Chinatown celebrates 41st August Moon Festival

On August 15th, trying not to step on someone else’s toes required quite a balancing act in Chinatown, for the overflowing 5,000 people that turned up at the August Moon Festival occupied very ounce of Harrison, Hudson, Tyler and Beach Streets. This year’s celebration was organized by Chinatown Main Streets, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) and the Chinatown Business Association, and was co-sponsored by the following:Tufts Medical Center, South Cove Community Health Center, State Street, City of Boston, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Mohegan Sun, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston and East West Bank. The … Continue reading

Taiwanese university students visit AACA’s Mandarin-immersion childcare center

On August 12, a group of six Taiwanese college students, led by Jack C. Huang, the Director of Culture Center of  the Taipei Economics and Cultural Office in Boston, paid a visit to Buds & Blossoms Early Education and Care Center.  Buds & Blossoms, a program of the Asian American Civic Association (AACA), is the first Mandarin-speaking daycare center in Boston. AACA’s Executive Director Chau-ming Lee, Buds & Blossoms’ Director Judith Kilgore and AACA’s Board President Mary Chin hosted the guests.  Sitting on the child-sized chairs in a playroom, Kilgore and Chin shared about the Center’s Mandarin-immersion program and the … Continue reading

On campaign trail – Governor Patrick meets with Toi Shan Family Association

As one of his campaign stops, Governor Deval Patrick on August 2nd visited the Boston Toi Shan Family Association during its monthly luncheon at Emperor Garden in Chinatown.  Over 200 elderly members, seated around big round dim sum tables, partook in the luncheon.  Unfazed by the potential language barrier, the Governor greeted his hosts in Cantonese.  Simple phrases such as “good morning,” “thank you” and “how are you” go a long way in making the crowd smile. Members of the Association recognized the Governor for his continuous support of the Chinatown and Chinese-American community.  Last year, the Governor appointed, Paul … Continue reading

The fight is finally over – Transliterated bilingual ballot passed by Senate and signed into bill

July 22 was a day of victory to many Chinatown residents and civic rights advocates, for it was the day in which the bill to legislate bilingual ballots with transliterated names in Chinese and Vietnamese was passed by the state Senate.  The bill has been signed by Governor Deval Patrick and will take affect in January 2011. “Today is a historic day that represents a critical step toward equal voting rights for Asian-Americans—particularly elderly Asian-Americans—in the City of Boston” said Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, who represents Chinatown, and was the lead sponsor of the bill. State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, who co-sponsored … Continue reading

Tufts Medical Center unveils new Boston EMS station in Chinatown

Despite the blazing afternoon sun on July 15, dozens of Chinatown residents, city officials and Tufts Medical Center staff gathered at a small alleyway in Chinatown. It was the dedication ceremony for a new Boston EMS Ambulance Station located at 25 Harvard Street. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Ellen Zane, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center, kicked off the dedication ceremony along with Boston Councilor Bill Linehan, Boston EMS Chief James Hooley and a former member of the Chinatown Safety Council; John Townsend, Director of Administration and Finance for the Boston Public Health Commission, and Bill Moy, co-moderator … Continue reading

AACA 2010 Graduation Ceremony Showcases Student Success

Graduating students from the Asian American Civic Association’s (AACA) ESOL and job training programs shared stories of struggle and success during the programs’ annual graduation ceremony at Tufts Medical Center Woolf Auditorium on June 25th. Keynote speaker and Director of the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians Reverend Cheng Imm Tan emphasized the importance of immigrants at the graduation, reminding the audience that immigrants are the “soul of the city and the country.” Tan also shared anecdotes that reflected the uncertain moments of her own immigrant experience when she moved to the United States thirty-two years ago. She congratulated students for … Continue reading