Chinatown Park receives new furniture

The first set of three tables and chairs were installed on the Rose Kennedy Greenway Chinatown Park on March 18. The furniture was purchased with funds initially granted by the Barr Foundation to the Mayor’s Completion Task Force. The initial grant was used by the Chinatown community for planning and translation of materials during the design phase of the Chinatown Park. In 2008, the community led a series of discussions on public art and possible improvements to the park. Community members who attended these discussions indicated the need for furniture, particularly at the edges of the park’s plaza. Working with … Continue reading

CNC approves of Hayward Place new developments

South Cove Chinatown Neighborhood Council held their monthly meeting on February 22, 2011. The main topic of discussion revolved around Hayward Place.  Christine Dunn, a representative from the Millennium-Partners Boston, announced a few modifications to the former sketch of Hayward Place. The newly proposed plan consists of 15 floors – 14 residential floors and 1 retail floor.  The previous diagram was envisioned to have 14 floors and the changes were made possible by reducing the height of each floor.  In addition, there will be 265 living units and 125 parking spaces. Dunn projects that things will be finalized soon. Dunn … Continue reading

Future leaders meet at Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations

Stephen Li, a student at Simon Fraser University in Canada, always dreamed of traveling to Boston to study at Harvard University or at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “My dream came true when HPAIR accepted me for the three-day conference,” Li said. Over four days last February, international students, from as far as South Korea and Australia, came together during the 20th anniversary of the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) to examine the most pressing issues impacting Asia today.  Each delegate lived with a Harvard student and attended dinners and an International student performance together. With the … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Growing market for American business

The Hong Kong government and Hong Kong Association of Massachusetts (HKAMA) co-hosted a reception in celebration of The Year of the Rabbit, bringing together those with an affiliation and interest in Hong Kong.  Under the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Julia Leung spoke in place of Guest of Honor Hong Kong Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Professor K.C. Chan.   Chan could not attend “due to unforeseen official commitments,” according to the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office. U.S. Hong Kong Commissioner Donald Tong offered brief opening remarks about Hong Kong’s current economic situation before Leung updated … Continue reading

Beloved bakery owner shares her story

Sticky buns aglow with a patina of sugar; cookies stuffed with raisins and chocolate chips; rich, fudgy brownies; croissants, flaky and golden: these are the treasures to be discovered at the Flour Bakery, the brainchild of Taiwanese-American Joanne Chang, who found much of her inspiration for the Bostonian bakery phenomenon in her sweets-free childhood. “I didn’t grow up with pastry,” she told a full house at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)recently. “It was a big deal when my mom took out oranges after dinner.” She paused to take a sip of tea, her throat scratchy from laryngitis. (“I didn’t … Continue reading

Chinatown ushers in the Year of the Rabbit

In observance of the Lunar New Year, Chinatown Main Street held the annual lion dance parade on Sunday, February 13.  There were various lion dances from numerous organizations, such as Wah Lum, Gund Kwok, and many more.  After each organization performed, they paraded through the streets of Chinatown, performing in front of every storefront to bring them luck and wealth. Along with the lion dances were also dragon dances.  To differentiate between the two types of dances, lion dances consists of only two people, whereas dragon dances consists of multiple. Fire crackers, drums, and lion dances were heard and seen … Continue reading