Chinatown meeting roundup: Safety Committee, Resident Association

Political candidates attend the Chinatown Residential Association meeting. PHOTO BY VEKONDA LUANGAPHAY

  The Chinatown Safety Committee (CSC) and the Chinatown Resident Association (CRA) met Sept. 3. CSC The CSC meeting took place at the DoubleTree Hotel. It discussed crime updates from police department, community business proposals and concerns about discarded needles. “This is a public health issue,” Phil McGovern, Captain of Office and Safety and Security at Boston Emergency Medical Service, said. “If you pick the needle up off of private property and dump it on public property, it is against the law.” He suggested that the public health department and the Needles Exchange Program help place needle disposal boxes in … Continue reading

Chinatown celebrates August Moon Festival

The Wong Keung Lion Dance Troupe performed a dragon dance at the Chinatown August Moon Festival on Aug. 10. (Photo courtesy of Leonardo March)

The Chinatown August Moon Festival took place August 10 , hosted by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association. The day was sunny as attendees grabbed the plentiful freebies, explored vendors, ate delicious food and watched Chinese folk performances. The moon festival is a Chinese celebration where family and friends break away from their busy lives to come together and feast, while enjoying fun from arts and crafts to sports. The festival started off with speeches from local politicians such as Boston  City Councilor Michelle Wu Political candidates running in the Sept. 9 primary electionalso campaigned, such as Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins. … Continue reading

Chinatown celebrates victory in Asian American voting rights

Chinatown community groups celebrated the passing of bilingual ballots in Boston on Aug. 13 at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School. (Image courtesy of Ellen Duong)

BY ELLEN DUONG On July 15, Gov. Deval Patrick  signed a bill requiring Chinese and Vietnamese bilingual ballots to be made available at polling stations in Boston, thus marking a monumental event in the fight for equality in Asian American voting rights.  A celebration sponsored by the Chinese Progressive Association, the Boston Chinatown Resident Association and the Coalition for Asian American Voting Rights (CAAVR) was held August 13 at the Josiah Quincy School cafeteria to recognize the hard work and efforts of those involved in the push for bilingual ballots in Boston. Many people braved the rain to celebrate the … Continue reading