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

Cathay Bank to host free basic legal considerations workshop for small businesses

Cathay Bank, along with Belin Economic Justice Project (EJP) and Ropes & Gray LLP, will be hosting a free basic legal considerations workshop for small businesses at 621 Washington Street in Boston, MA on Thursday, September 23, from 6 to 8 PM.  This workshop is the beginning of what the hosting organizations believe will be a vibrant, ongoing collaboration and of immense benefit to the Asian-American business community.  The workshop will provide an overview of a number of important business legal topics, the understanding of which can help entrepreneurs and small business owners improve their business performance while protecting themselves, … Continue reading

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