Boston Mayor Marty Walsh visits Chinatown for community outreach

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.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh read “Chinatown” by William Lo at the Chinatown Community Service Day on Jan. 4 at the Metropolitan. On his right is his long-time girlfriend Lorrie Higgins, holding a local toddler. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 市長華殊與孩子們在一起講故事。(圖片由黃靈美提供。)

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh read “Chinatown” by William Lo at the Chinatown Community Service Day on Jan. 4 at the Metropolitan. On his right is his long-time girlfriend Lorrie Higgins, holding a local toddler. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

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.

Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong. 圖片由黃靈美提供。

Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.

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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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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