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

Governor Patrick campaign crew drops by the Quincy Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee’s July meeting

Director of Community Relations from Governor Patrick’s campaign Christina Chan stopped by the City of Quincy’s Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Committee meeting on July 24th to announce Governor Patrick’s upcoming Town Hall Meeting with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities on August 7th from 12:00-1:30 at the China Pearl Restaurant in Quincy. Additionally, members from the newly established Asian American Association of Quincy, a non-profit organization located at 1073 Hancock Street, Room 400 primarily serving Asians and Asian American in Quincy, visited the meeting to discuss the organization and announce their upcoming banquet. The banquet will celebrate the grand … Continue reading

On campaign trail – Governor Patrick meets with Toi Shan Family Association

As one of his campaign stops, Governor Deval Patrick on August 2nd visited the Boston Toi Shan Family Association during its monthly luncheon at Emperor Garden in Chinatown.  Over 200 elderly members, seated around big round dim sum tables, partook in the luncheon.  Unfazed by the potential language barrier, the Governor greeted his hosts in Cantonese.  Simple phrases such as “good morning,” “thank you” and “how are you” go a long way in making the crowd smile. Members of the Association recognized the Governor for his continuous support of the Chinatown and Chinese-American community.  Last year, the Governor appointed, Paul … Continue reading