APIA Vote to launch in Massachusetts, celebration honors bilingual ballots bill

A ceremony honoring the Coalition for Asian American Voting Rights and its efforts spearheading the recent passage and signing of a bill requiring fully transliterated Chinese and Vietnamese ballots in Boston took place at Bingham McCutchen, LLP in Boston on September 3, the night of Hurricane Earl. The event was also a celebration for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote).  APIAVote is the only national Asian American organization solely focused on civic engagement and voter engagement at the local, state, and national levels and is now launching APIAVote Massachusetts, a collaborative effort between APIAVote and a number of … Continue reading

Cathay Bank to host free basic legal considerations workshop for small businesses

Cathay Bank, along with Belin Economic Justice Project (EJP) and Ropes & Gray LLP, will be hosting a free basic legal considerations workshop for small businesses at 621 Washington Street in Boston, MA on Thursday, September 23, from 6 to 8 PM.  This workshop is the beginning of what the hosting organizations believe will be a vibrant, ongoing collaboration and of immense benefit to the Asian-American business community.  The workshop will provide an overview of a number of important business legal topics, the understanding of which can help entrepreneurs and small business owners improve their business performance while protecting themselves, … Continue reading

A rainy August Moon Festival on Quincy’s Hancock Street draws crowds after 23 years

The August Moon festival in Quincy, organized by the non-profit Quincy Asian Resources (QARI), drew thousands on August 22nd even as it rained throughout most of the day. Preceded by the Chinatown August Moon festival a week earlier, the Quincy festival celebrates this famous cultural holiday in a community with a large and rapidly growing Asian and Asian American population. In addition to performances like youth break-dancing and Chinese dance, those who came to the festival enjoyed children’s activities like a moon bounce, Chinese cultural area, a newly created food court, and information on pertinent community organizations as well as … Continue reading

Chinatown celebrates 41st August Moon Festival

On August 15th, trying not to step on someone else’s toes required quite a balancing act in Chinatown, for the overflowing 5,000 people that turned up at the August Moon Festival occupied very ounce of Harrison, Hudson, Tyler and Beach Streets. This year’s celebration was organized by Chinatown Main Streets, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) and the Chinatown Business Association, and was co-sponsored by the following:Tufts Medical Center, South Cove Community Health Center, State Street, City of Boston, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Mohegan Sun, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston and East West Bank. The … Continue reading

Taiwanese university students visit AACA’s Mandarin-immersion childcare center

On August 12, a group of six Taiwanese college students, led by Jack C. Huang, the Director of Culture Center of  the Taipei Economics and Cultural Office in Boston, paid a visit to Buds & Blossoms Early Education and Care Center.  Buds & Blossoms, a program of the Asian American Civic Association (AACA), is the first Mandarin-speaking daycare center in Boston. AACA’s Executive Director Chau-ming Lee, Buds & Blossoms’ Director Judith Kilgore and AACA’s Board President Mary Chin hosted the guests.  Sitting on the child-sized chairs in a playroom, Kilgore and Chin shared about the Center’s Mandarin-immersion program and the … Continue reading

Gov. Patrick increases outreach to Asian American voters in Quincy

Hundreds of Asian American voters and local leaders came to support Governor Patrick’s re-election campaign at Quincy’s China Pearl restaurant banquet last Sunday, one of the governor’s destinations along a tour of the South Shore and Cape Cod. Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and Candidate for State Auditor Suzanne Bump said, “I have a great respect for Governor Patrick and the work he has done bringing all of us together as a community.  It was an honor for me to be a member of his cabinet.  I look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.” The … Continue reading