Harvard University Chinese Student Association Welcomes New Students

Immersed in the festivities of this year’s Mid-autumn festival, Harvard University welcomed its 375th class of freshmen. The Harvard-Radcliff Chinese Students Association held a reception to welcome the new students hailing from China. Haoxuan Dong, the current CSA cultural chair was the MC for the event. In her introduction of the keynote speaker, Dr. Yang Shi from the Harvard Medical School, she added humorously that “Professor Shi is one of the most well-known

Asian American professors in the field of life sciences, but also the most handsome, not one of.” Everyone burst out laughing. Continue reading

Asian Poverty Down, Despite Declining Household Incomes

In the face of a down economy and falling household incomes, fewer Asians in the United States are living under the poverty line, according to data from the Census Bureau that was released last week. Only 12.1 percent of Asians, comprising of 1,729 people, were categorized as living under the poverty line in 2010, as opposed to 12.5 percent, some 1,746 people, in 2009 – a decline of 0.4 percent. Asians were the only race that showed improvement on the poverty front, while other categories of races (White, Hispanic, and Black) all showed increases in poverty numbers. Asians, however, showed … Continue reading

East West Bank Launches Small Business Administration Lending Programs

In a difficult economy, small businesses are essential in creating jobs. In an effort to provide a friendlier environment for more growth in small businesses, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched two lending programs that were introduced to the public on Thursday, 18 August 2011, at a seminar organized by East West Bank (EWB), one of the participating banks providing the service. The well-attended seminar took place at EWB’s Chinatown location (68 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111), where both lending programs – the 7(a) Program for business loans and the 504 Program for real estate loans – were presented. … Continue reading

First “Meet the Candidates” Session Attracts Active Community Participation

An APIAVote-sponsored bilingual (Cantonese and English) session of “Meet the Candidates Speaker Series – U.S. Senate” took place on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 1 PM on the second floor of China Pearl Restaurant (9 Tyler Street, Boston). Thursday’s session was for Setti Warren, a Democratic candidate for the 2012 U.S. Senate Scott Brown seat, to meet the Chinatown communities. Cambridge City Councillor of Asian descendent Leland Cheung also attended the session to show his support. Thursday’s session was the first in the series before many others all over Massachusetts with other candidates from both parties. Thursday’s meeting witnessed effective … Continue reading

Community Development Remains Central Theme at TCC Meeting

BOSTON, MA – A busy last meeting for summer of the Chinatown Coalition (TCC) took place on Thursday, 14 July 2011 at 9:30 AM at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC). The productive meeting concluded with discussions about various building projects benefiting the Chinese community throughout Greater Boston. The meeting commenced with a report to the community from Chinatown Trust Fund on its work from 2004 to 2010. It all started in 1987, when visionary Chinatown community members formed a minority-owned joint venture and seized a unique opportunity to build on a vacant land parcel while creating specific community benefits … Continue reading

Councilor Linehan Fundraiser Dinner at the China Pearl

On July 10th, the friends of Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan held a fundraiser dinner for Councilor Linehan at the China Pearl Restaurant in Chinatown. Councilor Linehan represents District 2 of Boston, which includes Chinatown.  He has represented this district since 2007.  During the fundraiser, Councilor Linehan stated that support from Chinatown voters was crucial to his victory in 2007 and he urged attendees to continue their support by voting for him again this year in the preliminary municipal election on September 27. But even before officially representing Chinatown, Councilor Linehan had been involved in Chinatown and the South Boston … Continue reading