By Ling-Mei Wong
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh stopped by the Chinatown Community Service Day on Jan. 4 at the Metropolitan community room, just before his inauguration Jan. 6.
“Thank you for your help,” Walsh said. “I’m working on a library for Chinatown and will start that once I’m inaugurated.”
Walsh also thanked outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino for his 20 years of service.
The event included story time for young children, with Walsh accompanied by long-time girlfriend Lorrie Higgins. Walsh read “Chinatown” by William Lo, a children’s book narrated by a Chinese-American boy walking through Chinatown with his grandmother.
The book closed with a Chinese New Year parade and “Gong hei fat choy,” a traditional Chinese New Year greeting for good luck and prosperity.
Other activities at the event included bookmark making, calligraphy and a children’s book giveaway.
The event was hosted by the Asian Community Development Corporation, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Chinatown Lantern Committee, Chinatown Main Street, Chinatown Resident Association, Chinese Progressive Association and the Chinese Youth Initiative.
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