Chinatown meeting roundup: Chinatown Coalition, Chinatown Neighborhood Council

By Ling-Mei Wong

 

The Chinatown Coalition (TCC) met on Dec. 12 and the Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council (CNC) met on Dec. 17 for their monthly meetings.

Michelle Wu, city councilor at-large for 2014, stopped by the CNC to discuss her community vision. “I want to make sure everyone is lifted up,” she said.

Anne Clark, headmaster at Boston Arts Academy, gave a presentation on the proposed school collocated with Josiah Quincy Upper School at Parcel 25. The school is currently in the feasibility planning stage and seeking community input.

The Chinatown Coalition meeting on Dec. 12 included a presentation by Anne Clark, headmaster of Boston Arts Academy. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 波士頓藝術學院校長Anne Clark在華埠社區聯盟會上發表了關於學校將會與昆士中學在25地段共同使用同一位置的報告。(圖片由黃靈美提供。)

The Chinatown Coalition meeting on Dec. 12 included a presentation by Anne Clark, headmaster of Boston Arts Academy. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Both schools were founded by Bak Fun Wong, Clark’s mentor and the former headmaster of Quincy Upper. BAA programs cover dance, music, theater and visual arts, with insufficient space for performance and instruction at its Fenway location.

“Our current facility was originally built as a factory, which is now two high schools: BAA and Fenway High School,” Clark said. “Fenway High School is moving to another site. The building limits our mission.”

A community library was also suggested for the school, which Clark welcomed. However, new library branches must be cleared by the Boston Library Association. Chinatown’s own public library was torn down in the 1950s to make way for the highway.

The Philips Brook House Association gave a presentation on its adult English and citizenship classes. Run by Harvard University undergraduate students, the weekly classes in Cantonese and Mandarin serve about 300 learners on the Harvard campus. While the winter session is closed, interested individuals can sign up for spring 2014 ESL and citizenship courses at chinatownESL@pbha.org and chinatownCitizenship@pbha.org.

 

CNC

The CNC supported a motion by Fin’s Japanese Sushi & Grill to apply for a beer and wine license. Its business at 62 Boylston Street has operated for two years without one, which affected its business when patrons tried to order alcohol and then left.

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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