By Chinese Culture Connection
Mayor Gary Christenson was recently presented with the Diversity and Inclusion Award at the Chinese Culture Connection’s 9th Annual Gala which was attended by more than 250 people. The Mayor was recognized for his efforts in promoting diversity in the City of Malden. Each year, the Malden Chinese Culture Connection, an organization established in Malden for 15 years, recognizes individuals in the Greater Boston area who have contributed to the arts, culture, and humanities for the betterment of society.
Mayor Christenson was applauded for his inclusion and participation with the many diverse cultures and traditions of Malden’s residents. The Mayor was acknowledged for hosting numerous interfaith roundtables, participating regularly on a Brazilian Radio show and a Haitian Church Radio show, facilitating the first Annual Latino Festival, and attending activities at Malden’s Mosque to learn more about residents’ concerns and needs. The Mayor has geared many of his monthly Safety Awareness Meetings to the various ethnic groups, often being accompanied by a translator to better communicate safety measures and crime statistics.
“Mayor Christenson’s impact on advancing diversity and inclusion can be felt locally and regionally,” said Mei Hung, the Executive Director of the CCC. “Malden is well known as one of the most diverse cities in the Commonwealth, and Asian immigrants are the biggest growing minority group in Malden. We are very blessed that our Mayor is making every effort to make Malden not only welcoming, but also a thriving and vibrant community.”
“I am humbled and honored to receive this award and I accept it on behalf of the City. I look forward to continuing to embrace the culture rich diversity that is Malden,” said Mayor Christenson. “But, although I’m getting much better at Mandarin, the tough part is that I still need to work on my Spanish, Haitian Creole, Arabic, and other languages.”
Two other awards were also presented at the CCC Annual Gala, including the Life Community Service Awards to brothers Bill and Frank Chin for their more than 50 years of dedicated service to Chinese immigrant communities in the Greater Boston area, and the Artistic and Cultural Service Award to Xiao Mei Liu, the founder of the Chinese Culture Connection’s Multi-performing Arts Troupe, for her commitment to promoting Chinese arts and culture.