Boston remembers a Chinese patriot (Szeto Wah, 1931-2011)

The popular uprising in Egypt is causing worldwide anxiety about the political future of the Middle East. Meanwhile, the longstanding struggle for democracy in another ancient civilization turned modern nation was commemorated around the globe. Thousands in Hong Kong and overseas cities paid their final respects to veteran democracy campaigner, Szeto Wah, who died last month after battling cancer. He was 79. In Boston’s Chinatown, dozens gathered on January 30 to remember “Uncle Wah”, as he was affectionately known in Hong Kong. The vigil was held by the Association of Overseas Hong Kong Chinese for Democracy and Human Rights, and … Continue reading

Tufts Medical Center makes improving China town’s health status one of its new year’s resolutions

Five Chinatown community-based organizations each received a grant on January 19 to participate in the 2011 round of Tufts Medical Center’s Asian Health Initiative (AHI).  The Asian American Civic Association (AACA), Boston Asian: Youth Essential service, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC); Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, and Wang YMCA are among the selected participants. Through AHI funds and a variety of community programs, these grantees are to provide programming that works to prevent or address diabetes, obesity or tobacco use. “We have an AHI advisory committee, which consists of hospital staff, community members and myself.  It’s folks who are … Continue reading

Traffic and safety of Chinatown

Even with the slippery sidewalks and puddles of water that could cover up to one’s ankle, it did not stop dedicated members to attend the Chinatown Neighborhood Council (CNC) Meeting on January 8, 2011.  While members were drenched from the rain and trying to wipe themselves dry, the meeting still started at 6:00 (AM/PM?). Wingkay Leung, President of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England, brought up a concern that he noticed in the Chinatown community.  Leung’s concern was that there was unnecessary traffic congestion at the intersections around Kneeland St. and Harrison because of the expressway.  He believes … Continue reading

Former JQS principal launches campaign for District 2 City Council seat

Suzanne Lee, former Principal of the Josiah Quincy Elementary School and community activist, announced on January 20 her candidacy for Boston City Council District 2.  The seat is currently held by Councilor Bill Linehan, a South End resident who was elected to the Council in May of 2007. Lee, a resident of Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, has worked in the Boston Public Schools for 35 years, first as a teacher and later as a principal.  She led a high-profile turnaround at the Baldwin School in Brighton, improving a low-achieving and divided school into a nationwide model for school improvement.  She went … Continue reading

Development changes to Parcel 24

Community members, real estate experts, designers, and architects met on January 19 to discuss changes to the Parcel 24 Project.  The public meeting featured appearances by state officials, such as State Representative Aaron Michlewitz.  Eight years in the making, the Parcel 24 Project is slated to restore the residential and commercial aspects of the Chinatown area. Located at the corner of Kneeland, Albany, and Hudson Streets, Parcel 24 will consist of 345 residential units with a mix of affordable rental units and condominiums- an increase of 20 units from the original proposal.  In addition, there will be 125 parking spaces … Continue reading

Boston: A city of diversity

Helen Hui Choi, who mmigrated to the United States in 1987, has worked successfully and devotedly in serving the Asian community.  For over 20 years, Choi worked as a social worker in Hong Kong.  When she immigrated to the Unites States with her family, she became involved with the Asian American Civic Association in Boston where she provided support to many Asian immigrants.  In 1993, Choi’s journey to help others led her to become an advocate for the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK).  Choi, now retired, was an advocate for ATASK for 17 years. Undeniably, Choi is a … Continue reading