Cathay Bank to hold small business legal workshop

The Belin Economic Justice Projec (EPJ), in collaboration with Cathay Bank and Ropes & Gray LLP, held a press conference in anticipation to drum up support, for a free Basic Legal Considerations Workshop for Small Businesses at Cathay Bank (621 Washington Street) on March 30. At 5:45 pm, the conference started with fourteen attendees. The three panel members that spoke were Johnny Ip – Regional Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cathay Bank, Jessica Sommer – Belin Economic Project Director, and Darren L. Bonham – Corporate Associate at Ropes & Gray LLC. The goal of this year’s workshop is … Continue reading

Rocking the wok to healthier choices

According to Dr. Will Hsu, Director of the Asian Clinic at Joslin Diabetes Center and Co Director of Joslin’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI), one in six Asians have diabetes.  Often times, Asians do not show the physical signs of diabetes because they may not look overweight, however, surplus fat can be stored in the abdomen leading to a high risk in developing diabetes. Tracy Tsi Iftikar, Clinic and Community Relations Officer of AADI, was diagnosed with diabetes ten years ago.  She said, “I had all the classic symptoms [for diabetes] but I had no idea.” Diabetes is when a … Continue reading

BCNC receives generous endowment at banquet

March 11- The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) hosted its 23rd annual Chinese New Year banquet at Empire Garden Restaurant. This fundraiser was a huge success.  The sold out event had a stellar turnout of more than 600 guests and supporters.  Raising over $200,000 through corporate sponsorship and silent auction, the proceeds will go toward BCNC’s children, youth and family programs. Executive Director Elaine Ng said in her remark that the agency plans to expand its family services to Quincy in order to reach out to more families in need. The highlight of the evening was when Frank K. Chin … Continue reading

Boston Red Sox and American Red Cross send relief to Japan

The Boston Red Sox fans combined more than $4,600 in donations for the Japan relief fund, which was organized before the matchup against the Yankees on March 14.  The Boston Red Sox encouraged fans to join the team in showing support for those affected by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. Led by Red Sox pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka, a native of Tokyo, Japan, and Hideki Okajima from Kyoto, Japan, the team encouraged fans to consider making donations through the team charity, the Red Sox Foundation. 100 percent of donations received will be directed to … Continue reading

AACA staff visit Japanese Consulate to express Japan quake condolences

Three Asian American Civic Association (AACA) staff members paid a visit to the Consulate-General Japan in Boston on March 18 to write messages for earthquake and tsumani victims.  The Consulate has prepared a registry for the general republic to write messages to the people of Japan who are affected by the disaster. “Words cannot describe how I feel right now.  It’s absolutely devastating to see that so many lives were lost within such a short amount time,” said Shinobu Ando, a Kobe native who teaches adult education at AACA. Ando was accompanied by Alan Phillips, AACA’s technology coordinator, and Kenneth … Continue reading

Tackey Chan speaks on running for office and community matters

March 9 – The newly elected Massachusetts State Representative Tackey Chan (D- 2nd Second Norfolk) shared his vision for the Greater Boston’s Asian communities at a forum hosted by the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) in Boston Chinatown. Chan, a former Assistant Attorney General in Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office and co-founder of Quincy Asian Resources, Inc., is proud of his city.  He grew up in Quincy and has been a community activist for the past thirteen years. “He has been a long resident of Quincy.  His brother, sister-in-law, nephew and mother also live in Quincy.  He told me earlier … Continue reading