Beyond the three-storey row houses of Chinatown rise luxury condo towers. New complexes such as Archstone, the Kensington and 120 Kingston Place — the former site of the Dainty Dot Hosiery factory — loom mere steps from public housing. For some Chinatown residents, they fear these developments will drive up property values so steeply that Chinatown will disappear, like the Syrian and Irish immigrants who came before.
Gov. Deval Patrick and the Asian American Commission organized a celebration for Asian American Heritage Month on May 1 at the Josiah Quincy School. The event featured dance performances, speeches from Asian American officials and advocacy by Asian community leaders.
The MIT Asian Dance Team (MITADT) presented its 3rd annual Boston Asian Performing Arts Festival, Inspirasian, on May 5 at MIT Kresge Auditorium.
Part of the Wild Horse’s Mane, White Crane Spreads Its Wings and Playing the Lute. These are just a few of the tai chi stances that Daoist master Zhou Xuan Yun brought to Boston after practicing tai chi at Wu Dang Mountain in China for more than a decade. The World Tai Chi Day Health Festival took place April 27 at the Boston Common.
State treasurer Steve Grossman held a town hall meeting April 23 at the Asian American Civic Association. The event was organized by Leverett Wing and the Asian American Commission.
The Chinatown Safety Committee met May 1 at the Doubletree Hotel.
The committee supported a temporary permit extension for a parking lot at 85 Essex Street, near the Chau Chow City restaurant. The parking lot is managed by Hamilton Realty and the extension is for three years. Hamilton will go before the Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council fot its support on May 16.