Boston remembers a Chinese patriot (Szeto Wah, 1931-2011)

The popular uprising in Egypt is causing worldwide anxiety about the political future of the Middle East. Meanwhile, the longstanding struggle for democracy in another ancient civilization turned modern nation was commemorated around the globe. Thousands in Hong Kong and overseas cities paid their final respects to veteran democracy campaigner, Szeto Wah, who died last month after battling cancer. He was 79. In Boston’s Chinatown, dozens gathered on January 30 to remember “Uncle Wah”, as he was affectionately known in Hong Kong. The vigil was held by the Association of Overseas Hong Kong Chinese for Democracy and Human Rights, and … Continue reading

Asian American Commission honors Chang-Díaz, Chan and Wong

February 7—The Massachusetts Asian American Commission (AAC) hosted a reception honoring the newly elected and reelected Asian American legislators – Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz (D-Second Suffolk), Representative Tackey Chan (D-Quincy) and Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus). “For me, it is really a privilege to have both Representatives Chan and Wong in the legislature.  I’ve always been very cognizant about coming in as the first Asian-American to be elected to the legislature….the first person of color in the Senate…it’s hard to be there on your own.  Thank you so much to both of you personally for taking the great step of putting your … Continue reading

Szeto Wah, political activist in Hong Kong, dies at 79 Commemoration vigil to be held in Boston on January 30

Szeto Wah, a former political activist in Hong Kong who was affectionately known as Uncle Wah, died of lung cancer on January 2.  He was 79 years old. Szeto was union leader and critic of British colonial rule who later became a critic of the Chinese Communist Party after the repression of students in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 1989. Szeto, never married, was also active in Hong Kong’s own democracy campaign. He was a founding member of the United Democrats of Hong Kong, which later became the Democratic Party and the territory’s leading opposition party. In 2004, … Continue reading

Tenants in the Fenway fight to save long-term affordability

January 13 —As a preamble to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Action for Regional Equity hosted a press conference in Boston about equitable access to affordable housing in Massachusetts.  One of the issues that arose from the discussion was an effort to save long-term affordability in the Fenway neighborhood.  Tenants of Burbank Apartments in the Fenway, which includes immigrants, may lose their affordable apartments on April 1st of this year, when the mortgage of Burbank Apartments, financed by the U.S Department of Housing& Urban Development (HUD), is due to expire. Faced with the potential loss of 173 affordable housing … Continue reading

Tufts Medical Center makes improving China town’s health status one of its new year’s resolutions

Five Chinatown community-based organizations each received a grant on January 19 to participate in the 2011 round of Tufts Medical Center’s Asian Health Initiative (AHI).  The Asian American Civic Association (AACA), Boston Asian: Youth Essential service, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC); Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, and Wang YMCA are among the selected participants. Through AHI funds and a variety of community programs, these grantees are to provide programming that works to prevent or address diabetes, obesity or tobacco use. “We have an AHI advisory committee, which consists of hospital staff, community members and myself.  It’s folks who are … Continue reading

Traffic and safety of Chinatown

Even with the slippery sidewalks and puddles of water that could cover up to one’s ankle, it did not stop dedicated members to attend the Chinatown Neighborhood Council (CNC) Meeting on January 8, 2011.  While members were drenched from the rain and trying to wipe themselves dry, the meeting still started at 6:00 (AM/PM?). Wingkay Leung, President of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England, brought up a concern that he noticed in the Chinatown community.  Leung’s concern was that there was unnecessary traffic congestion at the intersections around Kneeland St. and Harrison because of the expressway.  He believes … Continue reading