The Chinatown Coalition October meeting highlights

The Chinatown Coalition met at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood center on the 14th for its October monthly meeting, speaking with Massachusetts Representative Michael Capuano on the upcoming State Election, discussing the Immigration Policy associated with the Asian American Community, and touching base on the Institute of Contemporary Art’s new programs. Americans will vote on Nov. 2 in the congressional midterm elections. As a result of President Obama’s falling approval ratings and the stumbling economy, Democratic control of Congress is at stake. Michael Capuano, Representative in Congress for Massachusetts’ Eighth District (including Cambridge, Chelsea, Somerville and approximately 70% of Boston), emphasized … Continue reading

Cathay Bank, Economic Justice Project, Ropes & Gray offer free business workshop to Chinatown Community

Bankers and lawyers have two of the poorest reputations of any professional groups, but on September 23 representatives of these occupations showed their potential for doing good: they teamed up to present the first in a series of free seminars for small-business owners in Chinatown. The event was the combined brainchild of the Economic Justice Project (part of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights), Cathay Bank, and Boston-based firm Ropes & Gray. The EJP has worked in low-income areas like Brockton and Mattapan and had long been hoping to expand into Chinatown when Cathay Regional Senior Vice President Johnny Ip … Continue reading

CHSNE celebrates 18th annual meeting and dinner

The Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) held their eighteenth annual meeting and dinner on September 24, 2010 at China Pearl.  Throughout the night, dishes after dishes of Asian cuisine were served, totaling 11 courses that ranged from seafood in a bird’s nest to yee fu noodles.  It was a night of business and social affair.  Over 100 members, friends, and guests were present to mingle and dine. The meeting started with a tribute to David Wong, co-founder of CHSNE, who passed away earlier this year. Wong was an active member of the Chinatown community who made countless contributions … Continue reading

A new luxury condominium building coming to Chinatown

Where a vacant building on 120 Kingston Street now stands will be the location of a new luxury condominium building.  Bound by Essex Street, Kingston Street, and Surface Road, the building sits along the Chinatown Park section of the Greenway.  The project, spearheaded by the Hudson Group, has been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the Zoning Board of Appeal since 2008. On the evening of September 20, the Hudson Group, led by Ori Ron, spoke to the Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council about the changes to the original layout and physical appearance of the building.  Physical changes include … Continue reading

25th annual Oak Street Fair

On a sunny Saturday with a few clouds, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc. (BCNC) held the 25th Annul Oak Street Fair on September 25th.  BCNC is an organization that enriches the quality of life in the community by providing resources and support. During the three-hour period, entertainment, activities, games were plentiful.  One could hear the scream and shouts of laughter from children having fun.  According to Lisa Choi, a parent attending the event with her two kids, called the event, “the perfect Saturday fair.” Entertainment included a variety of performances.  The BCNC Acorn Center for Early Education and Care performed … Continue reading

Calligraphy: A mental and physical Art

Calligraphy aficionados, young and old, gathered at the Chinese American Fine Art Society (CAFAS) on a Saturday afternoon to share best practices and techniques.  In the first collaborative event of this kind between CAFAS and the American Chinese Art Society (ACAS), novice and expert calligraphers were invited to practice their skills. A number of expert calligraphers, including a 91 year-old instructor, attended the event.  Mike Mei, Director of CAFAS, called the event one of “mutual cooperation, practice, and exchange”.  Speakers from the facilitating organizations emphasized the importance of calligraphy both as an art form and as a way to promote … Continue reading