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Upcoming Events
Lunar New Year Celebration
Feb. 25, 11:00am-3:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Pao Arts Center! Drop in for family-friendly activities including lantern making, lion dancing demonstrations at 12:00, 12:30 and 1:00, and dumpling making class at 11 am, and more. Register here.
Chinatown Presents: Boston Asian American Film Festival
March 1, April 5, & May 4, 6:30-8:30pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Films take center stage at the Pao Arts Center with three films presented by the Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF)! Join us for a curated selection of documentary films showcasing both contemporary and historic Asian American experiences and over three evenings this spring. Learn more and register here.
Anime Class for Kids
Saturdays in March, 10:30am-12:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
 
Join us to learn how to illustrate Japanese-style anime characters! Artist Shaina Lu leads this four-class series for children ages 8-12. $50 fee for four classes; all materials are provided. Register here.
Chinese Brush Painting Class: Plum Blossoms
Saturdays in March, 2:00-3:30pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Dip into an immersion of Chinese Brush Painting in this four-class series. This class is suitable whether you are a budding novice or an experienced painter. With guidance from instructor Xiaoyong Liu, students will learn to explore the floral beauty of spring by painting plum blossoms. $100 for four classes; all materials provided. Register here.
Chinese New Year Banquet
March 2nd, 5:30-9:00pm
Hei La Moon Restaurant, 88 Beach St., Boston
Thanks to our generous supporters and sponsors, our annual Banquet is sold out! Even if you won't be attending, you can still join us in supporting immigrant families! We want to provide 15 families with an intensive Strengthening Families program. Will you help us reach our goal? A gift of $75 pays for 1 session for 1 family. To make a gift, just text "BCNC" to 243725. 
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February 2018 News
Adults Graduate With Job Skills
Congratulations to our graduates from the winter ESL for Customer Service course! The graduation ceremony featured LaKeisha Franklin of the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development; Oz Zekeriyef of International Shoppes; and BCNC alum Yanyi Guan, who now works at iShoppes. One graduate, Erika, shares "This class taught me so many things, not just about English, but about the American lifestyle and how to achieve my career goals." Special thanks to Chinese Progressive Association and Mayor's Office of Workforce Development.
Youth Receive Employment Opportunities
The Youth Center is proud to receive a grant from John Hancock to employ four MLK Scholars this summer. As a crucial part of the summer staff team, MLK Scholars will develop projects that benefit youth participants. Thank you to John Hancock for supporting employment and summer opportunities for youth!
Exploring Music and Visual Arts
Children in the Red Oak After School program have been busy with a new arts-focused curriculum. Our youngest students are learning Spanish through singing “La Bamba” and dipping their toes into ornithology through creating bird collages. The older elementary students are drumming along to the “Lion King," and building houses in their visual arts class.
Shaw Pong Liu
BCNC Portraits: Tammy Hui
In 2007, Tammy sought a volunteer opportunity where she could use her marketing skills to serve the Asian community. Her search led her to become one of BCNC's most loyal volunteers. In the past 10 years, Tammy helped start the Bamboo Circle, assisted in marketing, social media, and event planning and served on the marketing and fundraising committees.
 
"When you look at BCNC’s breadth of programs, the passion of its staff, and the commitment it has for the long term health of Chinatown, you’ll easily understand why BCNC has a steadily-growing base of supporters like myself," says Tammy. "I’m excited to watch BCNC’s continued growth from my new home in California, and I hope to see new supporters step in and be a part of it!"
Thank you, Tammy for your service and support to BCNC!
New Exhibit on Immigration Brings Crowds
Kulap: New Works by Filipino American artist Bren Bataclan, inspired by his own immigration to Daly City, California in 1981 brought a full house at its opening reception. Visit the Pao Arts Center to view Bren Bataclan's minimalist, hyper-stylized compositions that are immediately accessible to viewers of all ages and backgrounds. Click here for hours and upcoming events and classes.
Bren Bataclan
Special Thanks
Special thanks to the following institutions for their support in January 2018:
Beacon Commuities LLC, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Blue Hills Community Health Alliance (CHNA 20), Boston Financial Investment Management LP, Charles River Associates, Community Music Center of Boston, Courtyard Marriott - North End, Dao Hang Enterprise, The Fallon Company, Hengtian Services LLC, HUB International NE LLC, OTTO Pizza, Santander Bank, South Cove Community Health Center, & State Street Corporation.
2017 Annual Report

Dear ,

We are pleased to share with you our 2017 Annual Report (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017), which highlights our accomplishments as we continue our mission to serve the community. As the families in our communities strive to achieve their American Dream, we thank you for your unwavering support that has made this possible. We are excited to embark on another year of this journey with you. Thank you for your partnership and support.
Warm regards,
Giles Li, Executive Director
Eugene Mahr, Board President
January 2018
In the News
Rendering by Stantec



ACDC's proposal to develop Parcel 12 in Chinatown was featured in the Boston Globe recently! The proposal includes the development of 171 all-income restricted rental and homeownership units, a community space for a permanent public library in Chinatown, and was developed in partnership with Tufts Shared Services, Corcoran Jennison Companies and Millennium Boston.

"When the opportunity arose to buy Parcel 12 - as the lot is known - it made sense to build such housing there, said Angie Liou, executive director of the Asian CDC, which builds affordable housing in Chinatown. It and other community groups have long considered the lot a potential site for housing in a part of town that is being squeezed by nearby development."



Free Placemaking Workshop with Boston Society of Architects 
ACDC's placemaking efforts have really been much more about "placekeeping"- maintaining the identity and boundaries of Chinatown. Executive Director Angie Liou will share her insights and discuss ACDC's approach, particularly how youth and residents lead the efforts.

January 29, 2018 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
BSA Office at 290 Congress Street, Suite 200
Boston, MA 02210

Lobby Day with APIs CAN on Data Disaggregation Bill
We organized with API's CAN and fellow community organizations, residents and community members to advocate for disaggregating AAPI data (bill H. 3361). We talked to legislators about why this bill is important and accompanied our residents and other constituents as they talked to show numbers.


Asian Americans are an extremely diverse group whose population stems from more than 20 different countries of origin. As a result, Asian Americans have very different backgrounds in terms of economic status, language, culture, history, and immigrant experience. Without data available by Asian subgroup, the different experiences and needs of Asian Americans are lost in a single, aggregated category. This means that policymakers, healthcare workers, educators, entrepreneurs, and social service providers lack important information needed to better serve their communities. We urge state agencies that collect racial data to further detail these categories by ethnicity/subgroup.

There will be a hearing for the data disaggregation bill on TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 1 PM at the GARDNER AUDITORIUM in the MA STATE HOUSE. 

ACDC Expanding Youth Programs to Malden!
We are excited to announce that ACDC will be expanding youth programs to Malden!

Meet Yuqi, our new Youth Programs Associate who will be running the Malden youth program and is currently working with two Malden high school students, Xiaolin and Qingyi, to launch the program this spring. 

Yuqi has worked at the national and local level on issues such as food insecurity, workers' rights, and tax reform with a racial and economic justice lens. Yuqi brings extensive experience in policy analysis, program evaluation, and training and facilitation. She hails from Chicago, and earned her Bachelor's degree in Economics, Chinese, and Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis.


Last week, James and Yining, two A-VOYCE alumni from Malden, led a tour of Malden including  Malden Center, Malden High School and new developments. On the tour, staff learned that Malden High is the state's most racially diverse high school. We look forward to expanding our services in Malden, where we have had first-time homebuyer and financial education and counseling programs since 2016.

In Malden Center
At Malden High School











At ACDC's Malden office, hosted by our partner, Eastern Bank
Save the Date - Heart of the Community Dim Sum Breakfast

Our annual Heart of the Community Dim Sum Breakfast will be held on Friday, April 27th at 7:30AM.

Mark your calendars and join ACDC, along with our partners, supporters to celebrate the community and the outstanding leaders who have shown an inspiring dedication to serving those in need.
ACDC Blog - New Posts!

We have some new blog posts up, including one introducing our newest contributor, Lee-Daniel, an A-VOYCE youth whose interests include photography and photojournalism!


Thank you to our 2017 supporters!


Thank you for investing in the community! Together, we completed achievements such as the construction on 51, all-affordable condos in Chinatown; served over 350 households with first-time homebuyer and financial counseling and education; and supported over 60 youth in developing and strengthening their leadership and community advocacy skills. We look forward to working with you in 2018 to deliver more quality programs and services and continue building affordable homes, empowering families and strengthening communities!



Donors listed have made contributions from January 2017 through December 31, 2017.

Institutional
Individual
Asian American Lawyers Association of MA
Bank of America - Merrill Lynch
Blue Hills Bank Foundation
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center c/o ArtPlace America
Boston College
Boston Community Capital
The Boston Foundation - Open Door Fund
The Boston Home Center
Boston Private Bank
The Brennan Group
BSA Foundation
Bunker Hill Community College
Capital One
Castle Square Tenants Organization
CBT Architects
Century Bank
Chicken and Rice Guys
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England
Chin & Curtis LLC
Chinese Progressive Association
CliftonLarsonAllen
Clark Lau Associates
Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation
Corcoran Jennison Co.
Cottonwood Management
The Coulter Foundation
The Davis Companies
East Boston Savings Bank
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
East West Bank
Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
Enterprise Community Partners
First Republic Bank
Gee How Oak Tin Association of New England
Hackett Feinberg P.C.
The Hamilton Company Foundation
Hines
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
The Josiah Quincy Upper School
KJP Partners LLP
Klein Hornig LLP
Koya Leadership Partners c/o Alena Guerra
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
The Law Office Of Joel A. Stein
Leader Bank
Maloney Properties
MassHousing
Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Massachusetts Investment Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC)
McPhail Associates
Millennium Partners
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Myers+Chang
National CAPACD
Needham Bank
NEI General Contracting
New Boston Fund / The Tower at One Greenway
Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
People's United Community Foundation
Penrose Realty
Pinck & Co.
RBC Capital Markets
Robinson+Cole LLP
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Santander Bank
Security Service Specialists
South Cove Community Health Center
South Cove Manor
Tai Tung Pharmacy / Realty
Takeda Oncology

TD Bank Charitable Foundation
Tisch Counsel for Philanthropic Leadership
Traggorth Companies
Trinity Management
Tufts Medical Center
Tufts University
The United Way of Mass Bay & Merrimack Valley
U.S. Trust
Veolia
VHB
Walker & DiMarco, P.C.
Walmart
Webster Bank
Wellesley Bank
Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
Anonymous
Jim Calvin & Vikaneda Phothibout
Paul K. Chan
Steve Chan
Caroline & Gene Chang
Nick & Eva Chau
Steven Chen
Yongmei Chen
Amy Cheung & Pradeep Mangalath
Alyna Chien
Eleanor Chin
Francis E. Chin & Wai J. Chow-Chin
Frank & Kathleen Chin
Helen Chin-Schlichte
Terry Chin
Denny Ching
Bernard Chiu
Michael Cifelli
Mimi Daumy
Derek Doo
Nick Elton
Gay Eng
Doug Fambrough
Kenneth Fan
Stephanie & John Fan
Jim Fong
Nino Gilarde
Michael S. Greco
Eugene Ho & Natalie Truong
Helen Ho & Henry Wang
Nancy Hunt
Sylvia Hammer
Alyson Hussey
Justin Kang
Sarah G. Kim
Dr. Donald Korb
Terry Kwan
Edward Lee
Paul W. Lee & Mary Lee
Rebecca A. Lee
Tunney Lee
Amanda Linehan
Matthew Liang
Steve Lin
Doug Ling
Desmond Liu
Harry Luke
Susan Luo & Cyrus Moyazeni
Peter & Betsy Madsen
Thomas Maxwell
Suzanne Metro
Andy Ming
Michael Monroe
Ann C. Moy
Jeff Moy
Sam Moy
Peter Munkenbeck
Evelyn Murphy & Jacque Friedman
Ivy & David Nagahiro
Yvonne Ng
Abby Nguyen-Burke & Timothy Burke
Tina & Dave O'Toole
Karla Portocarrero & Andrew Fuller
Linda Y. See
Lorraine See
Karen & Nelson SooHoo
Helen Tang
Michael Tow
Randy & Susan Tow
Marian Tse & James Lee
Geoffrey & Annamarie Why
Jeffrey Wong
Kwai & Lung Wong
Mary Wong
Sonny Wong
Valerie Wong
Michelle Wu
Cynthia Yee
Stephen Yee
Emily K. Yu


Upcoming Events
Chinese New Year Banquet
March 2nd, 5:30-9:00pm
Hei La Moon Restaurant, 88 Beach St., Boston
The BCNC Chinese New Year Banquet is one of the largest community celebrations in Chinatown, with 600 guests in attendance. Your support at this annual sold-out event helps to provide essential family-centered services to over 3,000 people each year. Click here to sponsor and purchase your tickets today. Special thanks to our platinum sponsors Tufts Medical Center and Capital One.
Bamboo Circle Hot Pot Dinner
Feb. 3rd, 4:00-7:00pm 
BCNC, 38 Ash St., Boston
Join other young professionals for a traditional winter hot pot meal while supporting a good cause. Purchase your $25 pre-sale ticket here, which includes all food and drink. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Center.  
Palaver Strings Community Concert & Workshop
Feb. 4th, 4:00-6:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Join Palaver Strings for a performance workshop showcasing the experiences of Irish, Cape Verdean, and Chinese communities. The performance will feature new compositions and spoken word personal narratives inspired by the incredible stories of immigrants and their descendants. Suggested donation is $10. Register here.
Bamboo Circle Basketball Tournament
Feb. 9th, 5:30-9:00pm
Josiah Quincy Elementary School Gymnasium
885 Washington St., Boston
It's back by popular demand! Round up two of your friends and sign up for BCNC's Second Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The winning team will receive $200 in prize money, a trophy and, most importantly, bragging rights. Proceeds will benefit BCNC's Youth Center. Register your team here by Tuesday, Feb. 6th.  
Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy - A Multimedia Concert
Feb. 10th, 6:00-8:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
No-No Boy is a multimedia concert and immersive experience featuring singer/songwriter Julian Saporiti. The concert shines a light on diverse but interconnected histories: WWII Japanese Incarceration, Southeast Asian refugees, and kids in middle-America making sense of hyphenated identities. Suggested donation is $10. Register here.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Feb. 25th, 11:00am-3:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Pao Arts Center! Drop in for family-friendly activities including lantern making, lion dancing demonstrations, dumpling making classes, and more. Register here.

BCNC Pao Arts Center Presents
Cambridge Artist Bren Bataclan
Explores Immigrant Experience in America

Kulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan
January 18 to April 28, 2018
BCNC Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street, Boston, MA
Opening Reception: Jan 18, 6:30 - 7 pm

Boston, MA – The Pao Arts Center presents its winter exhibition, Kulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan, which explores the artist’s immigrant experience to the Daly City, San Francisco in 1981. Kulap is on view from January 18 – April 28, 2018.   The Pao Arts Center’s main gallery features 15 brand-new paintings created for this exhibition.  The immigrant experience in America has always been multifaceted, yet the process of coming to and becoming a part of the United States engenders challenges and triumphs that share many common features: the struggle to adapt, to acquire vital knowledge and skills, to balance the need to adopt the new culture with the claims of the old home; the experiences of racism and exclusion, and the tightly-knit comfort of a diaspora.

In the early 2000s, Bren began giving away paintings in public spaces with a note saying, "This painting is yours if you promise to smile at random people more often." Since then, he has given away 3,000 paintings in 70 different countries and to all 50 U.S. states. Schools began to ask Bren to give presentations about his kindness-related street art project. His presentations led to 150 mural projects for schools, hospitals and businesses. Heinemann Press published an elementary school textbook entitled, "The Smile Artist," about his artwork. And in 2017, he gave a TEDxTalk about his street art project. Bren received his BA in design at UCLA (summa cum laude) and his MA in computer animation at the Ohio State University.
Today the Asian American Civic Association is proud to celebrate 25 years of our NextStep program. The Next Step program has helped thousands of immigrants from around the world learn the language skills they need to succeed in college and career. 
AACA NextStep 25th Anniversary
Photo: The first classroom was in the current Metropolitan Apartment Buildingin Chinatown.  
We are have one of the top programs in the state, and this is a testament to our amazing staff and more importantly, the hard-working and diverse students who come here with a dream and a desire to better themselves and their families. Immigrants are an important cornerstone to our economy and society. They have helped us grow and prosper as a city, state and nation.
Thank you to the numerous people that have been part of this program for 25 years and we look forward to serving many more in the next 25 years. 
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) Hosts
30th Annual Chinese New Year Banquet
Year of the Dog

WHAT:                 The BCNC Chinese New Year Banquet is one of the largest community celebrations in Chinatown, with 600 guests in attendance. This annual sold-out event serves as BCNC’s biggest fundraiser, raising funds to provide essential family-centered services to over 3,000 people each year.

WHEN:                 Friday March 2, 2018
                                5:30 pm Wine & Dim Sum Reception and Silent Auction
7:00 pm Traditional Banquet and Program

WHERE:               Hei La Moon Restaurant | 88 Beach Street | Boston, MA

ATTEND:             Individual Ticket – $200
Table of 10 and listing as table head in the program book - $2,000
To become a sponsor, advertiser in the program book, or table host, please visit our website (bcnc.net/upcoming-events)

RSVP:                    RSVP by 2/9/18: Contact Jean.Quintal@bcnc.net or 617.603.2540. 

About Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC):
Founded in 1969, BCNC is the largest nonprofit social service provider for Asian American and Asian immigrant families in the Greater Boston Area, supporting over 3,000 children, youth, and adults each year at three locations in Boston and Quincy. The mission of BCNC is to ensure that the children, youth, and families we serve have the resources and supports they need to achieve greater economic success and social well-being.

December 2017 News
Introducing Boston Marathon Team BCNC!
Thanks to the John Hancock Marathon Non-Profit program, BCNC is excited to announce our runners for the 2018 Boston Marathon, Ryan Ng and Allen Chan! Ryan started running as part of a New Year's resolution, and his parents were so inspired that they started running as well. Allen, a retired CEO, started running marathons four years ago at age 60 and will have completed 14 marathons by the time of the Boston Marathon. Click here to learn more and support their goal to raise $15,000 for BCNC!
Parents Build Bonds with Their Children
This fall, Family Services held a 10-week Parenting Journey program for immigrant parents with children who were born in the US and then sent back home to China to be raised by extended family members. Parents learned about rebuilding relationships with their children, self-care, communication, and attachment issues. One father shared, "BCNC helped my wife and I communicate much better. Now, we are on the same page and support each other in parenting our son."
Build a Better Life Campaign Update
Thanks to your support, we have reached 80% of the $3.5 million goal! One initiatve of the Campaign is to launch the new Pao Arts Center. Since May, over 1,000 visitors have come for performances, classes, and events. Join us this Saturday, December 16th at 2 pm for a concert by Shaw Pong Liu, the Pao Arts Center's first artist-in-residence. Learn more the concert and events at the Arts Center.
Shaw Pong Liu
BCNC Portraits: Linda Duong
BCNC staff member Linda Duong was recently named a peer advisor for the Obama Foundation. As part of this prestigious honor, Linda participated in a day-long community engagement training last month along with 160 other individuals. The training emphasized the use of storytelling and community building to make a difference in the community. Congratulations, Linda!
Youth Receive Career Guidance
Last month, the Bamboo Circle and the Youth Center hosted a Professional Development Day for immigrant youth. Six volunteers from different sectors assisted 9 youth by editing their resumes and discussing their professional journeys. Youth learned about careers in education, medicine, law, sports management, engineering, and finance. One youth said, "I learned a lot about different career pathways and the volunteers' experiences."
BCNC Receives Top 4 Star Rating
We are so excited to announce that BCNC has again received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates charities based on financial health, accountability, and transparency! BCNC is the only charity focused on serving Asians in Massachusetts to receive this distinction. Check out our Charity Navigator profile to learn more!
Special Thanks
Special thanks to the following institutions for their support in November 2017:
Deborah M. Noonan Memorial Fund, Emerson College, and Russell Colgate Fund.


Greetings!  

2017 marks our 50th anniversary of service to the community, as well as the sudden passing of Chau-Ming Lee. Under his 35 years of leadership, AACA has become a leader in Workforce Development and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), sprouted new initiatives like Buds & Blossoms, built a permanent home in the heart of Chinatown, and expanded services to immigrants from more than 100 countries. In his honor, we have established the Chau-ming Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Today, AACA continues to provide critical services to immigrants and all who come here to accelerate economic self-su­ciency through our training and education programs and our Employment Centers.
 



Your contribution of $5 per month or a one-time donation in any amount will help us support more women and men like Mary and Roger....or James, an Emergency Room surgeon from China, who is parking cars because he does not speak English; or Helen, an IT engineer from Russia who is washing dishes because she does not speak English.
Roger

When he first came to the AACA, Roger was unemployed and homeless. His life was unstable and he was facing tremendous obstacles. Our Youth Employment Center helped him secure shelter and found him a full time job at Walgreens. There, he learned Customer Service Skills which served him well when he applied for career training. With the help of AACA, Roger has been accepted into the Resilient Coders Bootcamp to learn the fundamentals of web development.
"I am on track to start an internship with a technology company!" Roger exclaims. "Thank you, AACA, for empowering me and helping me take my first step towards independence."
Mary

Mary entered Northeastern University. Today she is a Certified Public Accountant with offices  in two cities. Her daughter graduated from Stanford University three years ago and is now pursuing her Masters.
"I will always be grateful to my teachers and case managers at AACA," says Mary. "They gave me the confidence I needed to decide to invest in myself. I set my goals and worked very hard. Even if you don't reach 100%, you will always get close in the end."
        (Chinese 中文版)

On behalf of all the families we serve and the dedicated staff of the AACA, we thank you for your support. With your help we can ensure that immigrants and others who need us have access to our programs and services for the next 50 years.

Our best wishes.
Yongmei Chen, President AACA Board 
Mary Chin, Executive Director
Lisa Wong, Deputy Director

November 2017 News
100% of Graduates Have New Jobs
Last month, seven adult education students graduated from the ESL for Customer Service Class and all of the graduates have been hired by Bon Me Foods, UNIQLO USA, T.J.Maxx, and Blue State Coffee. Each graduate made a speech in English about their journey. “I feel comfortable and confident in conversations. In the US, we need English like a fish needs water,” said graduate Alice Mei, who will work at Bon Me. Congratulations to all our graduates!
Your Support Sent Families Apple Picking!
Thanks to our generous donors, 50 BCNC parents and children went apple picking in Concord, NH last month! The families enjoyed picking apples, going on hayrides, and looking at the autumn leaves. One mother said, "This is the most delicious and sweetest apple I ever had. I hope we can come back with my children next year!" Thank you for supporting families with children with special needs!
BCNC Portraits: Karen Wang
In October, Adult Education alumna Karen Wang passed her exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse! After Karen arrived from China in 2013, she attended BCNC English classes, which led her to the JVS Bridges to College program and then studying nursing at Bunker Hill Community College. Karen shares advice to other students: “Don’t give up easily. Even though you know that it will be hard to achieve the goal sometimes, just give it a try.” Congratulations, Karen!
Introducing the Quincy Leadership Council
In October, BCNC held the first meeting of the Quincy Leadership Council, that will provide guidance and support as BCNC expands it services to serve the rapidly growing Asian community in Quincy and the South Shore. BCNC Quincy has grown to serve 200 people each year through case management, youth programs, and adult education.
Lto R: Russell Chin, Tim Cahill, Jane Lee, Giles Li, Al Young
Enhancments in Early Education
21 Family Child Care providers attended the Head Start Training on Brain Development last month, joining other early educators who are part of a new collaboration to enhance the quality of care for infants and toddlers. The collaboration will provide 10 low-income families with more resources for their families and children.
Volunteer for the Pao Arts Center
The Pao Arts Center is looking for volunteers to assist with event registration, greeting, photography, or translation. If interested, please fill out this form to be placed on the volunteer list. Contact: Cynthia Woo
Special Thanks
Special thanks to the following institutions for their support in October 2017:
Asian American Journalists Association, Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund, Deborah M Noonan Memorial Fund, East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation
November 14th: Annual Meeting
There's still time to RSVP to join ACDC as we reflect on our recent accomplishments in developing affordable housing, cultivating young leaders to make real changes in their communities, and empowering low-income families and individuals to meet their financial and homebuying goals.

The program will be followed by a light dinner.
When?
Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30pm
Where?
Metropolitan Community Room
38 Oak Street
Boston, MA 02111


There is limited street parking and 2 parking garages on the same block. 

The venue is just a 5 minute walk from the Tufts Medical Center stop on the Orange Line.
RSVP
If you have questions about the event, please email christine.nguyen@asiancdc.org or call 
617-482-2380 Ext. #216

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Dear friends and supporters,
I am pleased to announce the public launch of BCNC’s Build a Better Life Campaign. This Campaign will expand our capacity to meet the evolving needs of the community. Immigrant and low-income families face rapid displacement as they are priced out of Boston and pushed to outer cities where there are not enough services. In a time when the well-being of immigrant families is being threatened, I invite you to learn more and join in support of building a better life for Asian and immigrant families of Greater Boston.
Best,
Eugene Mahr Campaign Committee Chair & Board President
San San Wong, Eugene Mahr, and Giles Li in front of the Barr Foundation Theater at the Pao Arts Center.
Campaign Goals
 1. Meet Evolving Needs – Open the Pao Arts Centerand expand services to Quincy and Malden
2. Enhance Innovative Services – Increase services for families in crisis and enhance workforce initiatives

3. Build Sustainability – Ensure long-term, high quality services
Campaign Updates
  • Campaign goal is $3.5 million
  • 75% raised
  • $800,000 needed
  • 179 Campaign donors to date
  • Campaign ends Fall 2018
BCNC has reached 75% of the Campaign goal to date


“Frank and I believe that arts can enrich and transform our daily lives. We also believe that arts should be accessible to all regardless of their financial situation. That's why we support this arts center in Chinatown, to bring arts to the Asian Community and beyond!" - Eleanor Pao
Frank and Eleanor Pao in front of the Pao Arts Center, which opened in May 2017
Support the Campaign

If you are interested in supporting the Build a Better Life Campaign, please click here or contact Director of Development Carmen Chan (617-603-2538).
Campaign Committee
  • Eugene Mahr, Campaign Chair – Boston University
  • Nick Chau - Asian American Commission, Tai Tung Pharmacy & Tai Tung Realty
  • Selina Chow - BCNC Board Vice-President
  • Christopher Moy - Nonprofit Management Systems
  • Elaine Ng - Third Sector New England
  • Steven Ng - Related Beal
  • Sabrina Scudder - Tai Tung Pharmacy
  • Sandee Simshauser
  • Cecilia Sze
  • Betty Szeto - BCNC Board of Directors

Campaign Donors to Date ($10,000+)
  • Nancy Wang Adams and Scott A. Schoen
  • Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
  • Asian Healthcare Foundation of MA
  • ArtPlace America
  • The Barr Foundation
  • Frank C. Chan
  • Paul K. Chan
  • Nick and Eva Chau
  • Charles and Ceci Chin
  • Joseph and Selina Chow
  • John and Lorrayne Chu
  • Clinton H. and Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust
  • John and Stephanie Fan & Family
  • Nobuko Kuhn
  • James S. Lee and Marian A. Tse
  • Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council
  • MassDevelopment
  • Peter and Yoshie Ng
  • Steven and Trish Ng
  • Eleanor and Frank Pao
  • Rockland Trust-Peoples Federal Foundation
  • Sandee and Peter Simshauser
  • Cecilia Sze and Nien Dak Sze
  • Peter and Rebecca Woo
  • Anonymous
October 2017
NEWS & NOTES
Stay informed on what's happening at ACDC.

CITC Makes Dollars and Sense


Have you made plans for Giving Tuesday? Make a smart and meaningful contribution with a Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) donation and get a 50% State tax rebate!

This unique benefit only applies to community development corporations (CDCs) like ACDC, who have a track record of success in developing affordable homes and delivering quality, impactful programs.

Learn more here.

We have a limited amount in rebates to award. Don't miss out on this opportunity.
ThinkChinatown Video
ThinkChinatown 2017: Tied Together by a Thousand Threads
ThinkChinatown 2017: Tied Together by a Thousand Threads
Check out the video documenting our ThinkChinatown mural. Thank you to Shawnie from Emerson College and her team of collaborators and to all of the residents and community members who shared their memories of Chinatown and what this mural means to them.
Malden Legal Clinic - November 4

ACDC is hosting a free, legal clinic in Malden on Saturday, November 4 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM with bilingual lawyers who are fluent in Cantonese and/or Mandarin and are experienced in the following legal areas:
  • housing
  • immigration
  • marriage and family law
The clinic will be held near Malden Center at 94 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148. Thank you to our partners, Eastern Bank, for providing the space for this clinic.

If you or someone you know would benefit from these services, please schedule your appointment by emailing chop@asiancdc.org or calling our bilingual staff at (617) 482-2380 Ext. #227 (Kathy) or Ext. #208 (Lee).

SaturPLAY - Last Chance!

We're hosting one last SaturPLAY for the year on Saturday, October 28th from 1-3 PM at Mary Soo Hoo Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Be sure to check our Facebook page for updates in the event of a rain date rescheduling.

Thank you to our project partner, the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy for making this event series possible!
Annual Meeting - November 14


Join us as we celebrate highlights from this year and share what's on the horizon for ACDC.

Tuesday, November 14th
6:30 PM

Metropolitan Community Room

38 Oak Street
Boston, MA 02111

A light dinner will be served.
Placemaking: ACDC Youth Revitalize Phillips Square


This year's Summer Leadership Academy youth developed and implemented a placemaking project for Phillips Square in Chinatown where residents and visitors shared their favorite memories and qualities of Chinatown using temporary art installations designed by the youth.

The youth presented their project to the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) to make a case for preserving Chinatown, and discussed the future of development in Phillips Square. We are so proud of the inspiring work they have accomplished and look forward to creating more opportunities for young leaders to enact real changes in the community.

Watch the video documenting their project below, made by Amanda Huang.

Chinatown Placemaking: Phillips Square
Chinatown Placemaking: Phillips Square

This year's Summer Leadership Academy was run by Patty, an A-VOYCE alum, who worked to develop the curriculum and facilitate the intensive, daily workshops and placemaking projects. Great to see our former youth continuing to stay engaged. Thank you for your phenomenal work, Patty!

Feeling inspired? You can build affordable homes, empower families and strengthen communities with ACDC! Join the many generous individuals and institutions below and invest in the community today.

Thank you to our 2017 supporters!
Without the support of our generous funders, our work of building affordable homes, empowering families and strengthening communities would not be possible. Thank you for investing in the community! Donors listed have made contributions from January 2017 through October 1, 2017.


InstitutionalIndividual
Asian American Lawyers Association of MA
Bank of America - Merrill Lynch
Blue Hills Bank Foundation
Boston College
Boston Community Capital
The Boston Foundation - Open Door Fund
The Boston Home Center
Boston Private Bank
The Brennan Group
Bunker Hill Community College
Capital One
Castle Square Tenants Organization
CBT Architects
Century Bank
Chicken and Rice Guys
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England
Chin & Curtis LLC
Chinese Progressive Association
CliftonLarsonAllen
Clark Lau Associates
Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation
Corcoran Jennison Co.
Cottonwood Management
The Coulter Foundation
The Davis Companies
Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
East West Bank
Enterprise Community Partners
First Republic Bank
Gee How Oak Tin Association of New England
Hackett Feinberg P.C.
The Hamilton Company Foundation
Hines
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
The Josiah Quincy Upper School
KJP Partners LLP
Klein Hornig LLP
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
The Law Office Of Joel A. Stein
Leader Bank
Maloney Properties
MassHousing
Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Massachusetts Investment Housing Investment Corporation
McPhail Associates
Millennium Partners
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Myers+Chang
National CAPACD
Needham Bank
NEI General Contracting
New Boston Fund / The Tower at One Greenway
Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
People's United Community Foundation
Penrose Realty
Pinck & Co.
RBC Capital Markets
Robinson+Cole LLP
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Santander Bank
Security Service Specialists
South Cove Community Health Center
South Cove Manor
Tai Tung Pharmacy / Realty

TD Bank Charitable Foundation
Tisch Counsel for Philanthropic Leadership
Traggorth Companies
Trinity Management
Tufts Medical Center
Tufts University
The United Way of Mass Bay & Merrimack Valley
U.S. Trust
Veolia
VHB
Walker & DiMarco, P.C.
Walmart
Webster Bank
Wellesley Ba
October 2017
News
Run the Boston Marathon for BCNC!
Have you ever dreamed of running the Boston Marathon? BCNC has received two entry bibs through the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program to participate in the 2018 Boston Marathon on April 16th! If you are interested in running and raising funds for BCNC, please fill out this application by Sunday, October 29th.
Quincy Parents Start Parenting Journey
Twelve parents in Quincy have started the 12 week Parenting Journey program. Through Parenting Journey, parents will make connections between their own upbringing experiences and their current parenting practice and beliefs, and grow in how to be a better parent.
BCNC Portraits: Shaw Pong Liu
The Pao Arts Center is pleased to announce our inaugural artist-in-residence: Shaw Pong Liu. Through her project Sing Home, Liu will explore how understanding the musical history of the people in one neighborhood contribute to a wider conversation on immigration. Liu will collect and share songs from community members and create new musical compositions to start conversations about immigration, neighborhood, and cultural and civic identity.
Childcare Staff grow through Trainings
20 Acorn Center for Early Education & Care staff participated in two days of training, on topics including Curriculum Planning and Child Assessment, Mentoring and Team Building, Effective Parent Communication, Medication Administration, and Creating a Higher Quality Classroom. See the photo of our staff doing team-building exercises. One teacher asked, “Can we do this monthly?”
Family Fun at the Oak Street Fair
On September 23rd, BCNC held the 32nd annual Oak Street Fair that drew a crowd of over 600 children, youth, and adults. Families competed in the three-legged race, a hula hoop contest, and our famous watermelon eating contest. Thank you to our sponsors including Comcast, Tufts Medical Center, South Cove Community Health Center, and Bank of America and volunteers. See photos here.
Students Start Arts Enrichment
This fall the Red Oak Afterschool program launched its brand-new arts enrichment curriculum. Eighty students ages 5-13 are learning about social movements through music, percussion, designing cityscapes, and art through studying birds.
Special Thanks
Special thanks to the following institutions for their support in September 2017:
Comcast Foundation, Community Music Center of Boston, East Boston Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, First Literacy, Grace E. Brooks Trust, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Suffolk University Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, and Tufts University.
THANK YOU! 
for celebrating 25 years with CHSNE 
Thanks to all of you who joined and supported CHSNE at our 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Banquet! We look forward to another 25 years of documenting, preserving, and promoting the history and legacy of Chinese immigration to New England.

A special thank you to our Sojourner Awardees, Caroline Chang and American Legion Boston Post 328; volunteers; interns; board; and sponsors for making this event possible.

Please remember to submit your membership forms to receive the full benefits of CHSNE membership. And for those unable to attend the banquet, there's still time to become a member or make a donation today!
Become a Member!
Make A Donation!
Boston and the Chinese Exclusion Act
Panel with Tunney Lee, Shauna Lo, and Lisong Liu
Tuesday, October 17, 12:00pm to 1:30pm 
Boston Athenæum | 10 ½ Beacon St, Boston, MA 
This panel, led by Tunney Lee with Shauna Lo and Lisong Liu, will cover the changing nature of Chinese immigration to Boston from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 (CEA) through its repeal in 1943 to today.
Although the main driver for the CEA was West Coast conflicts between European settlers—recently arrived via transcontinental railroad—and Chinese immigrants, Boston and Massachusetts played key roles in the passage and enforcement of the law. Panelists will address Massachusetts political reactions to the CEA, Chinatown raids, East Boston’s immigration station, and more, continuing the conversation with the growth of the Chinese community in Boston and beyond following WWII.
This panel considers nationals laws through a local political and cultural lens to shed light on an aspect of immigration history that continues to this day.
Click here for more information
Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF)
Thursday, October 19 - Sunday, October 22
Join BAAFF on October 19-22 to enjoy a wide range of short films, feature films, documentaries, and panels while supporting your local Asian American Community! Q&A with filmmakers follow most screenings.
Click here for a full schedule
CHSNE is proud to support the following screenings
(find the code below for a discount!):
Jade Pendant 
Thursday, October 19, 7:30PM
Brattle Theatre / Harvard Square 

Directed by Po-Chih Leung
106 mins | USA | Narrative 
EAST COAST PREMIERE
Historical fiction, in memory of the largest mass lynching in US history in LA Chinatown.

Finding Kukan

​Saturday, October 21, 1:00PM
The Paramount Center (559 Washington St)


76 mins | Documentary | Chinese
Followed by Q&A with Director Robin Lung
Chinatown Speaks
Sunday, October 22, 12:30PM
The Paramount Center (559 Washington St)


64 mins | Shorts | Chinese
Featuring videos by Kenneth Eng and youth from CSTO Teen Program
Use the code CHSNE2017 for a discount!
Click here for tickets and more information
More local events

One Artist / Several Paths
Lecture by artist Wen-ti Tsen
October 16th, 4:30-6:00PM
Balch Arena Theater, Tufts University | 40 Talbot Ave, Medford

Boston Chinatown: History, Community and Art
Panel discussion with Tunney Lee, Giles Li, Cynthia Woo, and Wen-ti Tsen
October 26th, 6:30-8:30PM
MassArt | 621 Huntington Ave, Boston

Who We Are: Boston Immigration Then and Now
Multi-lingual exhibition
Through October 31th
Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library | 700 Boylston St, Boston
CHSNE NEEDS YOU! CHSNE is a membership-based 501(c)(3)non-profit organization dedicated solely to documenting, preserving, and promoting the history and legacy of Chinese immigration in New England. Please consider becoming a member or donating to help cover our projects and operating expenses. 
Please see below about an important hearing on increasing renewable energy use for Boston.  CPA will be attending as part of the Green Justice Coalition in support of the legislation.  Michelle Wu is sponsoring the legislation.


Boston City Council will hold a hearing on Community Choice Energy on October 3rd at 2pm. Climate change is the defining challenge of our time, and this is our chance to make a real difference.

Boston City Council will hold a hearing on Community Choice We can make a big impression by showing up in force to let Boston City Council know how important climate policy is.  If you haven't already signed up to attend - please do so by clicking the yellow button above.

The hearing is now at the Edward Winter Chamber at 26 Court Street.

Mother Nature is letting us know we're in trouble.  Between mega-hurricanes and record-setting drought, our climate is going out of control.  If you want to sustain life on Earth, our one and only home, then come lend a hand!
Please attend the Boston City Council hearing on Community Choice Energy on October 3rd.  Let’s tell our city councilors that increased use of renewable energy is a proven life-saver for Mother Nature.
Think of tomorrow . . .  Let’s keep life going on.


Upcoming Events
Two Piano Journey 
Oct 7, 7:30pm
David Friend Recital Hall | 921 Boylston St, Boston

Renowned pianists Michelle and Christopher Kuo are playing an exclusive concert to benefit BCNC! This mother and son team will traverse the complete two piano collection by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Limited seats available. Use promo code BCNC17 for 10% off your ticket! Purchase your ticket today.
Myers + Chang at BCNC 
Oct 30, 6:00pm
Pao Arts Center | 99 Albany St, Boston

Join us for an evening with one of Boston's most beloved chefs and James Beard Award winner, Joanne Chang, for the debut of her new cookbook, Myers & Chang at Home. For $50, come enjoy delicious dishes from Myers + Chang, wine and receive a cookbook. Reserve your ticket here.
On View: Resilient Current & Living in Color
Sept 9 - Dec 16
Pao Arts Center | 99 Albany St, Boston

Come see the two exhibits currently on display at the Pao Arts Center: Resilient Current and Living in Color! Resilient Current is Boston Artist-In-Residence Salvador Jiménez-Flores' printmaking installation featuring130 original relief prints from Josiah Quincy Elementary School fifth graders. Living 
in Color is a collaborative mother-son photography 
project by David Kong and Wen Yuan Kong. More information.
Boston Asian American Film Festival Preview Party
Oct 5, 7:00-8:30pm
Pao Arts Center | 99 Albany St, Boston
BCNC is partnering with the 9th Annual Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) coming Oct 19-22. Come to the preview party and get the inside scoop on the festival lineup and have the chance to win 
screening ticketsRSVP here.
Comic Book Creation for Kids
Saturdays Oct 14 - Nov 4, 2:00-3:30pm
Pao Arts Center | 99 Albany St, Boston 

Get your kids' creative juices flowing during 4 weeks of enriching art-making classes for children. Let young imaginations pop on paper as they develop characters and storylines with artist Shaina Lu. $50 for the four-class series. Register here.
Chinese Brush Painting for Adults
Saturdays Oct 14 - Nov 4, 2:00-3:30pm 
Pao Arts Center | 99 Albany St, Boston

Dip into a 4-week immersion of Chinese Brush Painting in Mandarin. Students will learn to render the beautiful forms of goldfish and capture their movement through water in the stillness of a painting with Xiaoyong Liu. $100 for 4 classes, $30 for 1 class. Register here.
In the Kitchen: Dumplings and Sticky Rice
Oct 14 and Nov 18, 11:00am-12:30pm 

Pao Arts Center | 99 Albany St, Boston
Learn how to make your favorite Chinese delicacies! Local residents share their techniques to satiate your mouthwatering cravings in these workshops. Learn to make dumplings on October 14th and learn to make sticky rice dumplings on November 18th. $50 for both, $30 for a single workshop. Register here
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)
Giles Li, Executive Director

Mailing Address | 885 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
Boston Site | 38 Ash Street, Boston, MA 02111
Quincy Site | 275 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02171
Pao Arts Center | 99 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617-635-5129 | Fax: 617-292-1887
On Friday September 29, the Chinatown Resident Association will be hosting an August Moon Festival. The event will have a musical performance and a dance performance. This is also a great opportunity to connect with your neighbors. There will also be gifts, fruits and a raffle. The event details are as follows:

When: September 29, 2017
Time: 6:00PM
Where: Josiah Quincy Elementary School Auditorium (885 Washington Street, 02111). 
Admission: Free





News | September 2017


Youth Interview Quincy Residents

This summer, 12 BCNC Quincy youth went into the community and asked residents about what it is like to be Asian in America. One interviewee shared, "It's always a challenge ... to break through the stereotypes of the pre-conceived notions...The whole key to life is to find common ground with other people; once you're able to do that, you can be successful." Click here to read all of the portraits.


Enroll in Red Oak After School Today!

The Red Oak After School program introduces a new curriculum focused on arts, music, and literacy to promote a child's growth in a bilingual and multicultural environment. The program will also be extending its hours to 6:45 PM each day. Click here to find out more or contact kathy.choi@bcnc.net to register your child. 


BCNC Portraits: Phyllis Rhoton

Adult Education volunteer Phyllis Rhoton was featured by Boston Cares for her service. Phyllis said, "It's about human contact and human connection. This is what life is all about--it's touching another's life, helping them to make their life better. I find that doing this work as a volunteer and as a tutor, I learn so much from them as well. I just feel like I'm student and teacher at the same time." Read Phyllis' story here. Contact aevolunteers@bcnc.net for more info to be a tutor. 


Summer Teen Staff Gain Work Skills

This summer, 26 teen staff were trained to work on many projects across the agency including facilitating English conversation hours, creating outreach videos and flyers, and more. "I've gained a lot of experiences that will prepare me for jobs in the future," said one teen. "This summer has helped me strengthen my skills and learn to take initiative." Special thanks to John Hancock, The Boston Foundation, the City of Boston Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, and Boston Private Industry Council. 


Preschoolers Visit Drumlin Farm

Thanks to our donors, children in the Acorn Center for Early Education & Care went on a field trip to Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary as one of their weekly summer field trips. The children got to pet animals, enjoy the nature trails, and learn about wildlife on an exciting day full of fun and learning! 


Join the Family Network!

Are you a former BCNC staff member, volunteer, or participant? If you were a part of any BCNC programs, including Acorn, Red Oak, Oak Street Youth Center, Recreation, English classes or others, you are a member of the BCNC family! Join our Family Network to stay connected with other BCNC alums and to receive exclusive opportunities and updates


Special Thanks

Special thanks to the following institutions for their support in August 2017: 

All-Brand New England, Chinese Progressive Association, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Staples Foundation, The Summer Fund, Tufts Medical Center, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley.


Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)
Giles Li, Executive Director

Mailing Address | 885 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
Boston Site | 38 Ash Street, Boston, MA 02111
Quincy Site | 275 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02171
Pao Arts Center | 99 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617-635-5129 | Fax: 617-292-1887

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