Chinese-American candidates prevail in primary election

It was a night of celebration at the Fox & Hound Wood Grille and Tavern in Quincy and Kowloon Restaurant in Saugus on September 14.  After all, winning the primary election meant party time for Democratic candidate Tackey Chan and Republican candidate Donald Wong.  But the race is not over yet.  Both Chan and Wong will move on to the next and final leg – the general election on November 2. Chan, running for the 2nd Norfolk District in Quincy, scored a narrow win against attorney Joseph Keegan 2,684 to 2,572.  A former state assistant attorney general from Wollaston, Chan … Continue reading

Fifth Annual Films at the Gate maintains Chinatown tradition, builds community

As a blistering day faded into evening last week, a group of film students sat in folding chairs eating takeout by the Chinatown gate. Nearby, a group of elderly women chatted in Cantonese, disrupted by yells from a raucous game of tag. It was the final night of Films at the Gate, the film series that brings Chinatown locals and kung fu film lovers together from across the city to celebrate and revitalize the area’s history of community through film. Beginning in cinema’s Depression era heyday, three movie theaters competed for the attention of Chinatown moviegoers: the Pagoda on Washington … Continue reading

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