Cooking for a cause

Joanne Chang, pastry chef and owner of Flour Bakery and Myers and Chang, was the honoree chef at A Spoonful of Ginger Gala on March 28, 2011. Dr. William Hsu, Medical Director of the Asian Clinic, described Chang as a person with a big heart.  Chang has been whipping up delicious concoctions for A Spoonful of Ginger for seven consecutive years. A Spoonful of Ginger was able to raise approximately $350,000 with about 450 attending guests. When asked how Chang got involved, she said, “[Chef] Jasper White contacted me and asked me if I would participate.” Chang’s response reinforces how … Continue reading

Immigrant students pack State House for “Adult Literacy Awareness Day”

March 31 —   Hundreds of immigrant students, teachers, graduates and supporters from every part of the Commonwealth met on Beacon Hill to create awareness of the life-changing work that happens in adult education classrooms everyday. The week of March 28 through April 1 has been proclaimed by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino as “Boston Adult Education and Literacy Week.”   Organized by Massachusetts Alliance for Adult Literacy, “Adult Literacy Awareness Day” seeks to bring the call for continual support for adult education to the state level.   Adult education includes classes such as ABE (Adult Basic Education), GED (General Education Development) and ESOL … Continue reading

Cathay Bank to hold small business legal workshop

The Belin Economic Justice Projec (EPJ), in collaboration with Cathay Bank and Ropes & Gray LLP, held a press conference in anticipation to drum up support, for a free Basic Legal Considerations Workshop for Small Businesses at Cathay Bank (621 Washington Street) on March 30. At 5:45 pm, the conference started with fourteen attendees. The three panel members that spoke were Johnny Ip – Regional Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cathay Bank, Jessica Sommer – Belin Economic Project Director, and Darren L. Bonham – Corporate Associate at Ropes & Gray LLC. The goal of this year’s workshop is … Continue reading

BCNC receives generous endowment at banquet

March 11- The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) hosted its 23rd annual Chinese New Year banquet at Empire Garden Restaurant. This fundraiser was a huge success.  The sold out event had a stellar turnout of more than 600 guests and supporters.  Raising over $200,000 through corporate sponsorship and silent auction, the proceeds will go toward BCNC’s children, youth and family programs. Executive Director Elaine Ng said in her remark that the agency plans to expand its family services to Quincy in order to reach out to more families in need. The highlight of the evening was when Frank K. Chin … Continue reading

AACA staff visit Japanese Consulate to express Japan quake condolences

Three Asian American Civic Association (AACA) staff members paid a visit to the Consulate-General Japan in Boston on March 18 to write messages for earthquake and tsumani victims.  The Consulate has prepared a registry for the general republic to write messages to the people of Japan who are affected by the disaster. “Words cannot describe how I feel right now.  It’s absolutely devastating to see that so many lives were lost within such a short amount time,” said Shinobu Ando, a Kobe native who teaches adult education at AACA. Ando was accompanied by Alan Phillips, AACA’s technology coordinator, and Kenneth … Continue reading

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