By Julia L. Wong
Chinatown Main Street held its annual festival on June 22 in Boston’s Chinatown to raise cultural awareness and boost the economy of the neighborhood. Chinatown Main Street is one out of 20 Main Street organizations throughout the city of Boston. The Boston Main Streets Foundation was founded by the city in 1995 to improve the quality of life in the city’s neighborhoods by creating vibrant business districts, establishing public safety and cleaner environments.
Tony Yee, president of Chinatown Main Street, said Mayor Marty Walsh wished to be more involved in Main Street and had increased the city budget by 30 percent to support this initiative.
The organization heavily relies on volunteers and networking to reach out to the community to provide resources and city news around the neighborhood. For example, Chinatown Main Street offers legal assistance through the U.S. Border and Customs Bureau, which had a booth accessible to the public during the festival.
There were two stages at different ends of Chinatown to showcase aspects of Chinese culture. At the Chinatown Gate, locals enjoyed Chinese opera singing while near Washington Street, festival attendees admired martial arts and lion dancing. Chinatown Main Street brought together the community while highlighting resources available to neighborhood residents.
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