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

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