A new luxury condominium building coming to Chinatown

Where a vacant building on 120 Kingston Street now stands will be the location of a new luxury condominium building.  Bound by Essex Street, Kingston Street, and Surface Road, the building sits along the Chinatown Park section of the Greenway.  The project, spearheaded by the Hudson Group, has been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the Zoning Board of Appeal since 2008. On the evening of September 20, the Hudson Group, led by Ori Ron, spoke to the Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council about the changes to the original layout and physical appearance of the building.  Physical changes include … Continue reading

25th annual Oak Street Fair

On a sunny Saturday with a few clouds, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc. (BCNC) held the 25th Annul Oak Street Fair on September 25th.  BCNC is an organization that enriches the quality of life in the community by providing resources and support. During the three-hour period, entertainment, activities, games were plentiful.  One could hear the scream and shouts of laughter from children having fun.  According to Lisa Choi, a parent attending the event with her two kids, called the event, “the perfect Saturday fair.” Entertainment included a variety of performances.  The BCNC Acorn Center for Early Education and Care performed … Continue reading

New Bostonians Community Day Celebrates 11th year anniversary

It was a celebration of multiculturalism at City Hall Plaza on September 23, as hundreds of immigrants and supporters partook in the in the city’s 11th annual New Bostonians Community Day. The daylong event featured ethnic food and live cultural music.  Legal, housing, English-learning, job-training information for communities to learn about various services offered by City Hall and other organizations were readily available at various booths. Kenneth Kan, an outreach assistant at the Asian American Civic Association (AACA), was manning a booth at City Hall Plaza.  He handed out fliers to immigrants who are looking for job training and English-language … Continue reading


CHINATOWN Free breast and cervical cancer screenings Tufts Medical Center and the College of American Pathologists Present See, Test and Treat™ Organizations partner to offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings for Asian American women. What:     Tufts Medical Center, the College of American Pathologists, the American Cancer Society and the Massachusetts affiliate for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® are partnering to offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women ages 21 and older.  The event is also sponsored by BD Diagnostics, Siemens, Qiagen, and Kodak. Registered women will receive a Pap test and mammogram (if necessary). Test results … Continue reading

Three Day Immigration Integration Conference Inspires, National Leaders and Immigration Advocates Assemble in Boston

US President Barack Obama congratulated a group of newly naturalized citizens in Boston’s Exchange Conference Center via video during the opening reception of the “Becoming Americans” National Immigration Integration Conference (NIIC).  Hosted by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, over 400 professionals, immigrant advocates and researchers, and speakers including Governor Deval Patrick and the United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis gathered to share thoughts regarding the state of immigration today. According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer Denis Riordan, the USCIS chose the next twenty-nine people in line, representing fourteen different countries, to participate in … Continue reading

Interview with Sherry Dong, Director of Community Health at Tufts Medical Center

Sherry Dong is a familiar face around the blocks of Chinatown.  Known for her dedication to promoting Asian-American health, Dong’s involvement in the community goes above and beyond her role as the Director of Community Health at Tufts Medical Center.  On October 29, Dong will be honored at the 2010 Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Community Awards Dinner for her exceptional contributions to Boston’s neighborhoods and civic life.  In the following interview with the Sampan, Dong, shares about growing up in New York City and her desires for the betterment of the Asian-American community. Sampan:  Please tell us about … Continue reading