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Found In Translation: A Deal 杂音

Saturday, April 2 | 7:00 pm (English), Directed by Michelle Aguillon 

Join us for a post-show talkback in English with director Michelle Aguillon and Intergenerational Storytelling exhibiting artist Melissa Teng after April 2 show

Saturday, April 9 | 7:00 pm (Mandarin), Directed by Tianding He

Pao Arts Center 

Free, Suggested Donation $10

A Deal by Zhu Yi is a dark comedy that follows a Chinese family's home buying journey in New York under the backdrop of a China-US economic crisis. Originally taking place in the winter of 2015, the themes and issues explored still resonate today.

 

Dancer: Naoko Brown, photo credit: Olivia Moon Photography

Convergent Waves: Boston

Thursday, April 21 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm - SOLD OUT

Friday, April 22 - Saturday, April 23 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm and 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Post-performance discussion after Saturday, April 23, 8:30 pm show

$20.00-$50.00 | limit of 50 person for each performance

Pao Arts Center

Be the first to experience Convergent Waves: Boston new site-responsive, multimedia experience by Lenora Lee Dance. Immerse yourself in a dance event which celebrates the contributions of activists and non-profit leaders and reclaims space by eliciting stories of community agency, resilience, and transformation.

 

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Red Wintersweet and Sparrows

Xiaoyong Liu, Ink on Paper, Willow Tree and Chickens, 2022

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Willow Tree and Chickens

Saturday, April 23 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Online Via Zoom 

Ticketing: $15 per class | $45 per class with supplies mailed, deadline for registration with mailed supplies: April 13

We continue to explore the theme of flower-and-bird paintings this spring. This month we will paint a scene with chattering chickens gathering under a gently swaying willow tree. Class is taught in Mandarin but friendly for English speakers.

 

Last call for our March class: Peach Flowers and Chickens

Saturday, March 26 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Online Via Zoom 

$15 per class

 

Photo credit: Matthew Okazaki, Ojichan's Home, Crystal City, Texas, 1945, Digital collage, 12 x 16

 

 Final Days of Intergenerational Storytelling

Through March 25, 2022

Pao Arts Center

Free, Suggested Donation $10

Storytelling across generations allows us to preserve and reimagine family histories and strengthen and advance community narratives. Stories also reinforce culture. Interpreting the stories of our elders for ourselves and each other allows the stories to live on in more expansive ways. How do we reinterpret our ancestor’s stories for ourselves? How do we acknowledge certain generational divides within our evolving society while still honoring our elders? 

Participating artists: Melody HsuMadeline Lee, Yuko OkabeMatthew OkazakiMelissa Teng, and Lily Xie. Curated by Leslie Anne Condon.

Meet a few of our Intergenerational Storytelling artists!

Their work is on view through March 25.

Yuko Okabe

 Headshot of the artist, Melissa Teng

Meet Melissa Teng

Melissa Teng is a social practice and multimedia artist whose works examine systems of control and the freedoms within, often as acts of collective imagination and care. Her work is frequently in collaboration with community and responds to issues of hypervisibility and invisibility.

Matthew Okazaki

Headshot of the artist, Lily Xie

Meet Lily Xie

Lily Xie is a Chinese-American artist and educator whose socially engaged work explores radical imagination, reimagined histories, and other routes to collective resilience. Lily shares strategies adapted from her drawing and bookmaking practices as tools for community empowerment and justice.

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Pao Arts Center and Lenora Lee Dance present

World Premiere of Convergent Waves: Boston


Boston, MA- Pao Art Center is thrilled to announce Convergent Waves: Boston in celebration of its 5th anniversary! This new site-responsive, multimedia performance by Lenora Lee Dance celebrates the contributions of activists and non-profit leaders, and reclaims space by eliciting stories of community agency, resilience, and transformation. Inspired by rich narrative, this work represents a powerful call for community-oriented development in the face of rapid change, making a collective statement for the preservation of community as neighborhoods across the country inhabited for generations face cultural erosion, loss of businesses, and displacement through gentrification. Convergent Waves: Boston highlights successes in preserving the cultural fabric and accomplishments of these communities.

 

Lee shares, “We are excited to bring Lenora Lee Dance to Boston for the first time to create and premiere this new work, and more importantly connect the stories of Boston to those across the country. My priority as an artist has always been to connect deeply with audiences, and consider how we can uncover layers of experiences through dance, music, film, installation,  research and interviews integrated and grounded in community and place-based work.”

 

Pao Arts Center Director Cynthia Woo shares, “Especially in times of increased anti-Asian sentiment, it is critical for us to leverage artistic and creative work to shed light to our stories in both a local and national context and to provide a face and voice to these experiences.”  

  

There will also be a virtual presentation of Convergent Waves: Boston presented by ArtsEmerson in Fall 2022. After Convergent Waves: Boston the project will tour to San Francisco (June 9, 2022), Los Angeles (Spring 2023), and New York City (Fall 2023) continuing to shed light on the stories of displacement and gentrification in communities across the country.

 

Dancers Lynn Huang and Johnny Nguyen, photo credit: Robbie SweenyFor more information: https://www.paoartscenter.org/events/2022/convergent-waves-boston

 

 

 

Performance Details:

 

Thursday | 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday - Saturday, April 21 - 23, 2022

7:00 - 8:00 pm and 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Performances will begin on time, please arrive early.

Post-performance discussion after Saturday, 8:30 pm show

 

Ticket Prices

General Admission: $25

Arts Patron: $50

Student/Senior: $20

 

Location

Pao Arts Center

99 Albany Street

Boston, MA 02111

 

COVID-19 Protocol:

As of March 15, 2022, Pao Arts Center is requiring all patrons to be masked. Protocols subject to change.

Filming:  Performances will be filmed. By entering into this performance space, guests consent to being filmed and for their likeness to be used in any way.

Conceived, Produced & Directed by Lenora Lee

Choreography by Lenora Lee in collaboration with the performers

Performers / Dance Collaborators: Naoko Brown, IJ Chan, Flora Hyoin Kim Han, Lynn HuangJohnny Huy Nguyen

 

Media Design by Lenora Lee

 

Music

  • Composed by Vijay Iyer, performed by Fieldwork, Vijay Iyer Trio, Miranda Cuckson, Michi Wianko, Kyle Arrmbust, Kivie Cahn-Lipman, and Wadada Leo Smith. Additional recordings composed and performed by Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith.
  • Composed and performed by Tatsu Aoki, with Kioto Aoki, Jamie Kempkers, Edward Wilkerson Jr.
  • Composed by Francis Wong. Performed by Francis Wong, Deszon X. Claiborne, Tatsu Aoki.

 

For more detailed information about the music, click here

 

Interviewee Voiceover by Susan Chinsen, Ken Eng, Paul Lee, Tunny Lee, Angie Liou, Lydia Lowe, Cynthia Woo, Yu-Wen Wu, Cynthia Yee

Convergent Waves: Boston is supported by ArtsEmerson, Pao Arts Center, and by generous individuals. The creation, presentation of and production residency for Convergent Waves: Boston was also made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Special Thanks to: Asian Community Development Corporation, Carmen Chan, Chinatown Community Land Trust, Chinese Historical Society of New England, Susan ChinsenKen Eng, Stephanie Fan, Amy Guen, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harry Lee, Paul Lee, Tunney Lee, Angie Liou, Lydia Lowe, Cynthia Soo Hoo, Cynthia Woo, and Cynthia Yee.

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LENORA LEE DANCE

Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) integrates contemporary dance, film, music, and research and has gained increasing attention for its sustained pursuit of issues related to immigration, incarceration, global conflict, and its impacts, particularly on women and families. The company is directed by San Francisco native Lenora Lee, who has been a dancer, choreographer and artistic director for the past 24 years in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. She has been an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum, a Djerassi Resident Artist, a Visiting Scholar at New York University 2012-2016, an Artist in Residence at Dance Mission Theater, a 2019 United States Artists Fellow.

 

LLD creates works that are both set in public and private spaces, intimate and at the same time large-scale, inspired by individual stories as well as community strength, at times crafted for the proscenium, or underwater, or in the air, and at times are site-responsive, immersive and interactive. For the last 14 years, the company has been pushing the envelope of large-scale multimedia, and immersive dance performance that connects various styles of movement and music to culture, history and human rights issues. Its work has grown to encompass the creation, presentation and screening of films, museum and gallery installations, civic engagement and educational programming. LenoraLeeDance.com

 

About Pao Arts Center:

Pao Arts Center was established in 2017 as a visionary program collaboration between Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) and Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC). Located at 99 Albany Street in downtown Boston, Pao Arts Center is Chinatown’s first arts and cultural center.

 

Pao Arts Center represents the belief that investing in arts, culture, and creativity are vital to the health and well-being of individuals, families, and vibrant communities. Through its innovative approach, Pao Arts Center empowers creativity, connection, learning, and support. paoartscenter.org

 

Pao Arts Center is supported by Barr Foundation, Boston Cultural Council/Reopen Creative Boston Fund administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Klarman Family Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts.

 

 

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Annie Trieu | Communications Associate

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)

Boston: 617-635-5129 x1097

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Join us for In-Person and Virtual Music in Boston’s Chinatown

Image Caption: aznjujube performing at last year's Experience Chinatown. Photo credit: Katie Medrano – Escobar.

Take Out Thursdays presented by Pao Arts Center and the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Thursdays, August 5 | August 12 | August 19 | August 26 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway

Free and open to the public

Bring your families, come by after work and join Pao Arts Center and The Greenway Conservancy for a series of family-friendly concerts and performances. Stop by your favorite Chinatown eatery, grab a snack or dinner, and discover a new creative performer!

August 5 opens with musician Ava Sophia.

This program is part of the Rediscover The Greenway series. Funding and support for this program is provided by abutting property owners who serve as members of the Greenway Business Improvement District (BID). The Greenway BID plays an essential role in supporting an appealing, accessible, and vibrant experience for all that visit The Greenway to gather, relax, unwind, and explore.

Company One Theatre & Pao Arts Center Present: Kit Yan and Melissa Li’s Work-In-Progress Boston Chinatown Musical

Thursday, August 19 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Online

Free 

Company One Theatre's  2020-2021 PlayLab Pao Arts Center Fellows, Kit Yan and Melissa Li, share a work-in-progress of their residency work. Performances of songs and music will be intertwined with community member conversation celebrating the vibrancy of Chinatown.

Image Caption: Graphic of EXPERIENCE CHINATOWN in all caps in hot pink and orange.

Experience Chinatown Schedule

Visual Arts installations On View | September 9 – 25

Performances:

Thursday, September 9 | 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Thursday September 16 | 5:00 – 8:30 pm

Thursday, September 23 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Saturday, September 25 | 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Rose Kennedy Greenway 

Mark your calendar for performances and visual arts installations in Chinatown! 

 

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Photo, Wen-hao Tien sets up her camera for her piece "Teach Me Your Song". Courtesy Peter Crawley.

Closing Public Programs for Wen-hao Tien: Home On Our Backs 

Teach Me Your Song: Thursday, July 22, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Family Friendly Closing Celebration: Saturday, July 31, 2:00 – 4:00 pm 

Enjoy the final month of Wen-hao Tien: Home on Our Backs. Visit the gallery in person, participate in Teach Me Your Song on Thursday, July 22, or join us for a final gathering Saturday, July 31!

Graphic, "Residence Lab 2021 at Mary Soo Hoo Park" and "Kick-Off Friday, August 27".

 

ResLab 2021 Kick-Off

Friday, August 27, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Mary Soo Hoo Park, on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA 02111

Join us for our 2021 ResLab Kick-Off with our program partner Asian Community Development Corporation alongside their annual Films at the Gate series. This year’s family-friendly activation is taking place at Mary Soo Hoo Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in partnership with the Greenway Conservancy.

Chinese Watercolor on paper, Chrysanthemums, Boston, 2021. Courtesy of Xiaoyong Liu. 

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Chrysanthemums

Saturday, August 28, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Online

$15 per class | $45 per class with supplies mailed

Deadline for registration with mailed supplies: Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Relax one Saturday afternoon to learn to paint the radial, disk-like blooms of the yellow chrysanthemum flower with butterflies.

Photo, Beef Chow Fun, 2021. Courtesy of Valerie Li.

In the Kitchen (At Home): Beef Chow Fun

Friday, August 20, 12:00 pm

Online

Stay tuned for our upcoming episode of In The Kitchen. Valerie Li teaches us a classic Cantonese dish: Beef Chow Fun. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be the first to know when the video drops.

Graphic, EXPERIENCE CHINATOWN with BCNC, Pao Arts Center, and BHCC logos.

SAVE THE DATE: Experience Chinatown

September 9 - 25, 2021

Various Locations

Experience Chinatown returns this September! Stay tuned for our schedule of performances, artists installations, and much more. Check out this year’s locations, times, artists, and supporters! 

Photo, six headshots of Pao Arts Center intern team lined up side by side.

Meet the Summer Interns!

Welcome Saira, Clara, Qing Qing, Carlee, Mandy, and Sarah to Pao Arts Center's team.

 

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July 2021 Newsletter

 

Dear Friends of ACDC,

 

Now that summer is here, we're excited to share programming and event updates to look forward to this season.

 

While we are excited to start hosting in-person events, ACDC is still committed to protecting the safety and well-being of all residents, community members, and ACDC staff and volunteers by following local and state health guidelines. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership. We are grateful to our donors, sponsors, funders, and volunteers for investing in youth and families and the communities they call home with ACDC.

 

😎 Stay cool,

 

Angie Liou

Executive Director

 

 

 

 

Hudson Street Stoop Met Its Crowdfunding Goal!

 

 

Making fun memories at Storytell & Sway; by Aaron John Borque Photography, courtesy of artist Gianna Stewart

 

Thank you to all of our donors who supported the Hudson Street Stoop: Storytell & Sway crowdfunding campaign! Your generosity has helped ACDC meet and exceed its crowdfunding goal and secure a $7,500 matching grant from Mass Development. Funds support free community programming for Chinatown residents and visitors of all ages. We hope you can join us for a reception to check out the installation and meet the team behind the project.

 

Storytell & Sway Reception Event

Saturday, July 31st, 12 pm - 2 pm

One Greenway Park between 66 - 88 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111

 

Join us in celebrating Hudson Street Stoop's inaugural installation. Meet the artist Gianna Stewart and the team of project collaborators and Chinatown residents involved with the project.

 

 

Siblings playing at Storytell & Sway; by May Lui

A sunny hangout at Storytell & Sway; by Aaron John Borque Photography, courtesy of artist Gianna Stewart

 

Upcoming Stoop Events - Organized by ACDC's MorePlay! Program

Join us for some fun summer events at the Stoop for kids and families, and open to all ages.

·    Saturday, July 10th, 11 am - 2 pm: Memory Art Workshop - Create art based on your own stoop memories and have a chance for your work to be displayed at the Pao Arts Center!

 

·    Saturday, August 7th, 11 am - 2 pm: Lantern Festival DIY & Read Aloud - Make paper lanterns and listen to storybooks read by ACDC volunteers.

 

·    Saturday, August 14th, 7:00 pm: Open Mic: Story Time! - Check out stories and performances shared by residents and local artists. Interested in sharing your story? Submit a performance application today.

 

 

For questions about events, email Dianyvet Serrano at anchor.projects@asiancdc.org and follow ACDC on Instagram for updates.

 

Shout out to our A-VOYCE youth alumni and SuccessLink Interns Angela Guan, Olivia Moy, Bryce Moy, and Ada Wu for their help with organizing the events!

 

 

Thank You for supporting ACDC's

Virtual Dim Sum Breakfast!

 

Panel speaker Zayda Ortiz (top right) shares a heartwarming experience about organizing mutual aid efforts with Malden Neighbors Helping Neighbors, joined by co-organizer A.J. Kumar (bottom right), Andrea So of GMAACC (bottom left), and Angie.

 

We were delighted to be joined by City of Malden Mayor Gary Christenson who accepted the Inspiration Award, which honored the city's eviction prevention work during the pandemic.

 

 

City of Malden Mayor Gary Christenson accepting the Inspiration Award

 

Special thank you to our emcee Janet Wu of WCVB, ACDC Board Members Mai Du and Paul W. Lee, and to our inspiring Dim Sum panel speakers, Andrea So of GMAACC, Zayda Ortiz of Malden Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Malden CORE, and A.J. Kumar of Malden Neighbors Helping Neighbors, for sharing their insights on supporting the community and making meaningful connections during such challenging and distressing times.

 

 

"Where We Belong - 歸屬,歸宿"

 

 

Ponnapa (left) working on the mural; by Paul McAlpine

 

ACDC is excited to share that a new mural is coming to Chinatown and will be completed soon! "Where We Belong - 歸屬,歸宿" by local artist Ponnapa Prakkamakul is located on Essex Street in Boston's Chinatown.

 

The mural is part of ACDC's placekeeping initiative, one of the ways ACDC combats gentrification and displacement, through public art and space activation that celebrates the history and culture of Chinatown and resident voices. This project is a collaboration between ACDC, Ponnapa, Oxford Properties, and our A-VOYCE youth.

 

Check out the mural's recent feature on WCVB below.

 

Ponnapa meeting with A-VOYCE youth; by Weiying Olivia Huang, courtesy of Oxford Properties

Ponnapa working on the mural; by Weiying Olivia Huang, courtesy of Oxford Properties

 

 

Save the Date: Friday, August 27 - Sunday August 29

15th Anniversary Films at the Gate Festival

 

 

Get ready for ACDC's 15th Anniversary Films at the Gate Festival! We are excited to once again host our free, three-day community event.

 

Save the date and join us for games, activities, and family-friendly films that celebrate Asian and Asian American stories and artists!

 

 

 

Malden Civic Engagement

Virtual Workshop Series

 

Are you interested in community building and engagement? Do you want to make an impact in Malden? Join us for a virtual workshop series, hosted in collaboration with GMAACC, throughout the month of July. You will also receive a certificate for completing workshops and a gift as our appreciation. Show your passion for making Malden a better place and register today!

 

🗣🌐 Simultaneous Cantonese & Mandarin interpretation provided.

 

 

Upcoming Topics

·    Urban Planning (Monday, July 12, 6pm-7:30pm)

·    Affordable Housing (Monday, July 19, 6pm-7:30pm)

·    Redistricting (Monday, July 26, 6pm-7:30pm)

 

 

A-VOYCE Tier 1 Youth Present: Bowl of Memories & Joy

 

 

For their community project, youth from our Chinatown A-VOYCE program set out to answer two questions:

·    How can we create a more inclusive community where everyone feels that they belong?

·    How can we celebrate the past memories of Hudson Street and make space for new ones?

 

Their solution: to connect with residents through art, storytelling, and food. They created Bowl of Memories & Joy, a project where they sent art kits to Chinatown residents and invited participants to share their artwork and stories for a digital showcase celebrating culture, community, and connection.

 

 

"Tang Yuan and Family" by Betty Zhao

"Tang Yuan is a dessert that is mainly eaten during the Lunar New Year. It is a special dish that has a lot of meaning to me. The round shape of represents togetherness, family reunion, unity, and harmony. Tang Yuan reminds me of all the memories I had with my family. It not just a delicious dessert, it stands for something bigger."

 

 

 

ACDC Office Reopening

 

 

Our Boston office in Chinatown is now open by appointment only. To schedule an in-person appointment with one of our staff, please email them.

 

Visitors will be asked to complete a health survey form provided by staff prior to the appointment. Everyone is required to keep their mask covering their nose and mouth while in the office.

 

 

 

In the News

 

 

“In pre-pandemic times, the lack of diversity in the building uses could replicate itself in other ways, as in Boston’s Financial District. ‘It feels like a very wealthy, very white, rather male place,’ said Angie Liou, the executive director of the Asian Community Development Corporation in Boston, which is active in the Chinatown neighborhood bordering the Financial District... Urban renewal projects better known for demolishing lower-income neighborhoods were also essential for developing in their place modernist, office-heavy downtowns."

 

 

“‘By having residents take over pieces of the public spaces, it’s one way for us to reclaim Chinatown...’”

 

“‘In terms of individual household finances, I think it’s certainly been a very difficult year...And, whatever data is out there that’s been collected over the last 12 to 14 months, we know that they don’t capture complete or accurate pictures of the AAPI community.’”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2021

NEWSLETTER

 

 

 

 

Get the book on the struggle for Boston Chinatown!

 

Read co-founder Michael Liu's new book on the history of organizing for community control that put Chinatown on Boston's political map and led to the founding of Chinatown CLT.

 

Use special code MAS003 for a 30% discount when you purchase your book from UMass Press.

 

Help us build the Immigrant History Trail!

The Immigrant History Trail is a participatory placekeeping project seeking to uplift the diverse immigrant, working class histories of the Chinatown and South Cove neighborhood.

 

We are currently seeking volunteers to launch the Immigrant History Trail as well as advisors and story tellers. 

 

Learn More

 

Support our work to stabilize Chinatown!

Chinatown CLT is part of a growing movement for community control of land as a way to stabilize working class neighborhoods with permanently affordable housing and shared neighborhood spaces.  

 

 

Anyone can become a member of Chinatown CLT if you agree with our mission and pay $5 annual dues. Chinatown residents are voting members; non-residents are supporting members.

 

 

Chinatown Community Land Trust

www.chinatownclt.org

E: participate@chinatownclt.org

 

 

 

BCNC Lantern Festival Gala

You are cordially invited to the 2021 Lantern Festival Gala

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Ticket (For One Household): $50

Location: Online. Event link to be emailed closer to date.

6:00 pm Program: Learn about how Asians and new immigrants have been impacted by the pandemic, hear inspiring participant stories, and experience premier artistic performances from Chinatown locations.

Host: Janet Wu, Bloomberg 

Honoring: BCNC Students and Participants 

Featuring: Ava Sophia | Aznjujube featuring Jeff La | Continuum Dance | Shaw Pong Liu

Attire: Festive 

Since 1969, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) empowers Asians and new immigrants to build healthy families, achieve greater economic success, and contribute to thriving communities through innovative programs and services. This year, during these challenging times, your support is needed more than ever to help Asian and new immigrant families thrive.

Your support will directly:

  • help youth from low-income families go to college,
  • assist adult students in learning English and getting jobs,
  • provide high-quality, in-person childcare for preschool and school-age children, and
  • help immigrant families deal with challenges and build their lives in the US.

Your donation is tax-deductible and will support family-centered programs for Asian and new immigrants including childcare, youth leadership, adult English classes and workforce development, mental health counseling and parent support groups and arts and culture.

Contact: events@bcnc.net

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

As of April 20, 2021


BU Arts Initiative Hosts Boston’s Chinatown: Community, Power, and Placemaking

TODAY Thursday, April 15, 12 pm

Ben Hires moderates a conversation with Núrí Chandler-Smith (Bunker Hill Community College), Angie Liou (Asian Community Development Center), Carolyn Rubin (Tufts University), and Cynthia Woo (Pao Arts Center) on the legacy of Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, exploring community, urban expansion, displacement, public health, and the birth of Pao Arts Center.

New fund launches to help Chinatown restaurants & residents

New Fund Launches to Help Restaurants & Residents

BCNC joins peer organizations on a new fund launched in Chinatown, rooted in community partnerships and trust-based philanthropy, to help local restaurants and residents.

BCNC Portraits: Karla, AmeriCorps Volunteer

BCNC Portraits: Karla, AmeriCorps Volunteer

"I feel passionate about teaching and serving others. [Through this citizenship class,] I want to give people tools to understand things, make their own choices, and feel confident doing so."

Providing Vaccine Education for Asian Immigrants

Providing Vaccine Education for Asian Immigrants

Thanks to Barr Foundation, Klarman Family Foundation and the Boston Resiliency Fund, BCNC, Asian Community Development Corporation, Chinese Progressive Association, and Greater Boston Legal Services Asian Outreach Unit are collaborating to provide essential resources regarding vaccine education and financial relief to the Chinese-speaking Asian immigrant community in Boston.

Join Us for Upcoming Events

BCNC 2021 Lantern Festival Gala

2021 Lantern Festival Gala

Online | Thursday, May 6

5:30 pm Reception  |  6:00 pm Program

Learn about how Asians and new immigrants have been impacted by the pandemic, hear inspiring participant stories, and experience premier artistic performances from Chinatown locations.

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Liz Cheng, GBH General Manager of Television accepting the Neil Y. Chin Community Service Award last year.

 

2021 Heart of the Community Dim Sum Breakfast

Friday, June 11, 2021

10:00 AM EDT

Virtual Event

 

Dear Friends of ACDC,

 

Our annual Heart of the Community Dim Sum Breakfast will be held virtually on Friday, June 11th at 10:00 AM EDT. Although we would have preferred to enjoy Dim Sum with the hundreds of guests that usually attend our Breakfast, we are prioritizing the safety of our guests and community.

 

Through collective care, we will remain a resilient community. We continue to strengthen our partnerships with other organizations and coalitions to meet the growing, urgent needs of the Asian immigrant and AAPI communities - needs that stem from the pandemic; the most recent surge in racism and attacks against Asian immigrant and AAPI individuals; and the structural racism that for generations, has marginalized the voices and issues impacting working class, immigrant and BIPOC communities we serve.

 

Proceeds from this event support engaging community members in re-imagining and rebuilding their quality of life and transforming their neighborhoods through ACDC’s programs which include: A-VOYCE youth leadership program, bilingual first-time homebuyer workshops and financial counseling, civic engagement and placekeeping projects.

 

 

 

 

Have a question about the event? Contact ACDC

 

 

 

 

March 2021 Newsletter

 

Dear Friends of ACDC,

 

We are feeling heartbroken and angered by the most recent surge in attacks against Asians and the eight lives taken in the targeted murders in Atlanta, six of whom were Asian women. I wanted to share some recent updates on how ACDC and organizations across Massachusetts are responding.

 

APIs CAN! released a statement to address the most recent wave of attacks and proposed community-centered approaches to help keep our loved ones, friends and neighbors safe.

 

We have partnered with local community organizations to host a Town Hall on March 25 at 6 pm EDT to acknowledge the collective grief, anger and fear, among the many other emotions and reactions in the AAPI community; to amplify voices and experiences from the small business, organizing and youth communities; to share resources; and to grow in advocacy efforts.

 

 

ACDC stays committed to addressing the systemic racism that impacts immigrant and AAPI communities through building and fostering safe and equitable communities that we can all call home. Please read on below for more updates on how we're serving the community.

 

Sincerely,

 

Angie Liou

Executive Director

 

 

March 30: Mandarin-language COVID-19

Vaccine Info Session

 

On March 30 at 6 pm EDT, there will be a COVID-19 vaccine information session conducted in Mandarin Chinese only.

 

Please share this event with Mandarin-speakers to learn more about the vaccine and how to get an appointment.

 

Save this link to join on March 30.

 

 

Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund Update

 

 

Thank you to our generous donors and funders who supported to the Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund (ACERF) this year! Contributions received through March 22 are being prepared for direct distribution to individuals and families who continue to be impacted by the pandemic.

 

Since this January, donors and funders contributed over $150,000 to help families pay for necessities including rent, groceries and utilities. Thank you to our individual supporters; the City of Boston for their support through the Boston Resiliency Fund; and the Philanthropic Initiative in partnership with the Boston Foundation for your tremendous efforts to help those disproportionately impacted.

 

Donations made to ACERF after March 22nd will be collectively decided by the partner organizations on how to best directly support the community.

 

 

 

 

A-VOYCE Awarded $20,000 Grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

 

 

Thank you to the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation for their generous support of ACDC's youth leadership development program, Asian Voices of Organized Youth for Community Empowerment (A-VOYCE)!

 

A-VOYCE was one of six recipients of the Foundation's "Healthy Youth, Healthy Community" Racial Equity grant.

 

Our A-VOYCE program mobilizes youth to become equity-centered urban designers, planners and neighborhood advocates in Greater Boston and Malden.

 

 

In the News

 

 

 

"We're thinking about community-based solutions that get at systemic racism by trying to devote more resources to grassroots organizations that have the relationships, that have trust in the community, that are doing this work, and [are] trying to increase resources in housing, jobs, healthcare, and education."

 

 

"'For Asians with low English, there’s a fear of retaliation from threatening landlords. “Not knowing their full rights make people afraid,' says Angie Liou, executive director of the Asian Community Development Corporation in Boston.

 

Displaced Asians then are forced to double and triple up with family and friends in cramped housing. 'That’s what we don’t want during a pandemic,' adds Liou."

 

"[Carolyn] Chou and [Angie] Liou said that a better way to protect Asian communities is to address threats with culturally-sensitive solutions, such as language accessibility resources, mental health services and interracial dialog about racism...

 

...Many neighborhoods with high Asian American populations, like Chinatown and Dorchester, are also increasingly gentrified. The financial hardships imposed by the pandemic, along with rising property values, threaten to push residents out of traditionally Asian enclaves."

 

 

Coming Soon: Hudson Street Stoop's Storytell and Sway

 

Renderings courtesy of artist Gianna Stewart

 

ACDC engaged Chinatown residents and local arts administrators who helped us create the Hudson Street Stoop initiative. This year's inaugural Hudson Street Stoop installation, "Storytell and Sway" by Gianna Stewart will open this summer.

 

Storytell and Sway will promote One Greenway Park on Hudson Street as a family-friendly space; aims to bring together Chinatown residents of all backgrounds; welcomes back the spirit of play and outdoor activity through socially distanced bench swings; and celebrates resident voices through quotes and stories inscribed on the benches in their native languages.

 

Do you want to support programming such as story slams or storytelling sessions at Hudson Street Stoop? We'll be launching a crowdfunding campaign soon!

 

Stay subscribed to the newsletter and follow us on Instagram for updates.

 

 

Save the Date: June 11 Virtual Dim Sum Breakfast

 

Liz Cheng, GBH General Manager of Television, accepting the Neil Chin Community Service Award at last year's event.

 

This year's annual Heart of the Community - Dim Sum Breakfast will be held virtually on Friday, June 11, 2021.

 

Save the date and stay tuned for more details to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2020

 

Dear Friends of ACDC,

 

We can’t believe this year is almost over. During the 2020 pandemic, we supported our residents and community via emergency relief fund and wellness check-ins; moved our homeownership education, youth, and resident programming to online platforms; and mobilized the community to complete the Census and get out the vote. Check out our Annual Report and learn how your support has made a difference this year.  

 

There Is Still Time to Make An Even Bigger Impact!

 

We are giving grocery gift cards to residents in our affordable housing to help them through this holiday season, thanks in part to a COVID-19 grant from Tufts Medical Center. Make a donation today to enable us to help even more residents with housing assistance and COVID-related needs! Your gift will have double the impact through a $10,000 matching donation from Paul and Mary Lee. 

 

For donations of $1,000 or more, you can also qualify for the Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC) program, which gives you 50% of your donation back as a tax credit. Contact angie.liou@asiancdc.org if you are interested.

 

ACDC Awarded $500,000 Grant by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

We are honored to receive a $500,000, 3-year grant from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as part of the hospital’s $18.4 million Community-based Health Initiative. In partnership with the Chinese Progressive Association and Greater Boston Legal Services’ Asian Outreach Unit, our project will expand homeownership opportunities to Chinatown residents, provide eviction prevention and engage residents in anti-displacement work, and advocate for policies that increase access to affordable housing. 

 

 

Remembering Tunney Lee

 

Earlier this year, Chinatown and Boston lost a long-time teacher, historian, and planner – Tunney Lee. A professor emeritus at MIT, he grew up in Boston’s Chinatown, but his influence reached far beyond Boston, through his teaching of generations of architects and planners, as well as his civil rights activities in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s Poor People’s Campaign. He was a founder of ACDC, and one of his last projects was the Chinatown Atlas. Listen to the WGBH interview where Angie Liou, Executive Director of ACDC, discusses the legacy of Tunney Lee with Stephanie Fan from the Chinese Historical Society of New England and Brent Ryan from MIT.

 

 

 

We hope you and your loved ones have a joyous and healthy holiday season. See you in 2021!

 

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In the Kitchen (At Home): Tang Yuan

Photo credit: Valerie Li

In the Kitchen (At Home) | Tang Yuan (Glutinous Rice Ball)

Online | Instagram and YouTube

Winter is here! This month, home-cook Valerie Li shares her version of glutinous rice balls to celebrate the winter solstice. In this episode, follow along as we make sweet, sesame-filled tang yuan served in warm, sweet soup.

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Artist Spotlight: Poet Chen Chen

Artist Spotlight: Poet Chen Chen

This month we debuted a dance and poetry collaboration with our performance series Chinatown Presents. In these videos, poet Chen Chen, the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions), read his work, and shared how home, family, and coming out resonates in his writing.

Learn about his work and watch the powerful series: Chinatown Presents: Finding Home.

 

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Wen-hao Tien: Home on Our Backs

Laundry Rock, image transfer, botanical ink on paper

Wen-hao Tien, 2020

Wen-hao Tien: Home on Our Backs

January 28 – June 24, 2021 | Online

2020 Artist-In-Residence Wen-hao Tien presents of series of new work. Explore history and creative process with a series of talks and workshops throughout spring 2021.

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Four Seasons

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults | Four Seasons

1st Class: January 23, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Online | $15 per class | $35 per class including supplies

Learn to paint the four seasons, each distinguished by its own temperature, weather patterns, plants, and animals. Take a Saturday afternoon to relax, create, and meditate with Chinese brush strokes. Classes taught in Mandarin, English-friendly.

 

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Remembering Who We Are

Remembering Who We Are

On November 14, community members, curators, and attendees from across the United States joined together to listen, share, and connect and celebrate the closing of Homeward Bound: Closing Intimacies of Converging Chinatowns.

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Season's Greetings from BCNC families

Season’s Greetings from BCNC families!

This holiday season, BCNC Family Services and Pao Arts Center teamed up to bring holiday cheer to seniors in the Chinatown community. We hope to brighten your day with these cheerful colorful messages and drawings!

Don't Miss Our Virtual Exhibits

Love Letters to Boston Chinatown [Online Exhibit]

Enjoy love letters submitted by community members who share their love for Chinatown.

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Keep Arts Essential

We believe art is healing and vital to an individual and community’s well-being and health. You can provide arts to the Chinatown community during this time of need. This year, will you make a gift to sustain arts through this crisis?

Your gift will bring:

  • A music and dance performance series featuring Asian Pacific Islander artists
  • Lunar New Year Workshops for local families
  • Virtual cooking demonstrations featuring family recipes, and more

Pao Arts Center received a matching grant of $25,000 from National Endowment for the Arts. Your gift will uplift the health and well-being of the Asian community through arts and creativity.

Will you help us reach the match and make a gift to keep arts essential?

 

Make a gift today to keep arts essential

arts@bcnc.net      99 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02111      617-863-9080      Donate

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Chinatown Presents: Finding Home With Chen Chen, a Poetry and Dance Collaboration

Chinatown Presents: Finding Home With Chen Chen, a Poetry and Dance Collaboration

Monday, December 7 | Instagram and YouTube

In a video series of interviews and poetry readings, poet Chen Chen explores issues of home, identity, immigration, and coming out. Each poetry reading will be accompanied by interpretive choreography by Chavi Bansal, IJ Chan, and Flora Kim. Catch the release on our YouTube Channel.

Photo Credit: Olivia Huang

 

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Beginner Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Pandas

Beginner Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Pandas

Saturday, December 12, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Online | Class fee $15 without supplies, $35 with supplies

Pandas have been admired for adorably lumbering around and eating bamboo in the mountains of China. Take advantage of the opportunity to paint these lovable animals using Chinese watercolor techniques before the winter holiday season.

Note: Taught in Mandarin Chinese only. This is a beginner, relaxed-paced class taught via Zoom.

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In the Kitchen (At Home): Clay Pot Rice

In the Kitchen (At Home): Cantonese Clay Pot Rice

Instagram and YouTube

Valerie Li teaches classic Chinese recipes that remind her of home. This month, she teaches us how to do a popular Cantonese recipe—clay pot rice! Full recipe videos are on our YouTube Channel.

Get the free recipe here: Cantonese Clay Pot Rice

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Ongoing Virtual Exhibits

Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns [Online Exhibit]

Walk through our 3D exhibit and enjoy an audio tour from Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s podcast as part of the Homeward Bound virtual experience.

Love Letters to Boston Chinatown [Online Exhibit]

Enjoy love letters submitted by community members who share their love for Chinatown.

More Events

Keep Arts Essential

We believe art is healing and vital to an individual and community’s well-being and health. You can provide arts to the Chinatown community during this time of need. This year, will you make a gift to sustain arts through this crisis?

Your gift will bring:

  • A music and dance performance series featuring Asian Pacific Islander artists
  • Lunar New Year Workshops for local families
  • Virtual cooking demonstrations featuring family recipes, and more

Pao Arts Center received a matching grant of $25,000 from National Endowment for the Arts. Your gift will uplift the health and well-being of the Asian community through arts and creativity.

Will you help us reach the match and make a gift to keep arts essential?

 

Make a gift today to keep arts essential

arts@bcnc.net      99 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02111      617-863-9080      Donate

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November 2020

 

Even in a Pandemic, It's Time to Give Thanks

 

With the country and our region still in the grips of the pandemic, we still have a lot of work ahead of us. Since the Massachusetts eviction moratorium expired on October 17, we have shifted our focus to helping Chinese speakers apply for the state’s rental assistance program, which many Asian immigrants don’t know about, and is not well set up to receive intake from non-English speakers. We are also working to create more affordable housing in Chinatown and in the region, which this pandemic has demonstrated as a critical determinant of health outcomes.

 

This Giving Tuesday, will you help us ensure that we can continue to help Asian immigrant families maintain housing stability and access food and basic necessities?  Through a gift from Paul W. Lee, our board chair, and his wife Mary, there will be a $1-to-$1 match up to $10,000! Please click here to make a gift.

 

If you donate $1,000 or more, you can also take advantage of the Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC) program, which gives you 50% of your donation back as a tax credit. Please email angie.liou@asiancdc.org if you are interested.

 

What We Are Thankful For

 

As we surpass nine months in a global pandemic that has killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide and devastated the local, state, national and international economies, it’s fair to wonder exactly what we have to be thankful for.

 

But here at ACDC, it is those exact hardships that have reminded us how thankful we are. Thankful for the community we live in and serve. Thankful to the residents who have shown us their resiliency. And thankful for our donors like you for supporting our work during this unprecedented time.

 

Before the coronavirus exploded into a pandemic in March, residents and businesses of Boston’s Chinatown suffered from misinformation and xenophobia as lies about COVID-19 spread across the internet and the country. Asian Americans were threatened and harassed, and Asian-owned businesses lost customers. But our elected officials and civic leaders stood by our community, hosting several luncheons in Chinatown to stand in solidarity with the Asian community and support our mom-and-pop businesses. For them, we are thankful.

 

When Massachusetts shut down in March, we knew our community’s housing and job stability would be jeopardized. We helped launch and run the Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund – see Boston Globe's recent coverage here. Through the generosity of hundreds of donors, we raised more than $350,000 to help and support struggling families in our community. For them, we are thankful.

 

When America could no longer ignore centuries-old racial injustice this summer, we expressed our support and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and asked ourselves what else we could do. As a community of immigrants, we know the hurt and frustration caused by prejudice, but we also want to confront anti-Blackness and racism within our own community. We found new supporters and new friends who share our commitment to anti-racism and social justice. For them, we are thankful.

 

This year the country also conducted the 2020 Census under extraordinary circumstances. Despite legal challenges and the pandemic, our staff worked with Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. and Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition and recruited dedicated volunteers to conduct census outreach. Through phone calls and social media, they reached out to more than 10,000 households in Quincy, Malden and Boston to complete the census to ensure our community is counted and will receive appropriate funding for schools, healthcare, transportation and more. For them, we are thankful.

 

We recognize that 2020 is not a year on which many will look back fondly. But the challenges and struggles will serve as a reminder that we stand by one another when a crisis occurs. That’s the true meaning of a friend. That’s the definition of a community. That’s what we are all a part of. And for all of you, we are thankful.

 

 

You're invited to BCNC's Light the Way Open House and Virtual Event


During these unprecedented times, immigrant families are facing tremendous challenges. As we seek to bring hope and healing to families in 2020, we invite you to the Light the Way event to find

Pao Arts Center logo

Keep Arts Essential

Pao Arts Center Leadership Council  •  Nancy Wang Adams, co-chair  •  Terri Mock, co-chair  •  Joanne Cheng  •  Vincent Hohn  •  Eleanor Pao  •  Laura Sen  •  Elaine Shiang  •  Cecilia Sze

November 2020

Dear Chutze,

I want to wish you good health and safety during these uncertain times. Since March, Pao Arts Center reformatted our programs to meet our communities’ needs as we respond to the current environment of the pandemic, racial reckoning, and uncertainty.

We remain committed to our mission to celebrate and strengthen the Asian Pacific Islander community of Chinatown and Greater Boston through access to culturally relevant art, education, and creative programs.

Did you know that as early as January 2020, Chinatown was hit hard by anti-Asian rhetoric and loss of business—even before the shutdowns? Although some businesses have reopened, the neighborhood is still slow to recover. In response, we changed the format of our annual arts festival, Experience Chinatown, to revitalize the community and support local businesses. We expanded the festival from a one-day event to a month of activities that included art installations, a community art project, and outdoor musical performances to uplift the neighborhood.

Experience Chinatown 2020

Photo credit: Katie Medrano-Escobar, The Loop Lab

The festival was a great success, but will you help us do more? We believe art is healing and vital to an individual and community’s well-being and health. You can provide arts to the Chinatown community during this time of need. This year, will you make a gift to sustain arts through this crisis?

Your gift will bring:

  • A music and dance performance series featuring Asian Pacific Islander artists
  • Online visual art exhibitions with accompanying public programs
  • Virtual cultural classes, such as meditative brush painting
  • Lunar New Year Workshops for local families
  • Virtual cooking demonstrations featuring family recipes

Pao Arts Center received a matching grant of $25,000 from National Endowment for the Arts. Your gift will uplift the health and well-being of the Asian community through arts and creativity.

Will you help us reach the match and make a gift to keep arts essential?

As we look back at 2020, we have been faced with many difficulties and challenges, but I am thankful for supporters like you who make it possible to keep arts and culture essential. We are thankful that we can count on you.

With appreciation,

Cynthia Woo

Director

P.S. By December 31st, please help us reach our goal of $25,000 by making a gift online at paoartscenter.org/donate.