Chinatown Stands for Connolly, Celebrates August Moon

By David Li,

Boston, Sept. 18, 2013, — At noon time on September 15, the main intersection of Boston Chinatown was packed with dozens of supporters of John Connolly, candidate for Boston Mayor. The streets were busy with shoppers as they were preparing for the August Moon Festival, which falls on Sept. 19 for 2013. It was also a perfect Autumn day for dinners.
Supporters of John Connolly take a group picture. (photo by David Li)

With only a week from the primary on Sept. 24, all the 12 mayoral candidates were busy campaigning around the city. All of them hope to become the top two candidates by next Tuesday evening. According to Hung Goon, John Connolly planed to join the rally in Chinatown, but couldn’t make it because of a New York Times interview at the same time.

The “Stand for Connolly” rally lasted for about two hours. Supporters got together to take a group photo in the end, and then headed to various restaurants for dim sum.

In a latest poll by Suffolk University and Boston Herald, John Connolly led all candidates with 16 percent of votes. Daniel Conley and Martin Walsh each had 12 percent votes. The poll was taken from Sept. 12 to 17 of 600 likely voters.

A few blocks away, the New England Chau Chow Association was holding an August Moon celebration lunch at 9 Knapp Street. About 20 members of the Chau Chow Association enjoyed traditional Chinese food from Chau Chow City restaurant, and delicious moon cakes.

According to Mr. Peng Nam Chung, the New England Chau Chow Association has 300 families, and holds annual banquet in the Spring. In the past summer, about 50 members of the association went on a tour to the White Mountains, taking a bus from Sunshine Travel.

Earlier in the week, the Eastern U.S. Kung Fu Association of New England held an August Moon celebration banquet. Henry Yee, chairman of Chinatown Residents Association, Gilbert Ho, board member of Chinatown Main Streets, and representatives from Taipei Economic and Cultural Office were among many guests.