R Visions for Chinatown: Remain. Reclaim. Rebuild!

BY THE CHINESE PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION R Visions for Chinatown is a one-week series of temporary art interventions in Boston’s Chinatown highlighting public parcels or properties with potential for community development. In response to displacement and the pressure of luxury development, the community created its own Chinatown Master Plan and is working for the goal of 1000 new or newly preserved affordable housing units, for a community-led library, a permanent facility for the Josiah Quincy Upper School, and to stabilize working class residents and small family-owned businesses.  These art projects, curated and sponsored by the Wong/Yee Gallery of the Chinese Progressive Association, … Continue reading

Youth Council helps register voters in Chinatown

BY ARICK WONG As the Nov. 4 general election approaches, the Asian American Civic Association Youth Council provided informative pamphlets and registration forms in English and Chinese to residents in Tai Tung Village and Mass Pike Towers. Interpreters were presented to help prospective voters complete the required documents and answered questions. There are many residents and most of them are Chinese, that’s why we chose these locations,” said Scarlett Wu, special project coordinator for the AACA. Carmen Jiang, AACA Youth Council member and junior at Brandeis University explained that she was there because voting is, “A good chance for minorities … Continue reading

Used needles on streets pose threat to safety and health

Used needles and syringes in Chinatown’s public spaces are far too common with residents and local organizations raising awareness about safety and potential disease. “I’m concerned for the safety of my child and all the other children. They shouldn’t be exposed to the possibility of picking up contaminated needles or other dangerous objects,” said Cheng Imm Tan, Chinatown resident and parent of an 8-year-old attending the Josiah Quincy Elementary School. Tan has expressed concerns about used needles found at the elementary school. It is one of many places where needles have been found, such as alleyways and public parks. At … Continue reading

Clean Up Chinatown Committee see less street litter after community workshops

Clean Up Chinatown committee members Jeff Hovis (resident), Hung Goon (president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association) and Leo Boucher (assistant commissioner of Inspectional Services) discuss progress at the October meeting. 
(Photo courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay)

Identifying the people who illegally dump trash in Chinatown continues to be a major concern for the Clean Up Chinatown Committee. Depending on the location, size and type of waste, the fines range from $100 to $5,000. At its monthly meeting on Oct. 7, as the city continues to address this problem, landlords and business owners complained they receive tickets for trash illegally dumped on their properties. The city stated that it responds to all appeals and tries to find the culprits by looking through the trash for identifying evidence. “But catching every single person who places trash on others’ … Continue reading

Next STEP English program recognized by state for most students sent to college

This year's winners of $1,000 college scholarships from First Literacy at the awards ceremony at Boston City Hall in July. Peggie Kuang (red shirt in far right), AACA Next STEP student, was among the scholarship winners. (Photo courtesy of First Literacy)

For the second year in a row, the Next Steps Transitional English Program (Next STEP) of the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) has sent more adults to college than any other community-based adult basic education program funded by the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). DESE released fiscal year 2014 statistics on adults who enrolled in college after studying in adult English language learning programs. AACA had the highest number of students entering secondary education among community-based organizations in Massachusetts. Next STEP was created in January 1993 to bridge the gap between basic English classes in greater Boston’s … Continue reading