Well-known author gives reading at BCNC

From a comfortable armchair on a small stage at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Gish Jen asked: “Do you ever feel like you’re living in one reality and there’s a string pulling you to a different world?” Her audience laughed in recognition, and Jen smiled. “I do, too. So does Hattie Kong.” Jen, whose name appears often on lists of eminent contemporary Asian-American writers, was about to begin a reading to promote her new book, World & Town. Hattie Kong is the book’s protagonist, a Chinese immigrant who has lived in the United States for decades.  She spends her time … Continue reading

Wang YMCA celebrates its 10th year & honors three community leaders

The Wang YMCA celebrated its 96 year history and its 10th year at the Oak Street location on November 7, 2010 with their second annual Legacy Dinner.  Guests enjoyed a 10-course Chinese banquet, lion dance and tai chi performances, and raffle and silent auction items.  The event also honored three special community leaders who have helped the Wang YMCA deliver its mission of “improving the health, mind, body, and spirit of individuals and families in our communities.” Kevin Washington, President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston, spoke of the lasting impact that the YMCA has had on Chinatown: … Continue reading

Chinatown businesses going green, at last

Poultry shops are not exactly popular spots for Chinatown locals to catch up on the latest gossip. Well, there is a reason for it.  Upon entering Ming Kee Ming Kee Poultry Market on Kneeland Street, one’s olfactory and auditory senses are severely tested in the presence of the dozens of cooped-up birds.  On the afternoon November 11, a young man decided to rise to the challenge by working in the company of quacking feathered friends.  Electrician John D’Agostina spent the afternoon re-lamping and re-ballasting the lights to help the shop conserve energy and cut energy costs.   Emily Damiano, Program Director … Continue reading

Eat, Play, Laugh– Buds and Blossoms knows how to have family fun

On November 6, over 300 adults and 60 children packed into the great hall of Empire Garden Restaurant in Chinatown for the 2010 Fall Frolic, a family social and fundraising event hosted by Buds and Blossoms (B&B) Early Education and Care Center, a Mandarin-immersion childcare program under the Asian American Civic Association (AACA). The event celebrated children and the excitement of learning. Little ones huddled around various arts and crafts tables to learn about Chinese recreational activities – everything from Chinese calligraphy, chopsticks games, dough figurines, marble games and origami to reading books in Mandarin. The adults kept themselves busy … Continue reading

Advocacy groups weigh in on immigration rights

According to Lily Huang, who is affiliated with the Student Immigration Movement, “you can’t talk about immigration without talking about Asian Americans.”  On October 28, 2010, the Asian American Resource Workshop hosted the Immigration Rights Panel 101 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.  Joining Lily Huang were three other panelist: Dimple Rana (Deport Diaspora), Amy Leung (Chinese Progressive Association), and June Beack (Neighborhood Legal Services.  The topics of focus were deportation, detention, and the Dream Act. Many families come to the US in hopes of a better future, but, unfortunately, some are undocumented.  As a result, they could face deportation.  … Continue reading

Silk Road Gala: Fight against domestic violence

Lawyers, businesses, chefs, celebrities, and many others joined together at the 17th Silk Road Gala to support the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence on October 23, 2010.  Tickets to the Silk Road Gala were sold out and had 500 guests in attendance.  The successful event was able to raise over $400,000.  The night entailed entertainment, scrumptious cuisines, live and silent auctions, and inspirational speeches. Among the celebrity chefs was Ming Tsai, host of Simply Ming.  Ming is currently in the running to be the Next Iron Chef on the Food Network.  Appropriately, Ming hosted ATASK’s own rendition of Iron … Continue reading