By Ling-Mei Wong
Hung Goon is no stranger to Chinatown.
Goon moved to the United States from Hong Kong when he was 7 and grew up in Castle Square. He remains active in the neighborhood, despite moving to Brighton. Goon was elected the 2014 president for the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) on Dec. 3 for two years. He will continue to serve on the Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council (CNC) in 2014 after being reelected on Dec. 1 for three years.
“Growing up in Chinatown, there a lot of people I grew up with who didn’t stay here,” Goon said. “Hopefully when they get older, they’ll come back to serve the community. I see at the meetings, it’s mostly older gentleman. I would like younger people to join, so there’s a mix of older and younger folks.”
As the youngest of five children, Goon studied at the Boston Public Schools from kindergarten to high school. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he went on to public service. Currently a human resources generalist for the Middlesex County Sherriff, Goon has also worked for the state treasurer and state secretary.
“When I walk around Chinatown, people ask me for help,” Goon said. “I meet a lot of elected officials, I know different departments.”
Apart from his day job, Goon’s community service requires a serious time commitment. The CNC meets on the third Monday of the month to discuss zoning, safety and neighborhood issues. The CCBA meets on the last Monday every other month, gathering 40 Chinatown family associations and organizations to decide on property management and other community business. Goon is also a member of the Goon Shee Family Association and has served on other Chinatown organizations.
“If able, I’d like to start the legwork to do another affordable housing project,” Goon said about the CCBA. “It’s needed in the community. It takes more than two years to start the legwork, then I’d pass it on to the next CCBA president.”
The CCBA presently owns Tai Tung Village, Waterford Place and the SCM Building at 50 Herald Street, which is leased to C Mart.
As Chinatown is Goon’s home, he dreams about it becoming a destination. He plans to work with the convention center and tour buses to attract visitors.
“We have the Chinatown Gateway and could have performances to bring people here,” he said.
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