The Chinatown Coalition

The Chinatown Coalition meeting took place on Sept. 11 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. Chinatown organizations came to the meeting to present their programs inviting others to collaborate. State Sen. Anthony Petruccelli updated the members on the legislation reviewed during this political session. Linda Chin, executive director of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, gave a presentation on its job training program called EXCEL, which encompassed the Asian Empowerment Program and teaching on life skills, English as a second language and computer skills. “These are some of the most motivated, talented, educated people I know,” Chin said. “And … Continue reading

Tsinghua alumni host summer gathering

Tsinghua Alumni Association at Greater Boston held an Annual Welcome Summer Gathering and Welcome Party in Arsenal Park on Sunday, Sept. 7. About 180 alumni attended the summer party, half of whom are students, the other half are employed. The association specializes in academic and is the largest Chinese Alumni Association with about 2000 Tsinghua Alumni in Boston. The non-profit, founded in 1976, is dedicated to serving graduates from Tsinghua University in Beijing and National Tsinghua University in Taiwan, and who study, work and live in Greater Boston. Most of the alumni are from MIT and Harvard University with majors … Continue reading

Chinatown backs Coakley for governor in primary race

BY RICHARD LEVINE AND VEKONDA LUANGAPHAY At the Metropolitan polling station in Chinatown, poll workers prepared on Sept. 9 for voters to select their candidates for state office. “On the election and administration side, they’re working so hard to put the election together: training the staff, getting the ballots ready, getting the equipment ready, and just the time and energy put into it,” said Helen Wong, polling station warden. The polling station for Ward 3, Precinct 8, covers Chinatown and the Leather District. A total of 8,630 precinct residents included 4,457 are registered voters, and 12.74 percent — 568 of … Continue reading

Tremont Village undergoes renovation

The Tremont Village apartment complex celebrated upcoming renovations on Monday, Sept. 15. PHOTO BY VEKONDA LUANGAPHAY

BY RICHARD LEVINE The sound of a man speaking through a microphone emanated from a parking lot at the corner of Tremont and Jefferson streets on Monday, Sept. 15, at the celebration party announcing the renovations at Tremont Village began. Behind the speaker sat state officials and private bankers from Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, and Boston Private Bank and Trust. They sat in front of Tremont Village Apartments, a squat red brick structure with beige balconies and old fashioned air conditioners. Garbage bags covered the inside of some of the apartment’s windows and a small … Continue reading

Martial arts under the night sky

The 9th Annual Films at the Gate took place Sept. 12 to 14. 

Under the city lights and stars families and local residents gather to watch a martial art film. “The neighborhood loves this event. The people working at the restaurant will step outside and watch part of the movie,” Jean Lukitsh, the film curator, said about the Asian Community Development Corporation’s 9th Annual Films at the Gate in Chinatown Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. It was a Friday night on Sept. 12, when people grabbed popcorn and enjoyed martial art performances before watching the movie, “Fearless Hyena,” starring Jackie Chan. “Jackie Chan has that gift, that Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton … Continue reading

Chinatown Masterplan meeting

Lydia Lowe, executive director of Chinese Progressive Association, presents the potential parcels for residential housing at the Masterplan meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17. PHOTO BY VEKONDA LUANGAPHAY

By Arick Wong   In this Masterplan meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17, the upcoming city plans were revealed, as community members met in the Josiah Quincy School on Washington Street. Concerns about the gentrification of Chinatown seem to be an ongoing development, and community members met to discuss how to ensure Chinatown continues to preserve affordable housing units for their families. In attempt to combat the gentrification process, community members have a list of priorities. Over the next ten years, members predict that approximately 1,000 new or newly preserved affordable housing units will be available. Some potential sites for building … Continue reading