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