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January 2024 Newsletter

Dear Friends of ACDC,

I hope you had a peaceful and restorative holiday season. I am excited about what’s to come in 2024 - further progress on several new affordable housing developments in Chinatown and Malden, more resident leadership programming, community events at the Hudson Street Stoop, and another year of mobilizing young people to lead and engage in community planning efforts, among other events and programs planned for this year.

We look forward to another year of investing in people and the communities we call home.


Angie Liou

Executive Director

🎉 Join us for our Annual Meeting!

🎊 Join ACDC for our 2024 Annual Meeting! Celebrate the Lunar New Year by hearing from youth, residents, and our staff about what we’ve been up to in the last year! A light dinner will be provided. This is a free event, but RSVPs are required.

✍️ RSVP: bit.ly/ACDCAM

⏰ Date: 6:00-7:30pm, Wednesday, February 21st, 2024

📍Location: Bill Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116

Please contact reina.matsumoto[at]asiancdc.org if you have any questions. 

Register for the Annual Meeting

🎁 ICYMI: Thank YouToy Drive Donors🧸

🤝 Thanks to the generous support of our partners, other organizations and community members, we were able to provide 139 children with toys for the holiday season!

⭐️ We are grateful for all of our supporters, including (but not limited to!):

The Comprehensive Care Department at Tufts Dental School, BioMed Realty, Tufts Community Relations, ASC A+, Benevolent Asian Jade Society of New England, Boston Hurricanes, CHIC Consulting, United Volleyball Club of Boston U15 National Team, Councilor Ed Flynn, and ACDC staff/board members and individuals including Mia C, Dana R., Katrina F., Kaitlyn W., Emily L., Heang R., Mira W., J.G., Emily S., Alice T., Agatha T., MyDzung C., Ponnapa P., Denise C.W., Ted W., Connie W., Wendy C., Alan & Karin C., Jeff & Marilyn C., the Soo Hoo family, the Sujo family, Jaclyn S., Helen W., Diane C., Chiemi K., Yvonne P., Zenub K., and Annie & Carl N.

See photos from the Toy Drive

📣 We’re hiring! 📣

🗣️ Interested in supporting ACDC’s affordable housing work and preserving sustainable, healthy neighborhoods? Apply to be ACDC’s Director of Real Estate! 

🌆 The Director of Real Estate will play a key role in the organization’s housing development work. The Director will establish a pipeline of projects and oversee the execution and implementation of affordable housing development, with a focus on ACDC’s primary geographies of Boston’s Chinatown, Malden, and Quincy. The Director will supervise 1-2 Real Estate Project Managers and various consultants.

Read the Full Job Posting

👥 Affordable Homes Act Hearing 🏠

📣 Last week, the Joint Committee on Housing listened to testimonies on H.4138, The Affordable Homes Act. Angie, ACDC's executive director, joined other community leaders and elected officials in testifying to support the bill.

🏠 The Affordable Homes Bill is the largest housing investment in MA history, totaling over $4 billion towards housing spending, policy, and programmatic actions. Many individuals and families are struggling to afford rent or delaying their dreams of owning a home due to exponentially increasing housing costs, and drastic action is needed now.

🗣 Angie highlighted the impact of the CITC program and transfer fees in her testimony. An excerpt:

"Community Investment Tax Credit or CITC...has enabled us to raise flexible funds for community-driven public art and placekeeping projects, resident leadership trainings, civic engagement, and youth development programs. CITC has enabled our resident and youth programs to expand, and we have a great track record of youth returning to continue as interns and even staff, and residents becoming vocal community advocates."

Learn more about the Affordable Homes Act

🎬 Film Screening with ArtsEmerson 🍿

Join ArtsEmerson for the Projecting Connections screening of Freckled Rice, preceded by Our Chinatown on February 18th at 3:30pm.


A son of Boston’s Chinatown, Paul W. Lee, returns to help build affordable housing. Our Chinatown is a collection of short vignettes that highlight the activists who are keeping Chinatown alive.


This digitally remastered classic tells the coming of age story of 13-year-old coming to terms with his Chinese American heritage in Boston during the 1960s.

Date and time: February 18th at 3:30PM. Q&A with filmmakers follows screening.

Location: Bright Family Screening Room, Paramount Center

Tickets: ArtsEmerson.org (after Jan. 26)

Co-presented by Pao Arts Center, ACDC and BAAFF.

Get Tickets (after Jan. 26)

✨ Donate to ACDC & Get a 50% Tax Rebate ✨

ACDC still has CITC credits! If you missed the Dec 31 deadline, you can make a CITC donation for the 2024 tax year. Get a 50% tax rebate on any donation of $1,000 or more!

Email citc[at]asiancdc.org if you have questions.

Learn More & Donate Today

🎥 Check out ACDC's HSS Reels! 🐉

Videos by Harrison Tran

Did you miss the Hudson Street Stoop (HSS) Opening Celebration in 2023?

Check out our four-part video series highlighting HSS: Dancing Dragon artists Katherine Chin and Parke MacDowell.

The series also includes reflections from two HSS Committee members, Ada and Angela, and reactions from other community members.

Kudos to our Media Intern Harrison Tran for capturing these bright moments for us to share with you!

Follow ACDC on Instagram @asiancdc to stay updated on future HSS events.

Watch the videos here

🏡 Rental Assistance Reminder 📣

ACDC is still helping community members with RAFT applications. Starting this year, the new contacts for the bilingual RAFT hotline will be Julia Zhu, ACDC's Building Blocks Manager, and Alice Huang, ACDC's Housing Counselor. Both Julia and Alice are fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.

If you or someone you know needs rental or mortgage payment assistance, please contact our staff:

Julia's Contact Info



Alice's Contact Info



Learn More About RAFT
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August 2023 Newsletter

Dear Friends of ACDC,

With summer winding down, we are grateful for the connections and memories shared with you at the community events and in our programs this season, and look forward to what's on the horizon for late summer and fall.

If you're looking for ways to support the Hawaiian communities impacted by the devastating wildfires in Maui, below is more information on how you can help.

In a recent, major legislative win, Massachusetts passed the Data Equity Bill. The bill mandates more comprehensive data collection within AAPI, Black, and Latine populations to better understand the nuanced experiences and needs within subgroups of these communities. ACDC is also collaborating with other MACDC member organizations to sustain crucial public funding for programs benefitting working-class first-time homebuyers. Read the article below to learn more about what's at stake.

Lastly, our youth have been hard at work organizing ACDC's annual Films at the Gate Festival! Come check out the festival starting Friday, August 25.

We hope to see you at our final summer events to close out the season.


Angie Liou

Executive Director

⛑ Support Relief Efforts in Maui ⛑

Starting on August 8, the most deadly wildfire in the US in the last 100 years caused the destruction of homes, businesses, and land across more than 2,500 acres in Maui, including historic towns like Lahaina.

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) started a relief fund and has raised $1.8M since last week. Funding supports evolving needs, including shelter, food, financial assistance, and other services as identified by CNHA's partners doing critical work on Maui.

Learn More & Donate Here

Please share with your friends, family and networks.

🎬 Films at the Gate 🍿

August 25 - 27

By Lee-Daniel Tran

Photo by Lee-Daniel Tran

Films at the Gate Festival is back for the 17th year! This event is organized by local high school youth and ACDC's A-VOYCE alumni. Films at the Gate has always been free for the community to enjoy live martial arts, musical and dance performances, and classic kung fu and contemporary films featuring Asian and Asian American artists and stories.

Friday, August 25 - Sunday, August 27

5:30 - 9:30 PM

Chin Park at the Greenway - by the Chinatown Gate

Check Out This Year's Movies

🏡 Real Estate Updates 🏗

Rendering by Stantec

New Affordable Housing Proposal for Chinatown

Join ACDC and The Community Builders at an upcoming virtual Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) meeting regarding Parcel P-12C, located at 290 Tremont Street in Chinatown. We will present an all-affordable development proposal, which will include public open space.

Monday, August 21

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Virtual Meeting on Zoom - Registration Required

Register Here

🧺 Summer Picnic Recap 🍦

Photos by The Chinatown Project

In July, ACDC hosted a Summer Picnic for the community to beat the heat together! Thank you to Tufts University for providing space at the Tufts Community Common.

The program featured lively performances by Violin Viiv and the Kwong Kow Chinese School K-pop Dance Crew and was led by our wonderful bilingual emcee, Alison Qu. 

Thank you to all of the participating organizations: CHIC Consulting, Chinatown HOPE, Friends of the Chinatown Library, Chinatown Community Land Trust, The Greenway, ADAPT, The City of Boston, BPD, and Siena Farms for sharing resources with Chinatown residents and community members.

We were joined by special guests Boston City Council President Ed Flynn, Chulan Huang from the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, Chris Cook from the Greenway, and Dr. Heang Leung Rubin of CHIC Consulting. 

Lastly a big thank you to all of our volunteers from KKCS, Sasaki, youth from ACDC's Summer Leadership Academy, and to the community, who helped make the Summer Picnic a wonderful event for all.

Follow ACDC on Instagram for More Updates

💰 ACDC's Matched Savings Programs 🏡

Applications Open Now

ACDC's Chinese-language Matched Savings Programs are now accepting applications. In this program, participants benefit from informative financial literacy and savings workshops and individual coaching, and receive a savings match from ACDC upon completing the program.

There are three different programs:

  • Matched Savings for prospective first-time homebuyers based in Boston
  • Matched Savings for prospective first-time homebuyers based in Malden
  • Retirement Matched Savings for those who do not have access to employer-sponsored retirement benefits

If you know someone who may benefit from the program, please refer to them to Julia Zhu, Building Blocks Manager. Julia is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese, and can be reached at Julia.Zhu[at]asiancdc.org.

Learn about ACDC's General Matched Savings program
Learn about ACDC's Retirement Matched Savings program

📄 MA Passes Data Equity Bill 🖋

Last week, Governor Maura Healey signed into law a bill that will combat harmful racial biases in data. The new law mandates the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to collect, organize, and assemble public data on major ethnic groups, of which each major Asian group—including but not limited to Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, and Vietnamese—compose more than 466,000 Asian American residents living in the state.

This bill also mandates disaggregated data collection for Black and Latine populations. Much like the Asian American experience, Black and Latine communities encompass a wide range of subgroups with different needs and experiences. Through detailed demographic data, advocates, policymakers, and service providers gain a deeper understanding on systemic and societal issues faced by all major racial groups on a more granular level, leading to better-informed decisions around addressing urgent and long-term community needs.

The Asian and Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network (APIs CAN!) is a coalition of community organizations in Massachusetts and a major advocate and proponent for the bill as they have been working on it since 2017. Thank you to State Representative Tackey Chan for his leadership in supporting this bill.

⛩ ACDC Chinatown Tours 👟

Photo by Jennifer Greer-Morrisey; courtesy of Tufts University

ACDC has reopened its Chinatown Tours since taking a hiatus during the height of the pandemic. ACDC recently led the the incoming class of Tufts Medical MD students on our tours through Chinatown to learn more about the intersections of health and the spaces we live in. ⁠

We believe that Chinatown is an irreplaceable historical and cultural hub. We envision a Chinatown where residents and visitors live, work, and play together to sustain a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive community.

This is a great activity for students of all ages and employee resource groups. Explore Chinatown on this walking tour and discover its history, community resilience, and past and present challenges. Submit an interest form today!

Want to book a tour for your group or network? Email tours[at]asiancdc.org to learn more.

Sign Up For a Tour Today

🍂 Fall Chinatown HOPE Event 🍂

Fall Fun in Phillips Square

WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 

WHERE: Phillips Square, Chinatown 

Join us as we bring joy and laughter to the heart of Chinatown in this FREE family-friendly community celebration. Cornhole games, crafting, music, giveaways and more! 


Brought to you by Chinatown HOPE, a collective of eight Chinatown organizations with the aim of coming together to leverage and build upon existing assets to have a greater, lasting impact on working class residents in Boston Chinatown. 


Questions about the event? Email Heang Rubin at heang[at]chiccommunityengagement.com.

Learn More About Chinatown HOPE

📰 ACDC in the News 👀

"Chinatown remains an extremely interconnected ecosystem, said Angie Liou, executive director of the Asian Community Development Corporation. Customers and business owners rely on each other — consumers want food, medicines, and other products that are specific to their culture and also want to visit businesses where workers speak their native languages."

Read the Article

"For many Bostonians residing in the city’s historic Chinatown neighborhood, increasing housing costs and continued industrial development in the city and surrounding areas have led to long-time residents moving out...residents primarily move out to surrounding suburban neighborhoods such as Malden and Quincy."

Read the Article

“For all the talk of closing the racial wealth gap, the racial homeownership gap, this [Chapter 206 funding] is a crucial piece of the puzzle,” said Angie Liou...Homebuyer education counseling is really critical. If you’ve never bought a home before and you’re the first person in your extended family to do so, it’s a really daunting prospect.”

Read the Article
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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

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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



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



  • 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 (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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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



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


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


$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


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! 

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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






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


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.