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

The Chinatown Coalition September meeting highlights

The Chinatown Coalition met on Sep 9th at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center to speak with Boston City Councilor John Connolly and follow up with Parcel 24 and Bilingual Ballots Projects. Connolly reiterated his focus of work on education. Connolly was elected to an At-Large (Citywide) seat on the Boston City Council in 2007 and is in his second term now. “I went to city council for a number of reasons,” Connolly said, “but principally number one is a desire to improve our schools.” A former teacher, Connolly described two initiatives he’s working on presently at the Boston City Council … Continue reading

Fifth Annual Films at the Gate maintains Chinatown tradition, builds community

As a blistering day faded into evening last week, a group of film students sat in folding chairs eating takeout by the Chinatown gate. Nearby, a group of elderly women chatted in Cantonese, disrupted by yells from a raucous game of tag. It was the final night of Films at the Gate, the film series that brings Chinatown locals and kung fu film lovers together from across the city to celebrate and revitalize the area’s history of community through film. Beginning in cinema’s Depression era heyday, three movie theaters competed for the attention of Chinatown moviegoers: the Pagoda on Washington … Continue reading

APIA Vote to launch in Massachusetts, celebration honors bilingual ballots bill

A ceremony honoring the Coalition for Asian American Voting Rights and its efforts spearheading the recent passage and signing of a bill requiring fully transliterated Chinese and Vietnamese ballots in Boston took place at Bingham McCutchen, LLP in Boston on September 3, the night of Hurricane Earl. The event was also a celebration for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote).  APIAVote is the only national Asian American organization solely focused on civic engagement and voter engagement at the local, state, and national levels and is now launching APIAVote Massachusetts, a collaborative effort between APIAVote and a number of … Continue reading