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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.

Register Here

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.

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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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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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 out how you can support. This year, your donation is more important ever. Thanks to generous sponors, your donation in 2020 will be matched. Will you help light the way for an immigrant family?

Thank you,

Ben Hires, CEO

VIRTUAL EVENT
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Register at
bcnc.net/events for the Zoom link.

Meet our participants as they share their stories of resiliency. Hear new CEO Ben Hires share BCNC’s vision for the community. Learn ways to support immigrant families.

Thanks to generous sponsors, your donation will be matched!

Contact: Jean Quintal, 617-603-2540.



Experience Chinatown Arts Festival 2020 Final Days

Over 500 people have already experienced Chinatown since September 5th. Don’t miss this final weekend!

TODAY, Thursday, September 24:

 

Take Out Thursday

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

Live music by Trio Gaia at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway.

 

Performance Under Lantern Stories

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join cellist Sam Ou and calligrapher Mike Mei under the glow of artist Yu-Wen Wu’s light-based installation Lantern Stories at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway.

In collaboration with The Greenway Conservancy.

 

29 Oak Street Projections

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Text, still and moving images, and artwork by local artists projected on the brick rowhouse wall of 29 Oak Street.

Organized by Chinatown Land Trust.

 

Family-Friendly Saturday

Saturday, September 26, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Music at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway with support from Greenway Conservancy.

11:00 am: Violin Viiv

12:00 noon: Marko De Peralta

1:00 pm: Aznjujube featuring Jeff La

Performances will follow Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidelines. Please remember to wear your masks and stay physically distant. Hand sanitizer stations will be available, and if crowds begin to form performances may be temporarily paused.

Have you eaten yet (Photo Credit: Taijai Slaughter)

Installations Across Chinatown

Create your own self-paced tour with our map of sites.

Don’t miss public art by Residence Lab Artists:

At 35 Kneeland St, Maria Fong, Sylvia Chen, and Po Chun Chow advocate for safer streets in Chinatown.

At 8 Hudson St, explore a mural celebrating Chinatown’s culture and character by Krina Patel, Angela Soo Hoo, and Dianyvet Serrano. Follow the project on Instagram #haveyoueatenyet.

Residence Lab is created in partnership with Asian Community Development Corporation and Pao Arts Center.

Beginner Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Goldfish

October 10 and October 17, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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

Join us for a relaxed paced, beginner brush painting class featuring happy goldfish! Taught in Mandarin only.

Save the Date

Chinatown Presents: A New Play Reading with Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston

Friday, October 23, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston and Pao Arts Center join forces to present a new work crafted by Quentin Nguyen-Duy and Serenity S’rae, written and designed specifically for the virtual format.

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

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

 




HEART OF THE COMMUNITY DIM SUM BREAKFAST

Our annual Heart of the Community Dim Sum Breakfast will be held virtually on Friday, September 18th at 9:30am. Although we would have preferred to enjoy Dim Sum with the hundreds of guests that usually attend our Breakfast, we are prioritizing the public health of our guests and community.
We are a resilient community. We have seen COVID-19's impact on housing and financial security, health, education, and racial equity. Yet, we have seen generosity, advocacy, selflessness, and leadership.
In Chinatown, a neighborhood that is densely packed with low-income immigrant families, there is a critical need for additional resources to help achieve housing and financial security. Proceeds from this fundraiser fuel initiatives like our A-VOYCE youth leadership program, bilingual first-time homebuyer workshops and financial counseling, civic engagement and placekeeping projects.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


Mistress of Ceremonies  Janet Wu  Anchor & Reporter,  WCVB - TV
Mistress of Ceremonies
Janet Wu
Anchor & Reporter, WCVB - TV

Neil Chin Community Service Award Honoree  Liz Cheng  General Manager of TV,  GBH  and  WORLD Channel
Neil Chin Community Service Award Honoree
Liz Cheng
General Manager of TV, GBH and WORLD Channel

Keynote Speaker  Nina Liang   Quincy City Council President
Keynote Speaker
Nina Liang
Quincy City Council President

REGISTRATION


Register online today! See full list of sponsorship benefits on the sponsor form above.
Celebrate 33 Years of Community Building Friday, September 18, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am Virtual Event Our annual Heart of the Community Dim Sum Breakfast has been postponed to Friday, September 18th from 9:30am - 10:00am via Zoom. Although we would have loved to enjoy Dim Sum with the hundreds of our guests that usually attend our Breakfast, we are prioritizing the public health of our guests and community. In Chinatown, a neighborhood that is densely packed with low-income immigrant families, there is a critical need for additional resources to help accomplish housing and financial security. Proceeds help fuel our mission to:
develop affordable homes and community facilities provide multilingual housing counseling and financial literacy programs to help immigrant families in their pursuit of financial stability foster resident and youth leadership to reclaim and transform neighborhood spaces • advocate for our community.

Since successfully opening in 2017 as Chinatown’s first cultural and arts center, Pao Arts Center has welcomed over 23,000 visitors, engaged 295 artists, and hosted 475 events and exhibits. Today, we are excited to launch our new brand and website, a space to create, experience, and share with one another.
Since its founding, Pao Arts Center, the product of a visionary partnership between Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) and Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), has always been built on the idea of innovation, connection, and support for the well-being of the Chinatown community in Boston and beyond. As we considered how arts and creativity will take place in the future, it was imperative that we create a new online space to support these activities. 
Our new brand and logo integrate and celebrate Asian and Asian American cultures and traditions. The logo is a contemporary play on the Chinese character "Pao" which is also reminiscent of the letter “P”. The circular “P” design serves as a visual representation of a hub, a meeting place, and a connection point for artists and community members. The boldly updated color palette is a vibrant expression of our mission to celebrate and strengthen the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community of Chinatown and Greater Boston through accessible and culturally relevant art, education, and creative programs. 
I encourage you to visit our website to learn about our work and how you can experience events, exhibits, and classes and support arts and creativity.  
Join our email list or follow us on Facebook or Instagram @paoartscenter for the most updated information on news, events, and creative opportunities. 
Thank you to all our visitors, attendees, artists, donors, sponsors, and partners, this is for you! Welcome to our new Pao Arts Center community, a creative hub fueled by community and focused on empowerment. 
Cynthia Woo
Director, Pao Arts Center
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Experience Chinatown
Throughout September on Thursdays and Saturdays, enjoy unique events and pop-up happenings, and art installations, allowing for social distancing and leisurely enjoyment. This weekend, September 5 - 7, watch storefronts come alive as artist add their creative flair. Learn more
Residence Lab
Residence Lab - Space Activation
4 residents + 2 artists worked to transform some of the most notoriously underutilized and unwelcoming corners of Chinatown into beloved, resident-centered spaces at 35 Kneeland Street and 8 Hudson Street. Visit the installations from September 5 - October 4. This program is created in partnership with Asian Community Development Corporation. Learn more.
We Love Boston Chinatown
We Love Boston Chinatown Walk/Run
Join us for this free viritual 5k or 1 mile walk/run on September 12-13. A suggested route with a map of art installations will be provided. This event is part of the “We Love Boston Chinatown” resiliency campaign, a partnership with artists, community organizations, and businesses. Learn more and register.
SEP 5 AT 5 PM – SEP 19 AT 5 PM CDT

Residence Lab - Space Activation

8 Hudson Street & 35 Kneeland Street - Boston, MA 02111
Sep 5 at 5 PM – Sep 19 at 5 PM CDT
8 Hudson Street & 35 Kneeland Street - Boston, MA 02111
Tickets
bcnc.net/events/residence-lab-2020

4 Chinatown residents + 2 artists + 2 neighborhood spaces = Residence Lab!
Through a series of Zoom workshops and co-creation sessions, the Residence Lab 2020 cohort worked to transform some of the most notoriously underutilized and unwelcoming corners of Chinatown into beloved, resident-centered spaces.
Come discover the creative results of bringing artists and residents together to shape a rapidly changing Chinatown.
At 35 Kneeland St: Visit window art made by artist Maria Fong and residents Sylvia Chen and Po Chun Chow, advocating for safer streets in Chinatown and a reimagining of transportation and traffic in the neighborhood.
At 8 Hudson St: Explore a mural celebrating Chinatown’s culture and character by artist Krina Patel and residents Angela Soo Hoo and Dianyvet Serrano. Also, take a self-guided walking tour through the eyes of Krina, Angela, and Dianyvet, visiting their favorite neighborhood spots.
This program is created in partnership with the Asian Community Development Corporation and Pao Arts Center. Residence Lab is generously funded by the Barr Foundation and ArtPlace America and supported by Tufts Medical Center.
To learn more about Residence Lab, visit: https://bcnc.net/residence-lab-2020
Contact: anju.madhok@bcnc.net 


Experience Art At Home
Show Us Your Love! Submit Your Love Letters to Chinatown
We are collecting love letters: poems, stories, illustrations, paintings, etc. inspired and dedicated to Boston Chinatown to help uplift our neighborhood. We will be translating these letters and posting them up around the neighborhood and on our website later this year.
Quarantine Cooking with Valerie Li
Turn on the stove and whip up some delicious pantry fried rice with writer and home cook, Valerie Li.
Missed the latest video? Join our Facebook Page and Instagram Page (@paoartscenter) and be the first to view our next cooking video--crispy and savory scallion pancakes!

Save the Date: Experience Chinatown, September 2020
Discover a new take on Asian American cultures during our third annual Experience Chinatown event over the entire month of September
AATAB Online: A Language of Their Own by Chay Yew
Wednesday | August 5, 2020 | 7:00 pm
A Language of Their Own is a lyrical and dramatic meditation on the nature of desire and sexuality as four men—three Asian and one white—come together and drift apart in a series of interconnection stories. Supported by Pao Arts Center and Company One Theatre.



ABOUT THE PROGRA

Chinatown communities across North America — from New York to Boston to Toronto to San Francisco's Chinatowns — come together to address urgent concerns in our various communities at this time, coming together for unity, solidarity, and community care.

We will be hosting a discussion with different Chinatown organizers exploring the following questions: What is on the minds and hearts of our Chinatown community at this moment? How are we confronting/strategizing to address any challenges or issues that are emerging? How are we showing care to one another/building resilience? What does intergenerational solidarity in our community look like? The conversation will be moderated by Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center curator Adriel Luis.

NOTE: We will be prioritizing BIPOC participation in these workshops and encourage you to RSVP via the corresponding eventbrite link for more info. No one will be turned away for lack of funds! Email us at wowproject@wingonwoand.co with any questions.

*We are asking for a sliding scale donation of $10-$25 to attend our anni programs with proceeds going towards our 4-year anni fundraiser in support of the W.O.W. Project’s 2020-2021 programming, an initiative that supports Chinatown’s resiliency in the wake of COVID-19 (soon to be announced!) and Communities United for Police Reform (CPR).

ABOUT THE WOW 4 YEAR ANNI PROGRAMMING & FUNDRAISER

W.O.W. Project is thrilled to be curating month-long programming centering community care and resiliency in a time that we need it the most. Through these programs, we open up space to explore what healing, resiliency, and grounding can look like as we experience and emerge from this moment of grief, rage, and most importantly, hope. Join us in celebrating the building of this cultural movement here in Chinatown, our neighborhood’s resiliency and the movement for black lives. We believe care and healing, especially in community, are key to a pathway to our collective liberation.

In honor of W.O.W.’s 4 year anniversary, we will be fundraising a total of $50,000 not only for W.O.W. Project’s 5th year programming but we will also be donating 50% (25% to each org) of our funds raised to an initiative that supports NYC Chinatown’s resiliency in the wake of COVID-19 (soon to be announced!) and Communities United for Police Reform, an NYC campaign fighting for community safety and police accountability.


Tell your friends about AACA's Free Citizenship classes!
Tell your community about this great opportunity!
For the first time ever, AACA is officially providing remote Citizenship classes to both men and women!

We rely on word of mouth referrals for much of our business. If you enjoyed your experience with us, please tell your friends by sharing this email on your social networks or forwarding to their email address.

We appreciate your support!

2020 Chinatown Master Plan, Census, Emergency Paid Sick Time, Justice for Renters!



Visioning a People's Recovery

“Our job as organizers is to bring out and grow everyone’s sense of justice.”
– Karen Chen, Executive Director

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our fight for affordable housing, workers’ rights, and ensuring our communities count in the Census is more important than ever. While COVID-19 has brought the dual pandemics of the virus and of racism, we know that the issues our community is experiencing are nothing new. We stand with other working-class communities & communities of color in building a more just world where ordinary community members have the power to make the decisions that affect our lives.

In our newsletter series this summer, we invite you to consider with us:
What does a People’s Recovery look like?


Chinatown Master Plan


This month, we celebrated the launch of the 2020 Boston Chinatown Master Plan.
Every ten years since 1990, the Chinatown community has come together to develop and publish our own vision and priorities for community development, to serve as an education, advocacy, and organizing tool for the community and as a guide to policy makers and developers.


TODAY, June 17th: Census Day of Action


Photo: Axie Breen

The Census determines resources & electoral representation for our communities. In order for all communities to get the resources we are entitled to, we must make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census!

MassCounts has made 90,888 calls to residents of low-response census tracts since March to get out the count in the 2020 Census. We want to hit 100,000 calls for the national day of action TODAY, June 17. Will you help us make 10,000 calls for Census Day of Action? RSVP today!

We’re making calls on Wednesday from 12:00-2:00 and from 5:00-7:00. We’ll provide a short training at the beginning, log-in information, and lists for phone banking. You'll need a computer and phone to participate, and we'll send them information on how to join when you RSVP



Take Action: H.1260 Tenant Right to Purchase

Please contact your legislators to support a bill that would help keep tenants in their homes by giving them the first chance to purchase or partner with a nonprofit if their landlord decides to sell the building.

The Tenant Right of First Refusal or TOPA bill, H.1260, is currently in the House Ways and Means Committee after being reported favorably by the Housing Committee.

Please contact your state rep and ask that they advance H. 1260!

Sample email or phone message:

I hope that you can urge the House Ways and Means Committee to advance H. 1260, A Tenant Right of First Refusal, to allow cities and towns to use this new tool to keep tenants in their homes and preserve permanently affordable housing. This bill is more important than ever now with the economic downturn, because we don’t want to repeat the mistakes of 2008, when so many families were displaced and homes were swept up by big corporate investors.


Take Action: Emergency Paid Sick Time

This bill calls for 10 days of paid sick leave for every worker with COVID-19 or caring for someone with COVID for the duration of Massachusetts' State of Emergency.

Click the banner below to send an email to your local legislators for 10 days of Emergency Paid Sick Time! 



APIA Vote 2020 Presidential Town Hall

CPA is excited to be a community partner for the 2020 APIA Vote Presidential Town Hall. The event will feature the Biden and Trump campaigns and will center around how these candidates will address important issues such as healthcare, education, the economy, and gun control, to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community.

Since 2008, the Presidential Town Hall has served as a forum for AAPIs to push for AAPI issues to be addressed and on the radar of campaigns and the media. In giving presidential candidates a space to directly address AAPI community members, leaders, and organizers, the town hall has become one of the few spaces geared specifically for candidates to speak directly to AAPIs, about AAPIs.

The event will be part of a larger summit, with four days' worth of programming before the town hall beginning on June 22nd and another five days of programming after. The summit will feature multiple interest tracks for participants. 


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Chinese Progressive Association


Pao Arts Center is proud to present Chinatown Presents: Finding Home, a virtual event featuring a reading by Sham-e-Ali Nayeem. Join us on Pao Arts Center's Facebook for the livestream or Zoom stream. Please register on Eventbrite here-
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinatown-presents-finding-home-at-home-tickets-105987334972

What happens when we lose our anchor? In her debut book City of Pearls, Sham-e-Ali Nayee writes poetry to offer a meditation on healing from grief. Weaving together memories of her late father and ancestral home of Hyderabad, Nayeem explores the landscapes of loss. Nayeem, an Indian Muslim American, draws from the languages of her life to express vulnerability and tenderness in her poetry: Hyderabad—the City of Pearls—become a metaphor for resilience and growth to transform the grit of migration, displacement and loss.

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Author of the poetry collection, City of Pearls (UpSet Press 2019), Sham-e-Ali Nayeem is a Muslim Indian American poet and artist of Hyderabadi descent. A former public interest lawyer supporting economic justice for survivors of family and intimate partner violence, Sham-e-Ali is recipient of the Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship.

Bao Phi is a spoken word artist, poet, author, children's book writer, arts administrator, and father.

Chinatown Presents is funded is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Chinatown Presents is sponsored by Eleanor & Frank Pao .

Contact: ashley.yung@bcnc.net


In this email:
·    Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund
·    Statement from APIsCAN
·    Update on CPA’s service work
·    Information and resources
·    [Action item] Right to the City: Call for rent moratorium
·    [Action item] Demands from the COVID-19 Equity Task Force
·    CYI Summer Internship Application
·    Support our work!


Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund

While countless communities are severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American community in Greater Boston is being hit harder than most. Many are immigrants who work in food, hospitality, home care and child care sectors that have been closed. Consequently, these workers have lost their incomes. Because of language barriers and immigration status, not everyone can access public benefits like unemployment and the new stimulus dollars. These families are in jeopardy of not having enough money to buy basic necessities and pay for housing. To top it off, our community is also facing rising anti-Asian sentiments. 

The Chinese Progressive Association, along with other anchor organizations of APIsCAN! (Asian Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network) Asian Community Development Corporation, Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Asian American Resource Workshop, and Asian Outreach Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services, is launching the Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund for our community. The fund will provide immediate and direct financial support to people in our communities who have lost work and are having trouble meeting their basic needs, and may not be eligible for other public benefits.

All donations through CPA of $750 or above will be matched.



Statement from APIsCAN!


The unprecedented COVID-19 public health crisis has devastated Massachusetts’ Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) and immigrant communities, the fastest growing population in Massachusetts. We are a community of small businesses and service industry jobs, with an economic foundation in restaurants and nail salons across the state, as well as home health aides and hotel workers. The COVID-19 public health crisis and incitement of xenophobia has doubly impacted our community. 

APIsCAN!, a network of organizations in Massachusetts that advances equity and opposes discrimination through year-round civic action in APIA communities, urges stakeholders, policy makers and leaders to take immediate comprehensive action. 

Our organizations are on the front lines advocating for language access, data equity, and the preservation and expansion of affordable housing, economic opportunities, immigrant rights, and education justice. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have pivoted our work to meet the needs of our most vulnerable community members. 

Massachusetts’ APIA community is 68% foreign born, of which 15% is undocumented, and 80% of whom speak a language other than English at home. Approximately 32% are US-born and 34% are naturalized US citizens. The 2010-2014 per capita for Asian Americans was $35,351 and disaggregated at $18,632 for Cambodians, $35,467 for Chinese, $23,170 for Vietnamese and $50,837 for Indians. 

Loss of income, language barriers, immigration fears, uncertainty about the future of businesses and employment—all augmented by the national rise in anti-Asian hate incidents—has meant that APIAs are among those most deeply impacted during this pandemic. 

During this challenging time, APIsCAN and our allies urge the following: 

·    Publicly oppose xenophobia, like usage of the term “Chinese virus,” and hate incidents against APIAs. 
·    Pass a moratorium on evictions, rent, and mortgage payments for all residents and small businesses.
·    Create federal emergency funding to stabilize subsidized affordable housing and public housing.
·    Halt Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, detentions, and deportations.
·    Prioritize low-wage workers, undocumented people, and small businesses for any bailout, emergency funds, and resources. 
·    Expand support for small businesses, including tax subsidies, grants, and no interest loans. 
·    Ensure all residents, regardless of immigration status, have access to full and high-quality preventative and curative healthcare, including testing and treatment for COVID-19.
·    Expand earned sick leave law to increase eligibility, types of workers covered and reason (social distancing, caring for a loved one, and quarantine). 
·    Pass a moratorium on termination of public benefits such as SNAP, Mass Health and disability benefits. 
·    Expand language access to expedite applications for public benefits and unemployment insurance. 
·    Identify safe and dignified quarantine sites for those who are experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, living in safe houses or other congregate living situations.
·    Increase language-accessible communication and resources from schools to parents and more equitable online resources for students.


Update on CPA's Service Work

CPA continues to be open for service via phone Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-12pm. Please note: our temporary service number is 617-433-8522.

In the past two weeks, we have noticed a tremendous increase in the number of unemployment insurance (UI) claims due to COVID-19. While there are more claims than ever, many people face language and other barriers when trying to apply for these benefits. CPA has been working closely with Greater Boston Legal Services to help Chinese-speakers apply for UI and troubleshoot issues that arise. We are also in contact with many workers who have been told that they must continue to work despite unsafe working conditions and a lack of personal protective equipment. We have also received many calls from renters worried about the possibility of eviction. We continue to translate and disseminate news & updates in Chinese through WeChat (ID: cpaboston).


Information & Resources

COVID-19 stimulus checks
·    Individuals who made less than $75,000 in 2018, or couples making less than $150,000 will receive a direct check of $1,200. An additional $500 will be given for each dependent child. 
·    Citizens, green card holders, and those who file their taxes with a social security number will be eligible. 
·    Those who receive Social Security benefits or who do not have to file taxes due to income are eligible. We are awaiting further guidance on if those in this situation will have to file taxes or if a simpler form will be available. 
·    Those who file taxes using an ITIN are not eligible. If you or someone you know in this situation is struggling to make ends meet, please call or email us at justice@cpaboston.org for information about the Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund.
·    Supplemental funds for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits will be available for this COVID period. These will increase benefits by up to $600 per week, and covers "gig workers" like rideshare drivers and other independent contractors who normally cannot collect UI. The application will be the same as for other UI benefits, but as the system has not been set up yet, we do not recommend that you apply yet. 
·    It will take most people about three weeks to receive checks.

Eviction moratorium & court closures
·    Except for emergency matters, all courts in MA are closed until at least 4/6. 
·    All eviction court dates are rescheduled until on or after 4/21. Housing Court will remain open for emergencies only. (more information)

Tax extension
·    The deadline to file and pay federal and state taxes has been extended to 7/15.

Employment/unemployment insurance
·    Workers who have their hours reduced or eliminated or who cannot work for reasons related to COVID-19 may be eligible for benefits.


Action alerts!


Protect Renters AND Homeowners!

For 2.5 weeks now, we've been waiting for the State House to finally pass HD.4935, a full moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. But yesterday, instead of passing that bill, the MA Senate put forward a new, much weaker moratorium called S.2621.

Here's why the Senate's bill is weak (and why we need to fight hard for the true moratorium):
1.  It permits no-fault evictions
2. It fails to explicitly ban eviction filings
3.  It fails to ban Notices to Quit, which will cause folks to move out
4. It fails to stop landlords from carrying out already executed evictions
5.  It could expire before the State of Emergency ends

Contact these legislators to demand that they protect BOTH renters AND homeowners from eviction and housing debt right now!

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU CALL:
"Hello, my name is ___________ and I'm a resident of Massachusetts. I'm asking you to support a full moratorium on evictions as well as relief for both renters and homeowners during the COVID-19 crisis. Pass the immediate ban on evictions in bill HD.4935. We need the strong moratorium on evictions in this bill. Thank you."

REPORT THAT YOU CALLED by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/vxftG4TQYjLJVxKq5


Email and call Senator Spilka at (617) 722-1500, Karen.spilka@masenate.gov

Email and call Representative DeLeo at 617-722-2500, robert.deleo@mahouse.gov

Email and call Governor Baker at (617) 725-4005 


Demands from the COVID-19 Equity Task Force!

CPA is a part of the COVID-19 Emergency Task Force, convened by the Massachusetts Public Health Association. We, along with 80+ other community organizations is calling on Governor Baker, Attorney General Healey, and the Legislature to:
·    Ensure Immigrants Have Safe Access to Testing & Treatment
·    Ensure Everyone Has Access to Safe Quarantine
·    Pass Emergency Paid Sick Time
·    Enact a Moratorium on Evictions, Foreclosures, & Termination of Public Benefits

Email and call Governor Baker at (617) 725-4005 

Email and call Attorney General Healey at ago@state.ma.us and (617) 727-2200



Chinese Youth Initiative Applications due 4/8


Applications for CYI are due April 8th! The Chinese Youth Initiative brings Chinese youth from Greater Boston together to learn about our communities and fight for social change. Join us today! Youth who have a strong investment in their community, who are bilingual in Chinese, and come from immigrant families are strongly encouraged to apply.

More details and the online application are available here. Please email mark@cpaboston.org with any questions. 


Support CPA by Donating or Getting Involved!
Click below to donate to the Asian Community Emergency Fund.

ALL INDIVIDUAL UNRESTRICTED DONATIONS OF $750 OR MORE WILL BE MATCHED BY A GENEROUS FOUNDATION!


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Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund














$67,675.21
Raised
Donations
$75,000
Goal
THE NEED 
While countless communities are severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American community in Greater Boston is being hit harder than most. Many are immigrants who work in food, hospitality, home care and child care sectors that have been closed. Consequently, these workers have lost their incomes. Because of language barriers and immigration status, not everyone can access public benefits like unemployment and the new stimulus dollars.  These families are in jeopardy of not having enough money to buy basic necessities and pay for housing. To top it off, our community is also facing rising anti-Asian sentiments.  

WHAT WE ARE DOING
Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), in partnership with Chinese Progressive AssociationVietnamese American Initiative for DevelopmentAsian American Resource Workshop, and Greater Boston Legal Services’ Asian Outreach Unit is launching the Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund for our community. The fund will provide immediate and direct financial support to people in our community who have lost work and are having trouble meeting their basic needs, and may not be eligible for other public benefits.  

HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can contribute now to the fund. Your donations will go directly to help families and workers who are impacted by the pandemic and help them pay for food, medical and other basic expenses during this crisis, and will be tax-deductible. The more money we raise, the more families we can help.

This fund has been seeded with a $10,000 initial contribution from the Asian Community Fund at The Boston Foundation through the efforts of Paul Lee and Helen Chin Schlichte.
We will stand together as a community to get through these trying times. I hope you will join us.  

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.

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