Boston: A city of diversity

Helen Hui Choi, who mmigrated to the United States in 1987, has worked successfully and devotedly in serving the Asian community.  For over 20 years, Choi worked as a social worker in Hong Kong.  When she immigrated to the Unites States with her family, she became involved with the Asian American Civic Association in Boston where she provided support to many Asian immigrants.  In 1993, Choi’s journey to help others led her to become an advocate for the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK).  Choi, now retired, was an advocate for ATASK for 17 years.

Undeniably, Choi is a well-deserved recipient of the Community Pioneer Award.  On December 10, 2010, Choi was presented the Community Pioneer Away by the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians at the 5th Annual We Are Boston Gala.  The Community Pioneer Award recognizes leaders who have demonstrated commitment in promoting cross cultural awareness and have empowered immigrants in their communities.

Another notable awardee from the Asian community is Shu Ming Huang, who received the Youth Action Award.  The Youth Action Award is awarded to someone whose parents are immigrants, under the age of 21, and has demonstrated commitment in serving their community and promoting cross cultural understanding.  Huang is currently a senior at Charleston High School and a recent immigrant to Boston.  She volunteers as mentor at the Hurley School YMCA afterschool program.  In addition, she spends her time organizing community events and raising money for numerous fundraising events.

Mayor Thomas Menino thanked all the recipients for their dedicated commitment in helping shape Boston.  “[We Are Boston] really celebrates what Boston is all about; it’s our greatest strength.  Our rich rich diversity.   Our city works…because of our diversity”, said Mayor Menino. “Boston is a city of ethnic concave,” he said. This old city became great because each generation of immigrants brought with it something new.

Diana Li is a Sampan correspondent.

Event co-chair, Maria Rivera-Brown (left) and Director of the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians, Reverend Cheng Imm Tan (center) present Helen Choi (right) with the "Community Pioneer" award. (Photo by Joanne Wong)

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