The second Japan Festival in Boston took place May 19 at Boston City Hall Plaza. Despite chilly weather, more than 10,000 people turned out.
The Chinatown Coalition held its monthly meeting on May 9, while the Chinatown Resident Association met May 15 and the Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council met May 20.
Crime report for Chinatown
Beyond the three-storey row houses of Chinatown rise luxury condo towers. New complexes such as Archstone, the Kensington and 120 Kingston Place — the former site of the Dainty Dot Hosiery factory — loom mere steps from public housing. For some Chinatown residents, they fear these developments will drive up property values so steeply that Chinatown will disappear, like the Syrian and Irish immigrants who came before.
Gov. Deval Patrick and the Asian American Commission organized a celebration for Asian American Heritage Month on May 1 at the Josiah Quincy School. The event featured dance performances, speeches from Asian American officials and advocacy by Asian community leaders.
The MIT Asian Dance Team (MITADT) presented its 3rd annual Boston Asian Performing Arts Festival, Inspirasian, on May 5 at MIT Kresge Auditorium.