Chinese Historical Society of New England Celebrates 20th Anniversary

By Teresa Cheong

The Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) held its annual dinner on September 30 at China Pearl to celebrate its annual accomplishments.

The Sojourner Award recipients this year were Jill Cheng, president and CEO of Cheng & Tsui, and Chinatown honorable leader Bill “Uncle Bill” Chin.

Founded in 1979, Cheng & Tsui was dedicated to supporting the Asian studies. They were the first publisher to publish books in simplified and traditional Chinese in the U.S. Cheng was also a devoted volunteer and philanthropist. In 2011, her husband Hung Cheng and her pledged a generous gift to launch the Cheng and Tsui Center for Integrative Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Uncle Bill and his siblings helped found various organizations in Chinatown and contributed to the community development in the past six decades. He was the founder of South Cove Manor and former president of the Gee How Oak Tin Association of New England as well as the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. He was also the only president who served two terms in the CCBA.

During the dinner, the CHSNE-Waterman Scholarships and the Wong Scholarship were presented to students of Chinese ancestry who had good academic standing in colleges. The event highlight was local comedian Joe Wang who entertained guests with his life experience as a Chinese American living in the U.S.

State Treasurer Steve Grossman, State Representative Donald Wong and Tackey Chan, City Councilor Bill Lineham also presented certificates on behalf of the state and city governments to thank CHSNE for their hard work in preserving and promoting Chinese American history.

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