The Chinatown Coalition convened for its monthly meeting at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center on June 13.
The Chinese Women’s Association of New England held its annual event “To Pay Tribute to Our Parents” on May 4 at the China Pearl restaurant.
The Yee and Wong Family Associations celebrated the Year of the Snake at Chinatown’s Empire Garden Restaurant. The Yee event was on March 9, while the Wong dinner was on March 10.
Despite the Commonwealth’s commitment to investing in English language and adult basic education classes, studies have shown that the programs serve only a small subset of immigrants and newcomers who need the services.
The juxtaposition of turmoil caused by a tsunami and the beauty of cherry blossoms was central to the film “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” which was screened at fundraising event Tsunami + Sandy + Deep Water Horizon at Dorchester’s Hancock 309 Gallery on March 2. The film screening is part of a month-long event that features an art exhibition, auction, music, discussions and vigil to highlight the victims of the tsunami who are still affected.
As a lifelong resident of Chinatown, I consider my upbringing similar to other kids in the neighborhood. My parents worked tirelessly, anywhere from restaurant kitchens to grimy basements, to pay the bills and keep food on the table. More often than not, my siblings and I were coerced into “job-shadowing” when neighbors and relatives were unavailable to babysit. Eventually, my parents decided to enroll us in an after-school program. What initially started as a reprieve from my parents’ busy work schedules turned out to be the most formative years of my childhood.