Chinatown celebrates victory in Asian American voting rights

Chinatown community groups celebrated the passing of bilingual ballots in Boston on Aug. 13 at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School. (Image courtesy of Ellen Duong)

BY ELLEN DUONG On July 15, Gov. Deval Patrick  signed a bill requiring Chinese and Vietnamese bilingual ballots to be made available at polling stations in Boston, thus marking a monumental event in the fight for equality in Asian American voting rights.  A celebration sponsored by the Chinese Progressive Association, the Boston Chinatown Resident Association and the Coalition for Asian American Voting Rights (CAAVR) was held August 13 at the Josiah Quincy School cafeteria to recognize the hard work and efforts of those involved in the push for bilingual ballots in Boston. Many people braved the rain to celebrate the … Continue reading

Federal grants allow Chinatown organizations to help close opportunity gap for Boston residents

Community organizations in Chinatown received funding to to support workforce training, education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, adult literacy and social services. In July 2014, Boston Mayor Marty. Walsh announced that the City of Boston’s Office of Jobs and Community Services will provide  more than $7 million a variety of sources federal community development block grants (CDBG) to close the opportunity gap for adults and youth across Boston. “We’re a city that consistently achieves at the highest of levels, but we cannot afford to be satisfied until all of our residents have a chance to create a … Continue reading

Chinatown Neighborhood Council looks at local safety

The Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council met on August 18 for its monthly meeting to discuss new business approvals and keeping Chinatown clean, particularly alleys. The meeting was held at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. The council suggested working with Boston’s licensing board so businesses must approval from the CNC on new proposals, so businesses maintain a healthy relationship with the community. The council proposed talking with the Boston city government and the Chinatown Safety Committee about involving the neighborhood council. The council discussed a Chinatown shooting that occurred August 17 on Edinboro Street, after four men were hospitalized. Boston police … Continue reading

Building Bridges to College

A student introduces himself to his new classmates at the Bridges to College orientation. (Image courtesy of Janet Van.) BY PAIGE KELLOWAY, JOYCE LIN, and MEGHAN B. JOHNSON On July 22, over 40 individuals from all over the world met at Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) in Boston to begin their higher education journey through the Bridges to College Program, a free, 23-week program that prepares foreign students for college in the United States. Students participating in the program hail from countries such as China, Thailand, Macedonia, India and Brazil, and fall between 18 and 65 years old. Their career paths … Continue reading