By Kenny Sui-Fung Yim
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) held its 26th annual Chinese New Year Banquet on March 7 at Empire Garden in Chinatown. David Brown, a former TV meteorologist, served as the Master of Ceremonies, and he kicked off the event by introducing the Gund Kwok Cubs, a Children’s Lion Dance, also known as “young pups with punch.”
The BCNC Board president, Selina Chow, then explained two major organizational developments: first, the election of new Executive Director, Giles Li, who is “someone from within the community,” and secondly, the expansion of adult ESL programs to Quincy.
Next, the Friends of the BCNC Award recognized Stanley and Josephine Chen, who came separately to Boston for school but have found a common purpose in expanding educational opportunities, like college access programs. The Chens support BCNC in offering valuable information about application, financial aid and campus life.
Stanley accepted the award, saying, “Thank you, thank you, BCNC. We are honored to receive this award and feel lucky to be in the US. In learning the trade of construction, I have fulfilled my American Dream, and am lucky to be in the position to help.”
Li then reiterated his hope that BCNC welcomes all, so they “do not have to go through anything alone.”
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