By Action for Boston Community Development
Artist and Hong Kong native Peter Ng was in government service with the United States for 41 years. All he’s been thinking about since he retired is how he can continue to help this country.
That’s after serving in Vietnam, training at the US Air Force Academy, becoming the first Asian air traffic controller, then rising through the ranks to become Communications Director for the Federal Aviation Administration, where he was commended for his work during 9/11.
“I was very fortunate that I could come to the United States. I want to give back to this great country because this country gave me the opportunity to become what I am today,” Ng said.
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) affiliate the Asian American Civic Association nominated Ng because of his contributions to the community as an artist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, despite the fact that he is averse to attention. Ng was recognized on Nov. 9 at ABCD’s Community Heroes Celebration dinner at the Copley Marriott Hotel.
“My attitude is to help. I don’t need anything back. I prefer to stay in the background,” said Ng.
Peter donates paintings and calligraphy for auctioning to fund scholarships for education, science, technology, engineering and mathematics studies and art while providing guidance and financial help to local nonprofits. He helped fund a Chinatown art center, volunteers for various community initiatives, and sponsors four dragon boat teams — part of his exercise routine that includes daily swimming.
“You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have good health, it’s not going to do you any good,” said Ng.
Although he’s a popular fixture in Chinatown through his involvement with Chinese culture, local issues and development, his outlook is broad.
“Everyone is my teacher. I always think that everyone out there can inspire me,” said Ng.
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