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  • CHSNE at MIT & Brookline this week  View this email in your browser
    IN THIS UPDATE: 
    Education and Exclusion (5/24), The Chinese Exclusion Act Excerpt/Lecture (5/23),
    National Register Comments Due (5/31), CHSNE Needs You!
    Education and Exclusion
    A Lecture and Gallery Visit with Professor Emma Teng
    Thursday, May 25th, 5:30pm-7:00pm
    5:15 Refreshments & Gallery Viewing @ Maihaugen Gallery | 6:15 Lecture @ Killian Hall 
    Hayden Memorial Library, 160 Memorial Dr, Cambridge 02139
    The history of Chinese students at MIT dates back to 1877. From these beginnings, the Institute became one of the most popular destinations for Chinese overseas students, especially those seeking to contribute to their country’s modernization through engineering, science, and commerce. Between 1854 and 1954, MIT awarded 734 degrees to Chinese students, the third highest number of any American university. This lecture and exhibition will offer insight into local history, immigration trends, and lessons from a previous generation.
     
    To commemorate the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and in conjunction with her exhibition China Comes to Tech: 1877-1931 (February-November 2017), Professor Emma Teng will address the impact of the Exclusion laws, and the xenophobia that they represented, on students from China using MIT as a case study.
    Click here to reserve your FREE tickets
    Co-hosted by MIT Global Studies and Languages, with support from MIT Asian Pacific American Employee Resource GroupSouth Cove Community Health CenterNational Park Service and Tufts Medical Center.
    Brookline's Asian American Pacific Islander Celebration
    Wednesday, May 24th, 6:00pm
    Brookline Town Hall, 5th Floor School Committee Room | 333 Washington St, Brookline 02445
    Join the Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN) as they honor and award the Brookline High School Student Essay Winners for their essays on “What does it mean to be Asian American in Brookline?”

    Visitors will also see an excerpt of the highly anticipated PBS documentary, “The Chinese Exclusion Act,” with a discussion by Andrew Leong, Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department, and Asian American and Latino Studies at UMass Boston. 
    Co-sponsored by the Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN)Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, the Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence, and CHSNE
    National Register of Historic Places
    Comments Close Next Week!
    The Old Quincy School at 90 Tyler Street in Boston, c. 1903 (left) and 2017 (right). 
    CHSNE partnered with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) to register the first site to the National Register of Historic Places to be nominated for its connection to the history of Chinese in Boston. Over the past year, consultants wrote the nomination for CCBA’s Old Quincy School building at 90 Tyler St and produced a detailed overview of the Chinese in Boston (1805-1980). This registration will result in public records that document the development and resilience of the Chinese community in Boston.  

    You’re invited to review the full nomination and submit comments by Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    Read more and submit your comments here
    CHSNE NEEDS YOU! CHSNE is a membership-based 501(c)(3)non-profit organization dedicated solely to documenting, preserving, and promoting the history and legacy of Chinese immigration in New England. Please consider becoming a member or donating to help cover our projects and operating expenses. 
    Become a member today!
    Donate to CHSNE
  • During the 2016 Presidential Elections, 13,846 Asian American voters participated in the nation’s largest nonpartisan multilingual exit poll, across 14 states and Washington, DC.

    Next Tuesday, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will come to Boston, and offer a special presentation on the results of this comprehensive Exit Poll.  Here are event details (below & attached)

    ~ THE ASIAN AMERICAN VOTE: 2016 ~
    When: Next Tuesday, May 23rd (6:00-7:30pm)
    Where: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center - 38 Ash Street, Boston
    RSVP:  Leverett.Wing@Gmail.com OR... votingrights@aaldef.org - 212.966.5932 x206
      ... Co-sponsored by: “APIs Can!”; Greater Boston Legal Services and AALDEF (see attachment)

    At this special presentation, learn about the Asian American vote in the Presidential and Congressional elections and opinions on key issues by ethnicity, nativity, party enrollment, age, and English proficiency.

    WGBH-TV/Radio’s 9th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration ~

    • When: Next Wednesday, May 24th (7:00-9:00pm)
    Where: WGBH Studios - One Guest Street, Boston MA
        … This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

    This year’s celebration promises to be a special one with excerpted screenings of films such asthe new Rick Burns documentary: “American Experience: The Chinese Exclusion Act”, “Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story”, “Unbroken Glass” and “Forever, Chinatown”.

    This year’s event will also spotlight Asian Americans who have “made it in America”, becoming top leaders in their industries and communities. Leaders from a variety of sectors will offer real-world advice, and share their personal experiences and professional successes with event attendees.  

    Liz ChengGeneral Manager of WGBH Television and the WORLD, will moderate the discussion with the panelists, including Dr. Pam Y. Eddinger,President of Bunker Hill Community College and WGBH trusteeNam Pham,Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade in the Baker-Polito administration, and Brian ChuCo-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of High Vista Strategies.


  • 2017 Chinatown Bikeathon
    Saturday, June 17 at 9 AM - 2 PM
  • 16 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114-4602, United States
    https://www.crowdrise.com/ctbike
EVENT DATE: JUN 17, 2017



The Chinatown Bike-a-thon is a green and healthy fundraiser to support youth leadership and a brighter future in our community. The ride is an 8 or 16 miles on the Paul Dudley White Bike Path along the Charles River. It is a family-friendly event that promotes healthy living and culminates in a picnic on the Boston Common. We are excited to continue to grow our Bike-a-thon and to grow our youth program with your help!

The funds raised from the Chinatown Bike-a-thon directly support youth programming. The Chinese Youth Initiative (CYI) provides internship opportunities to high school aged youth from the Greater Boston area, combining an Asian American Studies curriculum with hands-on community service and organizing projects. For over more than 20 years, CYI youth have played crucial roles in the campaign for a Chinatown library, voter registration drives, support for immigrant workers’ rights, establishing the first Chinatown Youth Platform, advocating for public transit and much more. This year, youth have already won a city-funded feasibility study for a Chinatown Library. CYI graduates have gone on to become teachers, lawyers, planners, artists, community organizers, and entrepreneurs, all working to make a difference in Boston and in the world.




News | May 2017
Pao Arts Center Ribbon Cutting
Grand Opening of Pao Arts Center
      
Thank YOU for your support in opening the Pao Arts Center! 
Janet Wu, Dr. Christina Sakai, and parent leaders, Kathy Tsang and Zhong Ruan
Autism Support Workshop for Parents

On April 14, Family Services hosted a workshop on "Understanding the Developmental Stages of Children with Autism and Support Services in the Community." Dr. Christina Sakai from Tufts Medical Center spoke about child development and challenges at each stage. Parent Leaders, Zhong Ruan and Kathy Tsang, shared their life experiences, behavioral management tips, and community support services. Special thanks to Janet Wu, from Channel 5 WCVB, for interpreting the workshop in Cantonese, and Frances Chang of Tufts Medical Center for interpreting in Mandarin. 
This workshop was generously funded by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.
"Next Steps" Fair in Quincy 

Youth Lend Tech Expertise to Adult Learners

BCNC Portraits: Djilali Chaker

Before emigrating to the U.S. in 2015, Djilali Chaker had worked as a civil engineer in Algeria. Djilali came to BCNC to improve his English skills. Through an Academic Skills class in our Adult Education program, Dijilali was able to prepare for a placement test and complete a college application. BCNC staff also helped him find a job. Today, Djilali is studying construction management at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Djilali is very grateful for how BCNC helped him achieve his goals. 
Join us for Upcoming Events

APA Youth Conference
Sat. May 20 | 10:30 AM-5:00 PM
Pao Arts Center | 99 Albany St. | Boston
High school youth are invited to participate in workshops and celebrate Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month. Click here for more information and to register. 

Savor the Flavor
Sat. June 3 | 1:00-3:00 PM
Quincy Center for Innovation | 180 Old Colony Ave. | Quincy
Join us for a community celebration and benefit! Guests will sample food from local restaurants, vote for the "best flavor," and hear about BCNC's work in Quincy. Click here to attend or support the event.

Family Fun Day in Quincy
Sat. June 10 | 1:00-3:00 PM
Cavanagh Stadium | Birch St. | Quincy
Families are invited to a free day of outdoor activities including kite flying, face painting, and family games. To register, please email grace.su@bcnc.net

38th Annual Dragon Boat Festival
Sat. & Sun. June 10-11
Charles River | Cambridge
Join the Bamboo Circle team, paddle with other young professionals at Dragon Boat Festival and raise funds for the Youth Center. No prior experience is needed. Click here for more information and to apply by May 15.
Join the BCNC Team

(Job) Development Associate
Special Thanks to our 2017 Event Sponsors! 
Donate Your Used Car to BCNC 

Is spring cleaning on your mind? If you have an old, unused car sitting in your backyard, we can help you remove it. Donate your used car to BCNC through our Vehicle Donation Program, It's fast, easy, and no cost to you! Click here to learn more about the program. 

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

Mailing Address | 885 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
Boston Site | 38 Ash Street, Boston, MA 02111
Quincy Site | 275 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02171

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Four ways to honor APA heritage month  View this email in your browser
This month:
  • National Register of Historic Places/Chinese in Boston
  • Education and Exclusion at MIT
  • Preview The Chinese Exclusion Act film 
  • Remembering the Transcontinental Railroad 
National Register of Historic Places
The Old Quincy School at 90 Tyler Street in Boston, c. 1903 (left) and 2017 (right). 
CHSNE partnered with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) to register the first site to the National Register of Historic Places to be nominated for its connection to the history of Chinese in Boston. Over the past year, consultants wrote the nomination for CCBA’s Old Quincy School building at 90 Tyler St and produced a detailed overview of the Chinese in Boston (1805-1980). This registration will result in public records that document the development and resilience of the Chinese community in Boston.

You’re now invited to review the full nomination and submit comments by May 31, 2017. For more information, visit the the CHSNE website:
Read more and submit your comments here
CHSNE will also be presenting at:
Education and Exclusion
A Lecture and Gallery Visit with Professor Emma Teng
Thursday, May 25th, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Maihaugen Gallery & Killian Hall | Hayden Memorial Library, 160 Memorial Dr, Cambridge 02139
The history of Chinese students at MIT dates back to 1877. From these beginnings, the Institute became one of the most popular destinations for Chinese overseas students, especially those seeking to contribute to their country’s modernization through engineering, science, and commerce. Between 1854 and 1954, MIT awarded 734 degrees to Chinese students, the third highest number of any American university. This lecture and exhibition will offer insight into local history, immigration trends, and lessons from a previous generation.
 
To commemorate the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and in conjunction with her exhibition China Comes to Tech: 1877-1931, Professor Emma Teng will address the impact of the Exclusion laws, and the xenophobia that they represented, on students from China, using MIT as a case study.
Click here to reserve your FREE tickets
Co-hosted by MIT Global Studies and Languages, with support from MIT Asian Pacific American Employee Resource GroupSouth Cove Community Health CenterNational Park Service and Tufts Medical Center.
Brookline's Asian American Pacific Islander Celebration
Wednesday, May 24th, 6:00pm
Brookline Town Hall, 5th Floor School Committee Room | 333 Washington St, Brookline 02445

Meet our new CEO!

QARI is pleased to introduce our new Chief Executive Officer, Philip Chong. 

This announcement comes following an extensive search by the board of directors, facilitated by ESC of New England, a leading nonprofit consulting firm familiar with QARI.

Paul Shaw of QARI’s Board of Directors said, “After an exhaustive search, the board is very pleased that Mr. Chong will be leading QARI. His extensive background in business development, communications, and Asian healthcare will propel QARI into its next exciting chapter in serving Quincy and the South Shore community. The board voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Chong to the position.” Mr. Chong said, “With the strong support of the city, the board members, and QARI’s key stakeholders, I am excited to lead such a mission-driven organization that has been dedicated to serving the community for many years.”

Mr. Chong is a Hong Kong native, fluent in Chinese, who himself immigrated to the United States at the age of 16. “As an immigrant myself,” Mr. Chong said, “I have firsthand experience living through the challenges many minorities face day to day. I am fortunate enough to have come across many people in the U.S. who have helped and supported me personally and professionally. Their compassion has enabled me to live my American dream and I am forever grateful for that. Joining QARI is one of my ways to give back to the communities and the country.”

Mr. Chong holds a master’s degree in information systems from Northeastern University. His professional career includes serving as CEO of Keswick Health, COO of Massachusetts Medical International Corporation, and Director of Strategic Initiatives at Simmons College. “My strategic leadership expertise can help advance QARI’s initiatives in diversifying programs, extending our services with potential strategic partnerships in empowering underserved minorities.  I might be seen as an outsider in the nonprofit world, but I am passionate about QARI’s mission and determined to lead and grow the organization,” said Mr. Chong.

QARI, founded in 2001, is a growing community-based organization serving primarily Quincy’s large Asian and immigrant populations. QARI programs include youth development and mentoring, adult education, family literacy, Chinese language and cultural classes, civic engagement initiatives, and multilingual information and referral to community services.  QARI’s mission is to foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of Asian Americans and their families to benefit Quincy and its neighboring communities through collaborations and partnerships.

For further information, please contact press@quincyasianresources.org.
Join the Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN) as they honor and award the Brookline High School Student Essay Winners for their essays on “What does it mean to be Asian American in Brookline?”

Visitors will also see an excerpt of the highly anticipated PBS documentary, “The Chinese Exclusion Act,” with a discussion by Andrew Leong, Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department, and Asian American and Latino Studies at UMass Boston. 
Co-sponsored by the Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN)Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, the Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence, and CHSNE
Remembering the Transcontinental Railroad Workers
On May 10, 1869, America's first transcontinental railroad, originally known as the Pacific Railroad, connected the West and the East for the first time. The construction took six years and covered nearly 2,000 miles. Chinese laborers joined the workforce for the Western section, the most arduous phase of the construction. They comprised more than 80% of the workforce of the Central Pacific Railroad Co; however, they were not featured in the commemorative photographs or acknowledged in early histories.
CHSNE NEEDS YOU! CHSNE is a membership-based 501(c)(3)non-profit organization dedicated solely to documenting, preserving, and promoting the history and legacy of Chinese immigration in New England. Please consider becoming a member or donating to help cover our projects and operating expenses. 


包氏文藝中心5/6開幕

Grand Opening | Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 12 - 7 pm
Pao Arts Center | 99 Albany Street | Boston, MA

12:00 pm - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Art-Making Activities | Classrooms
1:00-4:00 pm - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1:00-3:00 pm - Salvador Jiménez-Flores

Performances | Theater
1:30 pm - Chu Ling Dance Academy
2:00 pm - Chinese Opera featuring Kwong Dung Musical Club
2:30 pm - Gene Shinozaki, Beatboxer
3:00 pm - Handel and Haydn Society Musicians: Lena Wong, violin, and Sarah Freiberg, cello

Exhibitions | Gallery
1:00-5:00 pm - Fantasies of Spring: Chinese Painting by Mei Ching and INSIDE/OUTSIDE: Portrait of Vivian Lee by Wen-ti Tsen
5:00-7:00 pm - Artist Reception

Free | All Ages |

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

In partnership with Bunker Hill Community College, BCNC is proud to open the Pao Arts Center to be Chinatown's first community-based arts center and Boston's newly dedicated Asian American and Asian immigrant cultural space.



                

English for New Bostonians, BPS Office of English Language Learners, C&W Services, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Plymouth Rock Assurance Foundation, The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, and The Cabot Family Charitable Trust invite you to

Building Family-School Partnerships 
Through Immigrant Parent ESOL Classes
May 1, 2017 - 9:00-11:00am
Boston School Committee Chambers
2300 Washington St
Roxbury, MA 02119


Immigrants and refugees across the country are facing animosity and fear like never before. Hear from immigrant ESOL students and educational thought leaders about one innovative Boston-based initiative, ESOL for Parents and Caregivers, geared towards engaging parents of BPS students and bolstering their role in their children's educational futures.

The event will feature Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang and Assistant Superintendents Dr. Frances Esparza and Monica Roberts, Susan Klaw, an adult educator and developer of the ESOL for Parents and Caregivers curriculum, and immigrant parents who will speak about how they now have a growing impact at the family, school, and district levels. Remarks and awards will be followed by a panel discussion and Q and A. This forum will showcase the range of ESOL parents' programming throughout the city and highlight collaborations among ENB; BPS Offices of English Language Learners, Engagement, and Adult and Community Services; and community organizations.

Event is sponsored by C&W Services, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, The Plymouth Rock Assurance Foundation, and The Nellie Mae Education Foundation.



English for New Bostonians - English Works Campaign
105 Chauncy St., 4th Fl., Boston, MA 02111
 www.englishfornewbostonians.org  www.english-works.org
(617) 982-6860

包氏文藝中心 5/6 開幕式

Join us for the Grand Opening of the BCNC Pao Arts Center

12:00 PM - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
1:00-4:00 PM - Activities for All Ages
4:00-5:00 PM - Musical Performance, Workshop & Lecture: "Kevin So Brings it Back Home" http://www.artweekboston.org/event/kevin-so-brings-it-back-home/
5:00-7:00 PM - Opening Reception: Inaugural Exhibition by Ching Mei

Free | All ages | RSVP here: https://tinyuArtsrl.com/BCNC

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

The Pao Arts Center is Chinatown's first community-based arts center and Boston's new dedicated Asian American and Asian immigrant cultural space. For more info: http://bcnc.net/pao-arts-center

BCNC is proud to be part of ArtWeek Boston: http://www.artweekboston.org/

Friday, June 9th, 2017
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
6:00pm-10:00pm


Emcee: Karen Holmes Ward, WCVB's Director of Public Affairs and Community Services and Executive Producer of City Line.

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Attire: Black Tie

ponsorships


      

Sponsorship and Ticket Options

  

UNDERWRITER: $50,000+  

ORCHID: $30,000+
GLADIOLA: $20,000+

CHRYSANTHEMUM: $10,000 +

CHERRY BLOSSOM: $5,000+

WATER LILY: $3,000+

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$220 per ticket/$2100 per group of 10
(Early Bird Discount by 11pm 05/10/2017)
$250 per ticket/$2250 per group of 10




* To purchase tickets or sponsorships by telephone (Check/Credit Card), contact Tong Gao (617)-426 9492 x205. Or email tgao@aaca-boston.org. * 




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Gala Chairs 
Governor Charlie Baker
Mayor Marty Walsh
  
Honorary Committee
US Senator Ed Markey
Congressman Michael Capuano
Congresswoman Katherine Clark
Senator Joseph Boncore
Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz
Senator Linda Dorcena Forry
Senator Jason M. Lewis
Representative Donald Wong
Pres City Council Michelle Wu
City Councilor Ayanna Pressley
City Councilor Bill Linehan
Director-General Scott Lai
Consul Gen Rokuichiro Michii
Consul Gen Joseph Milano
Consul Gen Emilio Rabasa
Paul Chan
Michael Corcoran
John Drew
Pam Eddinger
Richard Gavegnano
Amy Guen
Alejandra St.Guillen
Dan Kramer
Anthony Monaco
Keith Motley
Robert Newman
Lee Pelton
Bob Rivers
Eric Schultz
Clifford Scott
Pin Tai
Michael Taylor
Michael Wagne


About us:

AACA Founded in 1967 as the Chinese American Civic Association and re-named in 1992, the Asian American Civic Association continues to serve the greater Boston immigrant community in a variety of ways. 
Today, the Asian American Civic Association provides limited English speaking and economically disadvantaged people with education, occupational training and social services enabling them to realize lasting economic self-sufficiency.
AACA has served and advocated for the needs of immigrants and other economically disadvantaged people since 1967. AACA serves clients from over 80 countries. Focused on economic self-sufficiency and participation in American society, AACA provides a range of services, including English classes, social services, job training, college preparation and a post-graduate retention program. AACA has over 100 Employer Partners and College Partners. 
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Asian American Civic Association, 87 Tyler Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 0211

We are a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women's health and wellness through education, advocacy, and support.

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Join the AWFH team at the ATASK Community 5K Race on Saturday, April 8th, at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir!
  • Run/Walk with friends & family

  • Donate on behalf of AWFH
  • Organize or Join a TEAM as a benefiting charity and raise funds for your cause.
  • Show Your SUPPORT for nonprofits that serve the Asian community

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NEWS & NOTES
Stay informed on what's happening at ACDC
30th Anniversary
Heart of the Community Dim Sum Breakfast

When: Friday, April 28 at 7:30AM
Where: China Pearl Restaurant - 9 Tyler Street, Boston, MA 02111

Come celebrate 30 years of building affordable homes, empowering families and strengthening communities with ACDC.


In honor of our 30th anniversary, we've been working with filmmaker Ken Eng (My Life in ChinaKokoyakyu: High School Baseball) to create a special video to share the stories of a few of our founding board members, residents, and youth leaders.

Join us at the breakfast to watch the exclusive premiere of the video!
88 Hudson Update

The second phase of our affordable developments on Parcel 24, 51 affordable condos, will be completed soon!

Applications will be available in person on the following dates and times. 
Location: Management Office - 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111
  • Monday, March 20, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM 
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM 
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM 
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:00PM - 7:00PM 
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Informational Meetings will be held on the following dates/times: 
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:00pm at 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:30pm at Boston Public Library, Fields Corner Branch, 1520 Dorchester Ave., Boston, MA 02122

Pedestrian Safety in Chinatown on NBC Boston
Angie and one of our residents, Mary, was recently interviewed by NBC Boston about pedestrian safety in Chinatown. 

Last summer, ACDC youth and other partner organizations worked on a Pedestrian Safety Campaign, that resulted in multiple structural improvements along Kneeland Street. 

ACDC  is collaborating with other Chinatown organizations to apply to Boston's Slow Streets program for Chinatown, and if selected, additional structural improvements will be made to prioritize pedestrian safety. We are hoping to get 500 signatures for a petition to support our application.



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SCCHC E-NEWS
March 2017
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Greetings from South Cove! 

Dear South Cove Staff, Patients, Supporters and Friends, 

Eugene Welch

We are going through many changes, but this is not the time to panic! It is the time for us all to work together and be true to our mission.  Remember, our job has not changed in the last 45 years, and that is to take care of the legal, non-English speaking Asian immigrants with respect, compassion, and linguistic strength.   

Remember, working together we are much stronger! 

Let me thank you for all you do.

   
Sincerely, 
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Eugene Welch
CEO/Executive Director
In This Issue

South Cove is Expanding to Malden! 
A plan in the works to open a 5th clinic 

South Cove Community Health Center has been exploring the possibility of opening a clinic in Malden for some time.  According to the 2010 Census, Malden has the 3rd largest Asian population after Boston and Quincy.  A Malden clinic makes sense not only because of its Asian presence but also because South Cove's many existing patients are from Malden.  The vision of a location in Malden, first and foremost, aims to bring our services to existing patients, many of them elders who would greatly benefit from a clinic that is right in their backyard. 


We are thrilled to announce that after over a year of actively exploring different opportunities, we have finally settled on a building that has the potential to deliver our vision.   On February 23, 2017, South Cove officially purchased a piece of property on 277 Commercial Street, which we hope to begin remodeling into a state-of-the-art clinic as soon as we receive the green light from the Malden Planning Board.  The remodeled one-story clinic will have 13,782 square feet, with 76 parking spaces.  It will provide internal medicine, Ob/Gyn, pediatrics, lab and optometry care, along with a team of social services staff whose primary job function is to help patients obtain federal and/or state health coverage.  
3-dimensional rendering of the proposed Malden Clinic
We are excited, both for the health center and our patients, at the prospect of delivering culturally competent care to our existing and new patients from the Malden area.  

American Psychiatric Association Honors Dr. Albert Yeung
Dr. Yeung receives the Kun-Po Soo Award
Dr. Albert Yeung
Dr. Albert Yeung, South Cove's Co-Medical Director and the Head of the Behavioral Health Department, has been selected as the recipient of the American Psychiatric Association's Kun-Po Soo Award. The award, established in 1987, recognizes an individual who "has made significant contributions toward understanding the impact and import of Asian cultural heritage in areas relevant to psychiatry."  Additionally,  the award seeks  to "encourage scholarship and research in culture-specific mental health issues and treatment needs of Asian populations."  

Dr. Yeung has accepted the award and will be traveling to San Diego this May to be recognized at APA's Annual Meeting.  He will also be delivering a lecture titled "Culturally Sensitive Collaborative Treatment (CSCT) for Chinese Patients with Depression in Primary Care," based on his work at South Cove.   



In accepting this award, Dr. Yeung expressed his appreciation and gratitude to both Eugene Welch and South Cove. 



To Eugene: 

"I feel honored and I appreciate your strong support over the years, without which these work would not be possible." 



To South Cove:  

"I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to serve at South Cove.  Our patients are our best teachers." 

Congratulatory note from Eugene Welch, ED:
I'd like to express our sincere congratulations for Dr. Albert Yeung receiving another prestigious acknowledgement of his contribution toward the understanding and the impact of the Asian culture as it relates to psychiatry.  Again, to Dr. Albert Yeung, congratulations on a job well done.

Dr. Yeung has dedicated his career to researching, studying and understanding mental health issues facing Asian Americans; he is at the forefront in the treatment of depression among Asian Americans.   We cannot be more proud of Dr. Yeung and we are thrilled that his work at South Cove is being recognized on a national level.  

Dr. Qiyue Hu and Patient Interviewed on Diabetes Screening Among Asian Americans 
Implicit bias may exist in screening Asian Americans for Type 2 diabetes

WGBH, in partnership with PRI (Public Radio International), interviewed Dr. Hu and a patient of his with Type 2 diabetes on the prevalence of diabetes among Asians and its under-diagnosis. 

According to the article, Asians are two times more likely than Caucasians to develop diabetes and yet there is a startling estimate that "more than half of Asian Americans with Type 2 diabetes don't even know they have it."  To find out why that is, Dr. Elizabeth Tung of the University of Chicago conducted a study and concluded that Asians "had 34% lower odds of being screened than whites."  When factors such as educational level, health accessibility, and insurance status could not explain the discrepancy, Dr. Tung was left to ponder if implicit bias played a role. 

Tung suggested that "either patients don't ask for diabetes screening because they think they are not at risk, or physicians don't screen their patients because they think their Asian patients are healthier and at lower risk."

WGBH, working on a story based on the findings of Dr. Tung's study, approached South Cove and sought Dr. Hu's opinion on the subject.  For his part, Dr. Hu feels the health center does a good job in terms of screening.  But he also stressed that regardless of the ethnicity of the clinician or the patient, as long as doctors follow the guidelines - ADA changed its recommendation to screen Asians at a lower body mass index two years ago - it would be hard to miss anything.    

SCCHC Upholds Its High Standards with Renewed Joint Commission Accreditation 

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The 3-day survey covered everything from clinical operations to policies to board governance. The team of two, which consisted of a physician and a nurse/administrator, did their job by conducting a comprehensive examination of the health center's entire operation. They looked at policies & procedures, inspected the physical facilities and observed staff-patient interactions. They quizzed staff on health center protocols, equipment handling as well as specific knowledge related to the job. The surveyors posed tough questions and left no stone unturned. Though the process was thorough and at times draining, we felt that we had been ready and responded well to the surveyors' fine-toothed comb approach.   

At the end of the survey, the collective feeling from all involved was a sense of accomplishment and of course, a sense of relief! The Commission cited us on some items and made recommendations for improvement going forward.  We felt that the result of the survey was positive and were pleased with our overall performance.   Eugene Welch thanked all staff for their effort and a job well done! 
 
The Joint Commission certificate "is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards." Obtaining this accreditation is considered the pinnacle for healthcare organizations; it means that all our systems: clinical, financial and administrative meet the high standards set by the Joint Commission. SCCHC first obtained the golden seal of approval in 2001, the most recent re-accreditation renewed our status to October 2019.  We are proud to will have been a Joint Commission accredited healthcare organization for almost 20 years by 2019 without interruption, this is a remarkable feat and a record that we hope to keep extending.   

Happy Lunar New Year of the Rooster

Cleaning houses thoroughly, shopping for new clothes and sporting a new hairdo are all indications that the lunar new year celebration is near!  In China, as well as other parts of Asia, lunar new year remains the single biggest celebration of the year and the longest, as it is a 15-day celebration.  This year's spring festival, what the Chinese refers to as the new year holidays, kicked off on Saturday, January 28, officially ushering in the year of the Rooster.



2017 is Year 4715 in the lunar calendar and the year of the Fire Rooster.  In addition to the zodiac sign that runs on a 12-year cycle, each year is also represented by an element according to the Chinese Five Elements (metal, water, wood, fire and earth) Theory.


South Cove marked its own new year celebration at the Washington Street clinic on February 2, with a lion dance by the Josiah Quincy School students.  The Quincy School has a lunar new year celebration every year, it has become a tradition for the lion dance troupe to pay a visit to the clinic following the conclusion of the school's celebration.  As always, the lion cubs (since the dance is performed by 5th graders, appropriately the lions are of smaller size) were a big hit with patients and staff alike. They paraded down the hallway and visited every department to symbolically ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to the clinic.  Though it was a brief 15-minute celebration, nonetheless it brought a smile to everybody as well as a cheery and festive atmosphere normally not associated with clinics.  

South Cove also sponsored and participated in the new year celebrations in Boston Chinatown and Quincy, both of which took place on Sunday, February 12, 2017. 
As everyone settles into the Year of the Rooster, South Cove wishes prosperity, happiness and health to all in year 4715!  

SCCHC Staff and Quincy School Lion Dance Troupe 

SCCHC Administration wishes everyone a prosperous year of the Rooster

SCCHC is Turning 45! 
Save the Date: 9/9/2017

South Cove Community Health Center is turning 45! 

In 1972 a group of volunteers in Chinatown planted the seeds to what is today the premier Asian American community health center of Massachusetts! We owe our humble beginning to those who worked tirelessly to ensure adequate healthcare access to new immigrants facing language and cultural barriers. 45 years later, the health center has stayed true to its mission of serving the underserved and providing quality healthcare at low cost. 

We want to thank everyone who contributed to make SCCHC what it is today. A big celebration is planned for Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the JFK Library and Museum. More information will follow as the date draws near, in the meantime, please mark your calendar and save the date!

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How your donation will help us serve our patients:

$50 -  Fill one uninsured patient's tooth
$100 - Give one uninsured family nutrition class 
$250 - Give one uninsured woman mammogram screening
$500 - Give one uninsured patient proper medication for one year under our 340B Pharmacy program 
$1,000 - Take care of one uninsured patient for medical visits at the health center for one year
Yes! Please take me to the SCCHC Donate page!   

About Us

About South Cove Community Health Center:
Founded in 1972, South Cove is dedicated to improving the health and well being of all medically underserved in Massachusetts with a special focus on Asian Americans. This mission is accomplished by providing high quality, community-based health care and health promotion programs which are accessible, linguistically and culturally competent for these populations.

Services:
Adult Medicine (成人科) Bone Density (骨質篩檢) Ob/Gyn (婦科) Mammography (X光乳房攝影篩檢) Pediatrics (兒科) 
Podiatry (足科) Neurology (神經科) Dentistry (牙科) Optometry (眼科) Member Services (會員服務) Nutrition/WIC (營養科/奶卷) Family Planning (家庭計劃) 340B Pharmacy (藥房) Early Intervention (幼兒培育組) Behavioral Health (行為健康科) Brighton/Allston After-School Enrichment Program (課餘活動中心)

Clinics: 
885 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111 
Tel: 617-482-7555 
145 South Street, Boston, MA 02111 
Tel: 617-521-6730 
435 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02171 
Tel: 617-318-3300
88 Holmes Street, Quincy, MA 02171
Tel: 617-318-3200

After-School Program: 
Brighton/Allston After-School Enrichment Program:
640 Washington Street, Brighton, MA 02135
Tel: 617-787-1087

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