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BCNC Holds First Experience Chinatown Arts Festival


Boston, MA – On September 29th, 2018, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) will be holding its first-ever Experience Chinatown arts festival at three locations in Boston’s Chinatown: the Pao Arts Center at 99 Albany Street, Rose Kennedy Greenway – Chinatown Park, and One Greenway Park at 66 Hudson Street. Experience Chinatown aims highlight and celebrate Asian immigrant and Asian American voices in the arts, culture, and creativity.  The event will to show another side of Chinatown, a new take on Asian American cultures and highlight today’s Asian American artists.
From 11:00am-3:00pm, the free, full-day event for all ages will include workshops, music and dance performances, food trucks, and pop-up happenings. Experience Chinatown will feature Cambodian dance with Angkor Dance Troupe, Bollywood-inspired dance fitness with BollyX, film previews from Boston Asian American Film Festival, Japanese Taiko drumming with Genki Spark, Chinese lion dance with Nüwa Athletic Club, kite-making with the Museum of Fine Arts, and more. Visitors will be able to make new friends and create with their families through hands-on arts activities.
After dark, the lights dim and the Pao Arts Center theater transforms into the place to discover the latest Asian American performers. This 18+ ticketed event will feature jazz, folk, dance, hip-hop, and punk by Brenda Lau, Anju Madhok, Jennifer Lin, Rex Mac, and Saraswathi Jones/Awaaz Do. You can purchase your tickets here: https://bcnc.net/upcoming-events/experience-chinatown-after-dark.
That same evening, be sure to check out the multi-channel installation WITH/OUT WATER by Yu-Wen Wu, which will premiere outside at One Greenway Park (66-68 Hudson St.) from 7:00pm-10:00pm. This free exhibition of video projections explores environmental awareness and climate displacement.

Schedule of Events:
11:00am-3:00pm                       Experience Chinatown Arts Festival
7:00pm-9:00pm                         Experience Chinatown After Dark
7:00pm-10:00pm                      With/Out Water by Yu-Wen Wu

Supporters and partners include: Asian Community Development Corporation, ArtPlace America, Bank of America, Barr Foundation, Capital One, City of Boston, Comcast, Creating Connection Experimentation Fund, supported by Arts Midwest Metropolitan Group and Barr Foundation, The Fuller Foundation, The Kensington, Maloney Properties, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Tower at One Greenway, Tufts Medical Center, and Tufts University. For more information, go to: https://bcnc.net/upcoming-events/experiencechinatown

包氏文藝中心將於929日(星期六)舉行《體驗唐人街藝術節》,歡迎大家一同來參與這個亞美文化新體驗!當日節目包括舞獅、舞蹈、太鼓演出,寶萊塢健身工作坊、各種手工藝班等等,還有藝術小市集和美食車。所有活動將會在11時到3時進行,地點包括唐人街牌坊,包氏文藝中心和乞臣街66號的戶外草地。我們期待大家能夠騰空參與!

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September 2018 News
Children and Youth Have Summer of Fun and Learning
This summer, children and youth particpated in arts enrichment, professional development, leadership training. Children went to the Boston Children's Museum, the Esplanade Reservation, the Puppet Showplace in Brookline, and more. Summer teen staff participated in professional development trainings and worked with BCNC programs. Your support made all this possible this summer!
Red Oak children on a field trip
Make a Difference in the Life of a Youth
Do want to make a life-changing difference for a youth who dreams of going to college? We are looking for dedicated volunteer mentors to support low-income high schoolers through the college application process. The mentorship is a 1.5-2 year commitment. The College Access program provides workshops, college tours, and support to youth who are the first in their family to consider college. To learn more and apply, email Jasmine Lee by October 5, 2018.
Become a CAP mentor
Quincy Families Craft Together
This summer in Quincy, Family Services engaged 14 parents and their children in an arts and crafts class to promote self-care, and help parents and children bond. The class was taught by a former BCNC parent who volunteered to teach the class.

Quincy families in crafting class
BCNC Portraits: Winnie Liu
Winnie came to the US from China when she was 16. After graduating, Winnie came to work at BCNC as an accountant because she wanted to help other immigrants, but found that BCNC changed her life as well. The Family Child Care program helped identify an early autism diagnosis for Winnie’s son, and Family Services helped Winnie when she was having difficulty with her son’s doctors. “As immigrants, we know the difficulties new immigrants face, so helping them face those challenges and get support is important,” says Winnie.
Winnie Liu
Youth Volunteer with Seniors
In August, youth volunteered with the Greater Boston Golden Age Center in Hong Lok House and Quincy Towers. Youth facilitated games, drawing, meditation, exercises, and karaoke for over 50 Chinese immigrant seniors.
Youth volunteering at the Golden Age Center
Special Thanks
Special thanks to the following institutions for their support in August 2018:
Chin Law Firm; Clinton H. and Wilma T. Shattuck Charitable Trust; Comcast Foundation; Harold Brooks Foundation; Maloney Properties, Inc.; New England Foundation for the Arts; People's United Community Foundation; TJX Foundation; Tufts Medical Center
Free events for the whole family!
Upcoming Events
Experience ChinatownSeptember 29, 11:00am-3:00pm
Pao Arts Center, Chinatown Gate, One Greenway Park
Discover a new take on Asian American cultures at this free, family-friendly event featuring music and dance performances, workshops, pop-up happenings, and more! Thank you to our supporters and partners: ArtPlace America, Asian Community Development Corporation, Bank of America, Barr Foundation, Capital One, City of Boston, Creating Connection Experimentation Fund supported by Arts Midwest Metropolitan Group and Barr Foundation, Fuller Foundation, the Kensington, Maloney Properties, Rose Kennedy Greenway, and Tufts Medical Center. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, click hereTo volunteer, click here.
Experience Chinatown
Experience Chinatown After DarkSeptember 29, 7:00-9:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
The Pao Arts Center transforms into the place to be After Dark featuring multimedia, jazz, and folk performances by Asian American artists. Sit back and discover something new at this ticketed event. $30 a ticket includes 1 drink. Cash bar available. Ages 18 and up. Purchase tickets here.
Experience Chinatown After Dark
Bamboo Circle BBQ
September 15, 11:00am-3:00pm
BCNC Rooftop, 38 Ash St., Boston
Join the Bamboo Circle, BCNC's young professionals network, and Taiwanese American Professionals - Boston (TAP) for an end-of-summer rooftop BBQ featuring delicious food & drinks, a raffle, our famous dumpling-eating contest, and more! Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit BCNC's Youth Center. Purchase your tickets here.
Bamboo Circle BBQ
Chinese Brush Painting for Adults
August 25, 2:00-3:30pm

Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Learn to paint sparrows with instructor Liu Xiaoyong in the last Chinese brush painting class of the summer season. Register here.
Reading Corner + CraftAugust 24, 10:30am-11:30amPao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
 
Read some of your favorite Grace Lin books and create a craft in this fun-filled family event! Materials will be provided. Register for this free event here.
Build a Better Life
The Campaign for BCNC (2015-2018)
August 2018
Dear ,
I hope you are having a great summer! BCNC keeps on running as we welcome hundreds of children to summer programs, while adult students take a break before the September semester. Meanwhile, the Build a Better Life capital campaign is making tremendous progress and is already impacting the lives of people we serve. We are happy to share some highlights with you below.
Three years ago, we launched the Build a Better Life campaign to raise $3.5 million to help fund key initiatives such as the Pao Arts Center, workforce development programs, and family services. We are truly grateful for the support we have received thus far. Your donation is needed now more than ever to help us reach our goal.
There will be a donor wall at the Pao Arts Center to recognize campaign donors of $1,000 and above. We want to fill the wall with hundreds of names, including yours!  Please join us by making a gift by October 31. 
On behalf of BCNC, I offer my sincere thanks for your ongoing commitment and support, and your generosity. Thank you for all that you do to keep BCNC a leader in the communities that we serve.
Best personal regards,
Eugene Mahr
Campaign Chair and Board President 
Pao Arts Center - Sing Home Project
How do songs connect us to our past, ourselves, and our sense of home? Artist-in-residence Shaw Pong Liu (violinist, erhu player, and composer) completed her year-long project Sing Home last month. This song-sharing project collects songs of the people of Boston's Chinatown - residents, workers, students, visitors, passersby - and creates new musical compositions to start conversations about immigration, neighborhoods, and cultural and civic identity. Liu collected 81 songs and stories which can be viewed here
Shaw Pong Liu
Empowering Families
BCNC has expanded our family-centered services for Boston and Quincy families. The 12-week Parenting Journey program offers immigrant parents a supportive environment and tools to develop parenting skills, such as using play to communicate with their children. The Parent Solutions program teaches parents how to navigate and actively engage with public school systems. In April, BCNC organized the first Asian American Mental Health Forum where educators, youth and parents watched the film Looking for Luke and discussed the stigma, challenges, and remedies for depression and anxiety.
Campaign Matching Fund
Earlier this year, a generous donor offered a $200,000 matching fund for new gifts towards the Campaign.  We are delighted that the challenge was met. Many donors responded, including Mr. S.K. Ho, who made a gift of $100,000 via a charitable gift annuity (CGA). "I support BCNC’s mission to help Chinese immigrants establish themselves in their new lives," says S.K. "It’s important to help immigrants integrate smoothly into American society."  To learn more about S.K. Ho's story and charitable gift annuities, click here.
August 2018 News
Sing Home Celebrates Connection through Song
This summer, artist-in-residence Shaw Pong Liu concluded her time at the Pao Arts Center with the launch of the Sing Home library, a song-sharing project that collects and share songs of the people of Boston's Chinatown, as a way to start conversations about immigration, neighborhood, and cultural and civic identity. “I am so grateful to the over 100 people who took the plunge and sang for the online Sing Homelibrary. I am thrilled for the virtual and in-person communities that have come together and connected people through their voices, songs, and family's migration stories. I hope people will use the song library to continue to build understanding and connection." View the song library here.
Sing Home Karaoke Event
Community Partners Provide Enrichment
The Quincy Youth Center has been running Summer LEAP, an enrichment program for youth entering 9th grade, in partnership with UMass Boston Asian American Student Success Program (AASSP). AASSP have provided a group of talented undergrads and recent college graduates who run enrichment clubs focused on specific activities including making plushies, learning Japanese, dancing to K-Pop, and playing the ukulele. All clubs will culminate in projects thatwill be showcased at the end of the program.
Youth learn ukulele
Families Travel to Spectacle Island
The Family Services program organized a field trip to Spectacle Island on July 20th with families coming from the Boston and Quincy sites. Six families joined the trip for a picnic, free play, and exciting activities such as a ranger tour and discovering wild animals. Everyone had fun and enjoyed their time on the island. Thanks to Boston Harbor for their continued support.
Families on Spectacle Island
BCNC Portraits: Mira Jin
Adult Education Program Coordinator/Advisor Mira Jin immigrated to Boston from China in 2009 to attend grad school at Northeastern. After graduating, Mira started working at BCNC, first as a Red Oak group leader, and then in Adult Education. “English is an essential tool for immigrants,” says Mira. “If we have strong language skills, we can speak up for ourselves—we’re still a minority here, and we need to have a voice.” Working at BCNC has been life-changing for Mira: “BCNC is a big home where everyone is welcome. It’s like a lighthouse—when you’re alone at sea, there’s always that light there.”
Mira Jin
Middle Schoolers Create Library Exhibit
The Red Oak Middle School group designed an event for the Chinatown branch of the Boston Public Library! Working with librarian Theresa Furbish and their group leader, they researched the history of the Chinatown branch library and collaboratively created informational posters about the stories they learned, as well as their vision for both the temporary space as well as the future permanent space.
Red Oak students with their exhibit
Professional Development for Youth
Teen staff have been hard at work planning & running programming for summer ChISL youth, running professional development & team-building activities for other teen staff, & building with Asian youth leaders from other programs part of the Allies Working with Asian Youth (AWAY) network! Thank you to the John Hancock MLK Scholars program, Boston PIC, City of Boston Youth Engagement & Employment, Tufts AHI, and the Boston Foundation - My Summer in the City for their support of the teen staff program!
Teen Staff
Shop for a Good Cause
Want to purchase with a purpose? When you shop with AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to BCNC every time you shop! This weekend, all purchases under $2,500 are tax-free, including online purchases. Go to smile.amazon.com to find out more!

Special Thanks
Special thanks to the following institutions for their support in July 2018:
Asian Healthcare Foundation of Massachusetts, Cathay Bank Foundation, Chinatown Trust Fund, Fish Family Foundation, John H. and H. Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation, Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, New England Foundation for the Arts, The Summer Fund, Youth Build USA
Free events for the whole family!
Upcoming Events
Reading Corner + CraftFridays, July 13-August 24, 10:30am-11:30amPao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
 
Read some of your favorite Grace Lin books and create a craft during these fun-filled Friday mornings, every week until August 24th! Materials will be provided. Register for this free event here.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: Drama & Movement WorkshopAugust 4, 10:30am-12:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Enthralled by Grace Lin's story Where the Mountain Meets the Moon? Bring the tale to life through a guided workshop in drama and movement for ages 6-16 with Broadway & Boston actor Caroline Chin Workman and friends! Register for this free event here.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Storybook Workshop for KidsAugust 18, 10:30am-12:30pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Let your kids' imaginations run wild as they participate in this free workshop where they will learn to craft their own storybooks. Materials will be provided; children ages 5-7 are welcome. Register here
Illustrations by Shaina Lu
Chinese Brush Painting for Adults
Saturdays in  July & August, 2:00-3:30pm

Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Learn to paint flora and fauna with instructor Liu Xiaoyong. Each four-class series will explore a different subject, including goldfish and sparrows. Fee is $100 per series or $30 per drop-in class. Register here.
Save the Date: Experience Chinatown 
September 29, 11:00am-3:00pm
Pao Arts Center, Chinatown Gate, One Greenway Park
Discover a new take on Asian American cultures this free, family-friendly event with performances, workshops, pop-up happenings, and more! If you're interested in volunteering, click here.
Experience Chinatown
Thank you to our year-round sponsors!
June 2018
Remembering Caroline Chang

Caroline speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony of 66 Hudson. Photo by Black Dog Pictures.

With heavy hearts, we are sad to share that one of our founding board members, Caroline Chang, passed away in late April. Caroline grew up on Hudson Street in Chinatown, and continued to be an advocate for the Chinatown community throughout her life.

Caroline pictured here with her brother, Reggie Wong on Hudson Street. Photo courtesy of Caroline Chang.
Caroline was a trailblazer in the community, helping to establish a number of local nonprofits in addition to ACDC, including the Asian American Civic Association, the Chinese Historical Society of New England and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts.

She dedicated her life to serving those in need and was a strong supporter of immigrant rights and women's issues. Caroline's spirit of loving one's community and helping others will keep inspiring all of us as we continue the work she and her fellow community leaders and activists started decades ago.
SAVE THE DATE: Films at the Gate - Aug. 24 - 26
Last year's turnout at Friday night's screening of Ken Eng's My Life in China. Photo by A-VOYCE youth, Lee-Daniel Tran.


This year's Films at the Gate event will be held from Friday, August 24th to Sunday, August 26th! Mark your calendars to make sure you don't miss out on this fun, summertime tradition!

This event is largely organized by high school youth, who work tirelessly for months leading up to the festival to put on a free community event for all to enjoy.


Last year's team of youth volunteers and leaders pictured with some of our staff and program alumni. Photo by A-VOYCE youth, Lee-Daniel Tran.
ACDC awarded full CITC allocation of $150,000
Governor Baker signing the Affordable Housing Bond Bill at the end of May. Photo courtesy of MACDC.

Thank you to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for their continued support and awarding ACDC with $150,000 of Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC) this year!

We want to congratulate our fellow CDCs and look forward to leveraging these funds to continue our respective work to build affordable homes, empower families and strengthen communities!

More good news -- Governor Baker recently signed the Affordable Housing Bond Bill, which includes an extension of the CITC program through 2025!

Through the CITC program, if you donate $1,000 or more to ACDC, you can receive 50% back when you file your State taxes. 

We have a limited amount in rebates to distribute to our donors, so don't miss out on your chance to invest in your community and take advantage of this program!

2018 SaturPLAY Series

Come check out our youth-led SaturPLAY series, which will be held on the following Saturdays, from 1:00P - 3:00P at Mary Soo Hoo Park:

- June 30
- July 28
- Sept. 29
- Oct. 27





SaturPLAY was developed by one of our A-VOYCE youth and Chinatown community member, Yanjing, who wanted to revitalize her neighborhood by providing more opportunities for children and families to play and spend quality time together in public spaces like Mary Soo Hoo Park. 

Thank you to our program partner, The Greenway Conservancy!

Our First-time Homebuyer Program Exceeded HUD Goals!
 
We're excited to share that our Multilingual First-time Homebuyer program met our U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development goals by nearly 120 percent! These goals included one-on-one counseling and group workshops focused on pre-purchase, post-purchase and affordable rental education. 
Congratulations to our program staff for doing such a great job at helping individuals and families create a pathway to meeting their financial and homebuying aspirations.

Youth Summer Program Opportunities
 
ACDC is currently accepting applicants for our Boston and Malden-based Summer Leadership Academy.
Our program serves high school-aged youth to mobilize them to create positive social change in their communities; prepare them with valuable skills like community organizing, event planning, and public speaking; and hold group discussions in a welcoming and safe space on topics such as exploring Asian American identity.
Last year's young leaders installed a public placekeeping project where residents and visitors shared their favorite memories of Chinatown, displayed in Phillips Square, as well as contributed to an interactive art project shown above.
Their work resulted in a presentation to the Boston Transportation Department for consideration in the future development of Phillips Square in Chinatown. Our unique program blends an engaging and empowering curriculum with real-life advocacy experience.
Thank you to our 2018 supporters!

Donors and sponsors listed have made contributions from January 1, 2018 through May 15, 2018.

Institutional
Individual
Acentech
Asian American Lawyers Association of MA
Automatic Coin Laundry Systems, Inc.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
BioMed Realty
Boston College - Chinese Student's Association
Boston Private Bank
The Brennan Group
Cambridge Trust Company
Capital One
Cathay Bank
CCBA of New England
CEDAC
Century Bank
Chin & Curtis LLP
Chinese Progressive Association
Clark Lau LLC
Cleary Elevator
Corcoran Jennison
Eastern Bank
Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
First Republic Bank
Flynn Law Group
Hackett Feinberg
KJP Partners
Klein Hornig LLP
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Maloney Properties
MassHousing
Millennium Partners - Boston
Mintz Levin
New Boston Fund
Nolan, Sheehan, Patten LLP
Robinson + Cole LLP
Rockland Trust
Santander Bank
Security Service Specialists, Inc.
South Cove Community Health Center
Trinity Management
Tufts Medical Center
VHB
Wellesley Bank
Whole Foods
Deanna & Sherman Chan
Paul K. Chan
Francis E. Chin & Wai J. Chow-Chin
James & Donna Fong
Arturo Gossage
Michael S. Greco
Miaoyan Huang
Pamela Hung
Sarah G. Kim
Paul W. & Mary Lee
Rebecca A. Lee
Amanda & Mark Linehan
Lydia Lowe
Thomas Maxwell
Peter Munkenbeck
Ivy & David Nagahiro
Yvonne Ng
Karen & Nelson SooHoo
Lung Wong
David Woo
Cynthia Yee
Emily K. Yu
Mee Yuu

Thank you to our 2018 funders!

Funders listed have awarded grant funds to support ACDC's programs, services, and/or operations from January 1, 2018 through April 10, 2018.

Private
Government
ArtPlace America via BCNC
The Boston Foundation - Open Door Fund
Charles H. Farnsworth Charitable Trust
Comcast Foundation
East West Bank
Florian O. Bartlett Trust
Martin Richard Foundation
National CAPACD
People's United Community Foundation
TD Bank Charitable Foundation
United Way of Mass Bay & Merrimack Valley
Boston Cultural Council
City of Boston - Boston Home Center
Department of Housing and Community
   Development
Tomorrow is the last day to enroll in the Red Oak summer program!
June 2018 News
100% of Seniors Get into College
All Youth Center high school seniors were accepted into four-year colleges with financial aid! In the fall, they will be attending Boston University, Bucknell University, Lesley University, Tufts University, UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, and UMass Lowell. Special congratulations to Sonny Mei for winning the NAAAP Boston Future Leader Award Scholarship. Special thanks to the mentors who supported the youth for two years through the college application process.
Enroll in Red Oak Summer Program Today!
Through visual arts, engineering, drumming, and kung fu classes, children will engage in creative expression, improve children's academic skills, and explore more on weekly field trips. Sessions run from July 2 – Aug 25, 8:30 am – 6 pm. To register, contact Kathy Choi (617-635-5129 x1033) by June 15th!
Director of Youth Education Receives Excellence Award
We're proud to announce that Director of Youth Education Sandra Lee won the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network's Young Professional Nonprofit Excellence Award! "I’m honored to be receiving this award recognizing young professionals and the power of young people in the workforce," says Sandra. "Elevating the voices of young people and uplifting young people in ways that empower them to take on greater roles is a community effort." Congratulations, Sandra!
Sandra Lee
BCNC Portraits: Karina Li
Adult Education alumna Karina Li graduated from Bunker Hill Community College last month with a degree in finance & accounting! Karina is pictured here with Karen Wang, fellow Adult Education alumna who is now a nurse practitioner, and her tutor, Jim Loughlin. Congrats, Karina!
Giles Li on NECN
Youth Organize Conference on Unity
On May 26, over 100 youth participated in the Asian American Youth Conference organized by BCNC youth leaders. Youth organized workshops on topics including student rights and activating public spaces, and dance, music, and martial arts performances. Special thanks to our in-kind donors and partners including Youth on Board, Asian Community Development Corporation, and Selina Li. For more information, click here: http://tiny.cc/xe47ty
Liberty Mutual Serves BCNC
On May 10 and 11, Liberty Mutual employees volunteered through the Serve with Liberty program. Volunteers conducted mock interviews and shared career advice to adult students, and cleaned-up BCNC spaces. Thank you to all the volunteers who served!
BCNC logo
Special Thanks
Special thanks to the following institutions for their support in May 2018:
English for New Bostonians, Equitable Bank, Fuller Foundation, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders, John Hancock Financial Services, Myers + Chang, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, and Wellesley Middle School.


14th Annual Chinatown Bike-a-thon
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Register for Bike-a-thon by 5/31 and be entered in a raffle to win a $25 Target gift card!
The Chinatown Bike-a-thon is a green and healthy fundraiser to support youth leadership and a brighter future in our community. The ride is an 8 or 16 miles on the Paul Dudley White Bike Path along the Charles River. It is a family-friendly event that promotes healthy living and culminates in a picnic on the Boston Common. We are excited to continue to grow our Bike-a-thon and to grow our youth program with your help!

The funds raised from the Chinatown Bike-a-thon directly support youth programming. The Chinese Youth Initiative (CYI) provides internship opportunities to high school aged youth from the Greater Boston area, combining an Asian American Studies curriculum with hands-on community service and organizing projects. For over more than 20 years, CYI youth have played crucial roles in the campaign for a Chinatown library, voter registration drives, support for immigrant workers’ rights, establishing the first Chinatown Youth Platform, advocating for public transit and much more.

Start now by registering! Ask your friends, co-workers, and family to sponsor you for the event. Each rider gets their own personal fundraising page. You can also form a team and fundraise as a group! High school student riders are required to raise at least $30 and adult riders are required to raise a minimum of $75


Want to ride but don't have a bike? 
We have bikes available to borrow that day on a first come, first serve basis. We have a limited number of bikes, so register soon and choose the bike rental option when you register.

Don't want to ride, but want to support the event and CYI? 
Volunteer to help the day of or plan the event by emailing justice@cpaboston.org. Just let us know what size shirt you wear, so we can make sure you get a cool Bike-a-thon shirt the day of the event.

Want to donate? 
Click HERE and click on the "Donate to a Fundraiser" button. Choose a rider or team to support or choose "General Donations" to make a general contribution to the event. It's that easy!

E-mail justice@cpaboston.org to be a Bike-a-thon sponsor or volunteer.
Chinese Progressive Association
617.357.4499 | justice@cpaboston.org | cpaboston.org

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Build a Better Life
The Campaign for BCNC (2015-2018)
Campaign Update
May 2018
BCNC launched the three-year Build a Better Life capital campaign in 2015, aiming to raise $3.5 million for several key initiatives: building the Pao Arts Center, enhancing our innovative services, and building sustainability through building a reserve fund and endowment.You can learn more about the campaign's goals here.
As we approach the final phase of the campaign, we are pleased to share that we have reached 88% of the campaign goal. Of course, none of this would be possible without the help of our many generous supporters. Click here for an updated list of our leadership donors.
We are even more excited to share what we have accomplished with the initial funds raised. Please see the below updates to find out more.
Thank you for helping families to build better lives!

Sincerely,
Eugene Mahr
Campaign Chair & Board President
1. Meet Evolving Community Needs
Since its opening last May, the Pao Arts Center has welcomed over 3,000 visitors. Program offerings include arts and culture classes; six exhibitions featuring Asian American artists of different disciplines and generations; and the Chinatown Presents series which included taiko drummers, Chinese Opera, and theater readings. 
2. Enhance Innovative Services
BCNC’s Workforce Initiatives are making great progress. The ESL for Customer Service job training program produces job-ready students for employers such as iShoppes, Bon Me, Uniqlo, the AC Cowen Hotel, and Marriot. Recently, customer service graduates Terry Li and Alice Mei opened the APM café in Chinatown, around the corner from the Pao Arts Center. We couldn't be prouder of them! 
3. Build Sustainability
To date, over 192 donors have made gifts or pledges to the campaign, ranging from $50 to $500,000. Over 30% of the donors have made their largest gift ever for this campaign. Over 50% are new donors of BCNC. In addition to reaching the financial goal of $3.5 million, a primary objective of the campaign is to recruit new donors for future support, and we believe we have done so very successfully. 
Double Your Gift Today!
Thanks to a generous donor, new gifts and pledges of $1,000 or more will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $200,000. Please consider making a gift between now and June 30 to leverage this unique opportunity to help us reach our goal!  Contact Carmen Chan or call 617-603-2538 to learn more. 


May 2018 News
Families Discuss Mental Health Issues
60 youth, parents, and service providers gathered In Quincy on April 21 to discuss how to improve the well-being and health of Asian American youth and families at the "We Share, We Listen" forum. Attendees heard from Dr. Justin Chen from MGH and youth alumnus Favian, watched the filmLooking for Luke and shared in small groups. Special thanks to sponsor CHNA 20, Blue Hills Community Health Alliance and for partners EACH, Bay State Community Services, MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and DOVE. One parent shared, "After the forum, I have begun to rethink my expectations on my children and review my parenting style."
Dr. Justin Chin at We Share We Listen Forum
BCNC Portraits: Alice Mei and Terry Li
Alice and Terry emigrated to the US 11 months ago after having owned a coffee shop in China and came to BCNC with a dream of opening a coffee shop in Boston. After graduating from the English for Customer Service program funded by Mayor's Office of Workforce Development in October 2017, their dream became a reality and they opened up APM Coffee! Alice shares, "My favorite part of working at a coffee shops is that we meet a lot of different people." Visit Alice and Terry at APM Coffee at 99 Kneeland Street, Boston, conviently located next to the Pao Arts Center!
BCNC Portraits: APM Coffee
Director of Youth Education Receives Excellence Award
We are so proud to announce that Director of Youth Education Sandra Lee has been selected as a finalist for the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network Nonprofit Excellence Award in the Young Professional category! Congratulations, Sandra!
Sandra Lee
Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month
Executive Director Giles Li spoke to Advisory Board member Joy Lim Nakrin on NECN about the importance of celebrating AAPI Heritage Month in May. "It's important for us to define our community in an expansive and inclusive way so that people from different Asian American and Pacific Islander backgrounds are part of that community," says Giles. "I think that's good for people's emotional and social well-being, but also politically, it's important for us to be able to speak with a louder voice." Watch the full video here.
Giles Li on NECN
Youth Leaders Explore Identity
This past year, the YouLead program for Asian American youth collaborated with Alternatives for Community and Environment and the Boston Student Advisory Council, and explored their identity through interviews and filming. Youth produced videos that document their challenges, fears, and motivations, and guide their leadership journeys. Youth leaders have also spent the past 5 months organizing the annual Asian American Youth Conference that will host 80 youth from all over Greater Boston on May 26.
Call for 50th Anniversary Logo Ideas
BCNC celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2019, and we are looking for ideas for our 50th Anniversary logo. Design a concept for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card and a $30 Double Chin Restaurant gift card! Submit an electronic version of your logo concept to events@bcnc.net by Friday, May 25thClick here to see the guidelines for logo submissions.
BCNC logo
Special Thanks
Special thanks to the following institutions for their support in April 2018:
Asian Garden Seafood Restaurants; Beacon Financial Planning, Inc.; The Blossom Fund; Boston Bruins Foundation; The Boston Foundation; Boston Trust & Investment Management Company; Chin Law Firm; Fidelity Foundation; First Republic Bank; Fish Family Foundation; Flynn, Wirkus, Young; Greenway Conservancy; Guyder Hurley; Liberty Mutual Foundation; Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership; The Merck Foundation; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Rockland Trust; Sasa Beauty & Spa; South Cove Manor Nursing; Tufts Health Plan; Tufts University; United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley; Vantage Graphics; Verizon Foundation; and XS Brokers.
Gala Chairs
Governor Charlie Baker
Mayor Marty Walsh

Employer Partners of the Year
Citizens Bank
East Boston Savings Bank


Friday, June 22, 2018
6pm-10pm

Sprit of Boston
Seaport Blvd, Boston

Sumptuous Buffets
Ethnic Performances
Multiple Dance Floors
Karaoke Bar
Exciting Auction

Attire: Summer Cruise Party

For questions or to purchase tickets or sponsorship by telephone (Check/Credit Card), contact Tong Gao (617)-426-9492 x205. Or email tgao@aaca-boston.org.
Gala 2018 Honorary Committee
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senator Edward Markey
Congressman Stephen Lynch
State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg
State Senator Sal N. DiDomenico
State Representative Evandro C. Carvalho
State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez
State Representative Chynah Tyler
State Representative Donald Wong
City Councilor President Andrea Campbell
City Councilor Lydia Edwards
City Councilor Ed Flynn
City Councilor Matt O’Malley
City Councilor Ayanna Pressley
City Councilor Michelle Wu
Consul General Grand Rabbi, Austria
Consul General Rokuichirob Michii, Japan
Thai Honor Consulate General Joseph Milano
Paul K. Chan
John Drew
Pam Eddinger
Josh Kraft
Bob Lundy
Keith Motley
Robert Newman
Robert F. Rivers
Eric Schultz

Info Updated as of 04.13.18
Asian American Civic Association | 87 Tyler Street, 5th FloorBoston, MA 02111
Upcoming Events
Annual Meeting
May 24, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
 
Join us at our annual meeting for agency updates & program highlights, special performances, and staff & volunteer service awards. Light dinner will be served. Seating is limited, so RSVP here by Friday, May 18th.
Pao Arts Center Turns One!
May 12, 3:00-5:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
Join us as we celebrate one year of arts programming in Chinatown! The celebration will include interactive art activities, birthday cake, and the opening reception of our latest exhibit, Heartful Creations, featuring works from Josiah Quincy Elementary School students. Register here.
Chinatown Presents: Voci Angelica Trio
April 29, 3:00-4:30pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
As part of ArtWeek Boston, come experience the Voci Angelica Trio, an international ensemble with members hailing from three continents. Straddling the genres of world folk and classical music, the trio creates an ambitious blend of cultures, reinvigorating traditional songs for contemporary audiences. All ages welcome for this participatory concert. Register here.
In the Kitchen: Chinese-Style Mochi
May 5, 11:00am-12:30pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston
BCNC parent Yu Yan Su returns to the pop-up kitchen at the Pao Arts Center to teach how to make Chinese-style mochi, a dessert made of sweet, soft rice dough skin with different fillings and often dusted with coconut flakes. Register here.






BCNC 2018 Annual Meeting




WHAT:             Join us for a year in review and to celebrate our staff and volunteers.








Agenda:









  • Special Performances




  • Agency Updates and Program Highlights


  • Staff and Volunteer Service Award







WHEN:                        Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 6pm - 8pm





WHERE:          Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street, Boston, MA, 02111United

WHO:              Open to the Public

CONTACT:       Jean.Quintal@bcnc.net | 617-603-2540


For more information and to reserve your free ticket(s):


https://bcnc.net/upcoming-events/2018/5/24/bcnc-annual-meeting-2018



A Light dinner will be served. Seating is Limited. Please RSVP by Friday, May 18th.
At our Lunar New Year Banquet celebrating the Year of the Dog on March 23, we surpassed our fundraising goal and raised more than $50,000 to support and sustain CPA's work!

Thank you to all of our supporters and sustainers!
14th Annual Chinatown Bike-a-thon
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Save the date and start a team!
The Chinatown Bike-a-thon is a green and healthy fundraiser to support youth leadership and a brighter future in our community. The ride is an 8 or 16 miles on the Paul Dudley White Bike Path along the Charles River. It is a family-friendly event that promotes healthy living and culminates in a picnic on the Boston Common. We are excited to continue to grow our Bike-a-thon and to grow our youth program with your help!

The funds raised from the Chinatown Bike-a-thon directly support youth programming. The Chinese Youth Initiative (CYI) provides internship opportunities to high school aged youth from the Greater Boston area, combining an Asian American Studies curriculum with hands-on community service and organizing projects. For over more than 20 years, CYI youth have played crucial roles in the campaign for a Chinatown library, voter registration drives, support for immigrant workers’ rights, establishing the first Chinatown Youth Platform, advocating for public transit and much more.

Applications for CYI's 2018 summer internship program are due this Friday!

Ride as an individual or as a team. Prizes will be awarded to riders and teams who raise the most! 

E-mail justice@cpaboston.org to be a Bike-a-thon sponsor or volunteer.

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. 

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