R Visions for Chinatown: Remain. Reclaim. Rebuild!

BY THE CHINESE PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION R Visions for Chinatown is a one-week series of temporary art interventions in Boston’s Chinatown highlighting public parcels or properties with potential for community development. In response to displacement and the pressure of luxury development, the community created its own Chinatown Master Plan and is working for the goal of 1000 new or newly preserved affordable housing units, for a community-led library, a permanent facility for the Josiah Quincy Upper School, and to stabilize working class residents and small family-owned businesses.  These art projects, curated and sponsored by the Wong/Yee Gallery of the Chinese Progressive Association, … Continue reading

Youth Council helps register voters in Chinatown

BY ARICK WONG As the Nov. 4 general election approaches, the Asian American Civic Association Youth Council provided informative pamphlets and registration forms in English and Chinese to residents in Tai Tung Village and Mass Pike Towers. Interpreters were presented to help prospective voters complete the required documents and answered questions. There are many residents and most of them are Chinese, that’s why we chose these locations,” said Scarlett Wu, special project coordinator for the AACA. Carmen Jiang, AACA Youth Council member and junior at Brandeis University explained that she was there because voting is, “A good chance for minorities … Continue reading

Next STEP English program recognized by state for most students sent to college

This year's winners of $1,000 college scholarships from First Literacy at the awards ceremony at Boston City Hall in July. Peggie Kuang (red shirt in far right), AACA Next STEP student, was among the scholarship winners. (Photo courtesy of First Literacy)

For the second year in a row, the Next Steps Transitional English Program (Next STEP) of the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) has sent more adults to college than any other community-based adult basic education program funded by the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). DESE released fiscal year 2014 statistics on adults who enrolled in college after studying in adult English language learning programs. AACA had the highest number of students entering secondary education among community-based organizations in Massachusetts. Next STEP was created in January 1993 to bridge the gap between basic English classes in greater Boston’s … Continue reading

NAAAP leadership forum showcases Asian faces

NAAAP Boston leaders and board members with the keynote speaker Sheila Lirio Marcelo, CEO of Care.com. (Photo courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay)

Young Asian Americans learned about what it meant to be a leader at the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Third Annual Leadership Forum on Oct. 4 at the Boston Marriot Cambridge. “Raise your hand up high and say I am a leader to whichever group you feel like leading because we need more of those roles,” said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, CEO and founder of Care.com, in her keynote speech. The event meant to inspire junior professionals, with about 250 professionals and students at the forum. Beginning with a career fair of 18 organizations, the 2014 theme was “Leading … Continue reading

Boston mayor releases plan for 53,000 housing units by 2030

Mayor Marty Walsh announced plans to add 53,000 housing units in Boston by 2030 on Oct. 9 at the One Greenway construction site in Chinatown. (Image courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay.)

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh released “Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030,” a plan for housing that calls for 53,000 new units by 2030 on Oct. 9 at the One Greenway construction site. The plan focuses on four demographic groups: Seniors, low-income households, the middle class and students. A total of 5,000 new units will be for seniors, 44,000 new units for the workforce and 4,000 new units for vacancies to stabilize the market. “(Seniors) must be able to age in their homes. They have earned that right and we need them as neighbors,” Walsh said. “We need to support services … Continue reading

Whole Foods to hire within communities of Chinatown and South End

(Left to right) Jessica Taubner, Mark Liu and Marie Moy attended the Whole Foods community meeting on Sept. 29 at the Josiah Quincy School.  
Image courtesy of the Sampan editorial team

By Arick Wong A Whole Foods hiring agreement for Chinatown and the South End was discussed by community members at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School on Sept. 29. The new Whole Foods located at Ink Block, or the former Boston Herald headquarters, will open January 2015. It will be the largest Whole Foods store in Boston, employing about 250 individuals with a starting salary of $11 an hour. Karen Chen, organizing director of the Chinese Progressive Association, hosted the meeting in Cantonese with English and Mandarin translation. Before the meeting, more than 400 signatures were collected to support Whole Foods … Continue reading