown Business Association.
Boston, March 12, 2017, — Closed to 300 people, including Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn, attended New England Moy Shee Association Year of Dog Banquet last night at China Pearl restaurant in Boston Chinatown. The Chinese last name 梅 has several variations in English, such as Moy, Mei and Fong.
Councilor Flynn (middle) presents a citation to Moy Shee Association.
By Xinming Li, bostonese.com
Boston, Feb. 22, 2018, — On Sunday, Feb. 18, Cardinal Sean O’Malley went to St. James the Greater Church in Chinatown to bring New Year’s greetings to the Boston Chinese Catholic community. The Year of Dog started on Feb. 16 on the Chinese calendar, which is one of the oldest calendars in the world.
Boston, Feb. 3, 2018 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh and library community members today celebrated the opening of Boston Public Library Chinatown at 2 Boylston Street in the China Trade Center. The event marked the return of library services to the neighborhood for the first time in more than 50 years, and a $1 million investment in library services in Chinatown. Regular library hours will begin on Monday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m.
By Li Qiang, bostonese.com
Boston, Jan. 31, 2018, — It was a campaign promise made by candidate Marty Walsh in 2013, and Mayor Walsh finally delivered it at end of his first term as the funding for Boston Public Library Chinatown Branch was annouced in 2017. The Chinatown Branch will open its doors on Feb. 5 at the China Trade Center in Chinatown.
(R to L)Candidate Walsh, Terry Yin and Henry Yee at a 2013 Chinatowm Residents Association (CRA) meeting (photo by Li Qiang).
Boston, Jan. 10, 2018, — Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, as well as a Gold Seal on GuideStar’s nonprofit profile.
MA State Rep. Donald Wong (left) presents a citation to Giles Li, Executive Director of BCNC.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 marks the 80th Anniversary of the “Nanking Massacre” aka “Rape of Nanking”.
Chinese American Citizen’s Alliance (CACA) Boston Lodge will be holding a peaceful candle light vigil at Chinatown Gateway Park from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM on that evening.
Picture from board meeting of CACA Boston Lodge (bostonese.com file photo).