Youth Council helps register voters in Chinatown

BY ARICK WONG As the Nov. 4 general election approaches, the Asian American Civic Association Youth Council provided informative pamphlets and registration forms in English and Chinese to residents in Tai Tung Village and Mass Pike Towers. Interpreters were presented to help prospective voters complete the required documents and answered questions. There are many residents and most of them are Chinese, that’s why we chose these locations,” said Scarlett Wu, special project coordinator for the AACA. Carmen Jiang, AACA Youth Council member and junior at Brandeis University explained that she was there because voting is, “A good chance for minorities … Continue reading

Republican governor hopeful Charlie Baker visits Chinatown

Charlie Baker visited Chinatown on Oct. 12. (L to R) Lili Mei, Frank Chin, state Rep. Donald Wong and Sherry Dong 
(Image courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay.)

Republican governor candidate Charlie Baker campaigned in Chinatown at the Nam Pai Boston Ultimate Fitness gym on Harrison Street on Oct. 12. “He is a very compassionate person, and he knows his material well,” said Amy Guen, a 90-year-old Chinatown resident, about Baker’s health care experience. She was sitting with more than 70 attendees, including many senior citizens. State rep. Donald Wong and community leader Frank Chin helped organize the Baker event in Chinatown. In 1994, Baker signed legislation to make Medicare supplement insurance more affordable for low-income elders. Baker was the president and CEO of Harvard Vanguard’s parent company, … Continue reading

Chinatown backs Coakley for governor in primary race

BY RICHARD LEVINE AND VEKONDA LUANGAPHAY At the Metropolitan polling station in Chinatown, poll workers prepared on Sept. 9 for voters to select their candidates for state office. “On the election and administration side, they’re working so hard to put the election together: training the staff, getting the ballots ready, getting the equipment ready, and just the time and energy put into it,” said Helen Wong, polling station warden. The polling station for Ward 3, Precinct 8, covers Chinatown and the Leather District. A total of 8,630 precinct residents included 4,457 are registered voters, and 12.74 percent — 568 of … Continue reading

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