Asian Americans penetrate into the legislature system

On January 5, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick administered the oaths and affirmations of office for the 2010-2011 House of Representatives members-elect. Tackey Chan, State Representative for the 2nd Norfolk District, and Donald Wong, State Representative for the 9th Essex District, made history in Massachusetts.  Chan and Wong are the first Asian Americans to be elected as American legislators. Wong, who was the underdog in the election, caused a huge upset when he beat 10-year incumbent, Mark Falzone.  Wong, a Republican, is a third generation Asian American and has been a resident of Saugus for over 35 years.  Wong’s accomplishments include … Continue reading

Development changes to Parcel 24

Community members, real estate experts, designers, and architects met on January 19 to discuss changes to the Parcel 24 Project.  The public meeting featured appearances by state officials, such as State Representative Aaron Michlewitz.  Eight years in the making, the Parcel 24 Project is slated to restore the residential and commercial aspects of the Chinatown area. Located at the corner of Kneeland, Albany, and Hudson Streets, Parcel 24 will consist of 345 residential units with a mix of affordable rental units and condominiums- an increase of 20 units from the original proposal.  In addition, there will be 125 parking spaces … Continue reading

Boston: A city of diversity

Helen Hui Choi, who mmigrated to the United States in 1987, has worked successfully and devotedly in serving the Asian community.  For over 20 years, Choi worked as a social worker in Hong Kong.  When she immigrated to the Unites States with her family, she became involved with the Asian American Civic Association in Boston where she provided support to many Asian immigrants.  In 1993, Choi’s journey to help others led her to become an advocate for the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK).  Choi, now retired, was an advocate for ATASK for 17 years. Undeniably, Choi is a … Continue reading

New designs and renovations to be done on Chinatown Park

On December 2nd, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) updated the Chinatown community on the recent developments with the Mary Soo Hoo (formerly Chinatown Gateway) Park.  Located on Hudson Street right along the historic Chinatown gate, the park is currently an open space with benches and a slide for young children to play.  In response to community requests last year to redesign the park in honor of longtime community activist, Mary Soo Hoo, the BRA selected the design firm Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects to assist with the project. Jill Ochs Zick, BRA’s Senior Landscape Architect, acknowledged in the presentation that … Continue reading

Plans for new Kensington Project move forward amid allegations of zoning irregularities and corruption

On November 30, a night when there was not supposed to be a meeting at all, a knot of people sat together in a Chinatown conference room. There had been six similar meetings in October, where voices were raised and arguments broke out, and the developers hosting the meeting most likely hoped that the tumult was finished.  Instead, they got more of the same on a smaller scale– a microcosm of the tensions that continue to plague Chinatown’s Kensington project. The project’s history is complex: on December 10, 2001 the Kensington Corporation approached to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) with a … Continue reading

ACDC: 23 years of community building

On November 30, 2010, Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) celebrates 23 years of service in providing support to the Asian American community of Greater Boston.  Over the years, ACDC has been working with the Asian community to increase affordable housing for rental or ownership.  Michael Tow, Board President of ADCD, stated, “The need for affordable housing is greater than ever.” During the event, keynote speaker, Marc Draisen, Executive Director  of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, gave a speech on building sustainable communities.  In addition, Kevin McCall, President of Paradigm Properties & Advisors, and Kirk Sykes, President of Urban Strategy America … Continue reading