Tackey Chan speaks on running for office and community matters

March 9 – The newly elected Massachusetts State Representative Tackey Chan (D- 2nd Second Norfolk) shared his vision for the Greater Boston’s Asian communities at a forum hosted by the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) in Boston Chinatown. Chan, a former Assistant Attorney General in Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office and co-founder of Quincy Asian Resources, Inc., is proud of his city.  He grew up in Quincy and has been a community activist for the past thirteen years. “He has been a long resident of Quincy.  His brother, sister-in-law, nephew and mother also live in Quincy.  He told me earlier … Continue reading

Group celebrates culture through dance performance

The Chinese Folk Art Workshop held their 2011 Spring Performance at the Virginia Wimberly Theatre last Saturday, March 19. Nearly 200 people squeezed into the two-story auditorium, decorated with soft, red cushions and new-age lighting to watch the hour-long show, which started at 2 p.m. Thirty-four members of the Chinese Folk Art Workshop, all between the ages of 12 to 18, performed short, yet elaborate presentations that highlighted the numerous ethnic cultures within Chinese society. Split into two groups, boys and girls, the performers showcased their talents. The boys, who opened the show with an intricate drum number, performed routines … Continue reading

CNC shows support of Veolia Energy plans for upgrade

The Chinatown Neighborhood Committee showed their support of a proposed plan to upgrade underground steam pipes in Chinatown at their monthly council meeting that took place at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association on March 21. The proposal, submitted by Boston-based Veolia Energy, plans to upgrade the internally-pressurized joints that are currently installed underground in Chinatown, to externally-pressurized joints, which are claimed to be a better alternative to the existing bellows material, Senior Director of Operations Tom Herlihy said. Veolia Energy, whose parent company Veolia Environnement have headquarters in Paris, France, own some 22 miles of steam piping in the Boston … Continue reading

Chinatown Park receives new furniture

The first set of three tables and chairs were installed on the Rose Kennedy Greenway Chinatown Park on March 18. The furniture was purchased with funds initially granted by the Barr Foundation to the Mayor’s Completion Task Force. The initial grant was used by the Chinatown community for planning and translation of materials during the design phase of the Chinatown Park. In 2008, the community led a series of discussions on public art and possible improvements to the park. Community members who attended these discussions indicated the need for furniture, particularly at the edges of the park’s plaza. Working with … Continue reading

CNC approves of Hayward Place new developments

South Cove Chinatown Neighborhood Council held their monthly meeting on February 22, 2011. The main topic of discussion revolved around Hayward Place.  Christine Dunn, a representative from the Millennium-Partners Boston, announced a few modifications to the former sketch of Hayward Place. The newly proposed plan consists of 15 floors – 14 residential floors and 1 retail floor.  The previous diagram was envisioned to have 14 floors and the changes were made possible by reducing the height of each floor.  In addition, there will be 265 living units and 125 parking spaces. Dunn projects that things will be finalized soon. Dunn … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Growing market for American business

The Hong Kong government and Hong Kong Association of Massachusetts (HKAMA) co-hosted a reception in celebration of The Year of the Rabbit, bringing together those with an affiliation and interest in Hong Kong.  Under the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Julia Leung spoke in place of Guest of Honor Hong Kong Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Professor K.C. Chan.   Chan could not attend “due to unforeseen official commitments,” according to the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. U.S. Hong Kong Commissioner Donald Tong offered brief opening remarks about Hong Kong’s current economic situation before Leung updated … Continue reading