Chinatown leader leaves legacy of service

Chau-ming Lee, Asian American Civic Association executive director, passed away on June 6. (Image courtesy of AACA.)

Chau-ming Lee, 65, Asian American Civic Association (AACA) executive director, passed away June 6.

Lee immigrated to Boston from Hong Kong. As executive director of the AACA since 1982, he helped thousands of individuals with immigration inquiries. He oversaw the 2007 opening of AACA’s 87 Tyler Street headquarters, which began in a Chinatown basement in 1967.

Mary Chin will serve as interim executive director at AACA.

Under Lee’s leadership, AACA served economically disadvantaged Americans and immigrants from 125 countries by providing un­paralleled skills training, career counseling and job placement, ESOL, and immigration ser­vices.

Lee attended the University of Hong Kong and Boston College. Prior to serving at AACA, he was a social worker at New England Medical Center, which is now Tufts Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.

For more on Lee’s life, click here.

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Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England

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