Acton Chinese professionals learn about local politics

The Acton Chinese American Civic Society held a forum on grassroots political organizations on Sept. 25 at the Bellows Farm Club House. Xuan Kong greeted the audience. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 艾克頓華人協會於9月25日在Bellows Farm Club House舉行了一個關於草根政治組織的論壇。孔軒歡迎來賓。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

The Acton Chinese American Civic Society held a forum on grassroots political organizations on Sept. 25 at the Bellows Farm Club House. Xuan Kong greeted the audience. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

The Acton Chinese American Civic Society (ACACS) held a forum with Acton’s Democratic and Republican town committees on Sept. 25 at the Bellows Farm Club House. About 40 individuals attended the event.

Former Acton-Boxborough School Committee chairman and Acton resident Xuan Kong said, “Many of us here are first-generation immigrants who are professionals. We think political activities are for someone more experienced. As we will find out, that’s not the case.”

Four representatives — two each from the Acton Democratic Town Committee (ADTC) and Acton Republican Town Committee (ARTC) — discussed their missions and activities. Both are nonprofit organizations, with up to 35 members elected every four years. Members should be Acton residents and registered voters, who join monthly meetings and participate in community service. Scholarships are available to high school students from both groups.

Adrian Hancock spoke about the Acton Democratic Town Committee. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) Adrian Hancock談論艾克頓民主黨市鎮委員會。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Adrian Hancock spoke about the Acton Democratic Town Committee. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

“Anyone who is a citizen should register to vote by Oct. 19,” said Adrian Hancock, ADTC member. “We are generally very low-key. We want people to vote, not tell them how to vote.”

Hancock is a British immigrant who settled in Acton and is retired. Bob Ferrara’s grandfather came to America from Sicily. Ferrara works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with serving on the ADTC.

Bob Ferrara spoke about the Acton Democratic Town Committee. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) Bob Ferrara談論艾克頓民主黨市鎮委員會。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Bob Ferrara spoke about the Acton Democratic Town Committee. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Ferrara said, “I have a much deeper appreciation for political candidates, they have a tough role. I deeply admire Jamie Eldridge and respect how he works. You always learn something.”

Bill Beebee and Dave Lunger spoke about their involvement with the ARTC. Beebee is retired, while Lunger works at Honeywell.

Bill Beebee spoke about the Acton Republican Town Committee. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) Bill Beebee談論艾克頓共和黨市鎮委員會。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Bill Beebee spoke about the Acton Republican Town Committee. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Beebee said, “Democrats are our compatriots, we are not fighting each other in Acton. We give our effort for the community.”

Dave Lunger spoke about the Acton Republican Town Committee. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) Dave Lunger談論艾克頓共和黨市鎮委員會。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Dave Lunger spoke about the Acton Republican Town Committee. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Lunger said, “The Republican Party was founded to free slaves, as the party of Lincoln.”

Ted Busiek, Republican candidate for the Middlesex and Worcester state senate seat currently held by Eldridge, attended the meeting.

The forum was the third educational program held by ACACS. ACACS board chairwoman Yanni Gou welcomed more people to join the organization, which does not require members to be Acton residents or Chinese.

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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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