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