ACDC newsletter Jan. 2018

January 2018

In the News

Rendering by Stantec

ACDC’s proposal to develop Parcel 12 in Chinatown was featured in the Boston Globe recently! The proposal includes the development of 171 all-income restricted rental and homeownership units, a community space for a permanent public library in Chinatown, and was developed in partnership with Tufts Shared Services, Corcoran Jennison Companies and Millennium Boston.

“When the opportunity arose to buy Parcel 12 – as the lot is known – it made sense to build such housing there, said Angie Liou, executive director of the Asian CDC, which builds affordable housing in Chinatown. It and other community groups have long considered the lot a potential site for housing in a part of town that is being squeezed by nearby development.”

Free Placemaking Workshop with Boston Society of Architects 

ACDC’s placemaking efforts have really been much more about “placekeeping”- maintaining the identity and boundaries of Chinatown. Executive Director Angie Liou will share her insights and discuss ACDC’s approach, particularly how youth and residents lead the efforts.

January 29, 2018 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

BSA Office at 290 Congress Street, Suite 200

Boston, MA 02210

Lobby Day with APIs CAN on Data Disaggregation Bill

We organized with API’s CAN and fellow community organizations, residents and community members to advocate for disaggregating AAPI data (bill H. 3361). We talked to legislators about why this bill is important and accompanied our residents and other constituents as they talked to show numbers.

Asian Americans are an extremely diverse group whose population stems from more than 20 different countries of origin. As a result, Asian Americans have very different backgrounds in terms of economic status, language, culture, history, and immigrant experience. Without data available by Asian subgroup, the different experiences and needs of Asian Americans are lost in a single, aggregated category. This means that policymakers, healthcare workers, educators, entrepreneurs, and social service providers lack important information needed to better serve their communities. We urge state agencies that collect racial data to further detail these categories by ethnicity/subgroup.

There will be a hearing for the data disaggregation bill on TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 1 PM at the GARDNER AUDITORIUM in the MA STATE HOUSE. 

ACDC Expanding Youth Programs to Malden!

We are excited to announce that ACDC will be expanding youth programs to Malden!

Meet Yuqi, our new Youth Programs Associate who will be running the Malden youth program and is currently working with two Malden high school students, Xiaolin and Qingyi, to launch the program this spring.

Yuqi has worked at the national and local level on issues such as food insecurity, workers’ rights, and tax reform with a racial and economic justice lens. Yuqi brings extensive experience in policy analysis, program evaluation, and training and facilitation. She hails from Chicago, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Chinese, and Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis.

Last week, James and Yining, two A-VOYCE alumni from Malden, led a tour of Malden including  Malden Center, Malden High School and new developments. On the tour, staff learned that Malden High is the state’s most racially diverse high school. We look forward to expanding our services in Malden, where we have had first-time homebuyer and financial education and counseling programs since 2016.

In Malden Center

At Malden High School

At ACDC’s Malden office, hosted by our partner, Eastern Bank

Save the Date – Heart of the Community Dim Sum Breakfast

Our annual Heart of the Community Dim Sum Breakfast will be held on Friday, April 27th at 7:30AM.

Mark your calendars and join ACDC, along with our partners, supporters to celebrate the community and the outstanding leaders who have shown an inspiring dedication to serving those in need.

ACDC Blog – New Posts!

We have some new blog posts up, including one introducing our newest contributor, Lee-Daniel, an A-VOYCE youth whose interests include photography and photojournalism!

Thank you to our 2017 supporters!

Thank you for investing in the community! Together, we completed achievements such as the construction on 51, all-affordable condos in Chinatown; served over 350 households with first-time homebuyer and financial counseling and education; and supported over 60 youth in developing and strengthening their leadership and community advocacy skills. We look forward to working with you in 2018 to deliver more quality programs and services and continue building affordable homes, empowering families and strengthening communities!

Donors listed have made contributions from January 2017 through December 31, 2017.



Asian American Lawyers Association of MA

Bank of America – Merrill Lynch

Blue Hills Bank Foundation

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center c/o ArtPlace America

Boston College

Boston Community Capital

The Boston Foundation – Open Door Fund

The Boston Home Center

Boston Private Bank

The Brennan Group

BSA Foundation

Bunker Hill Community College

Capital One

Castle Square Tenants Organization

CBT Architects

Century Bank

Chicken and Rice Guys

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England

Chin & Curtis LLC

Chinese Progressive Association


Clark Lau Associates

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

Corcoran Jennison Co.

Cottonwood Management

The Coulter Foundation

The Davis Companies

East Boston Savings Bank

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation

East West Bank

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

Enterprise Community Partners

First Republic Bank

Gee How Oak Tin Association of New England

Hackett Feinberg P.C.

The Hamilton Company Foundation


Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

The Josiah Quincy Upper School

KJP Partners LLP

Klein Hornig LLP

Koya Leadership Partners c/o Alena Guerra

Krokidas & Bluestein LLP

The Law Office Of Joel A. Stein

Leader Bank

Maloney Properties


Massachusetts Housing Partnership

Massachusetts Investment Housing Investment Corporation (MHIC)

McPhail Associates

Millennium Partners

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.


National CAPACD

Needham Bank

NEI General Contracting

New Boston Fund / The Tower at One Greenway

Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP

People’s United Community Foundation

Penrose Realty

Pinck & Co.

RBC Capital Markets

Robinson+Cole LLP

Rose Kennedy Greenway

Santander Bank

Security Service Specialists

South Cove Community Health Center

South Cove Manor

Tai Tung Pharmacy / Realty

Takeda Oncology

TD Bank Charitable Foundation

Tisch Counsel for Philanthropic Leadership

Traggorth Companies

Trinity Management

Tufts Medical Center

Tufts University

The United Way of Mass Bay & Merrimack Valley

U.S. Trust



Walker & DiMarco, P.C.


Webster Bank

Wellesley Bank

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation


Jim Calvin & Vikaneda Phothibout

Paul K. Chan

Steve Chan

Caroline & Gene Chang

Nick & Eva Chau

Steven Chen

Yongmei Chen

Amy Cheung & Pradeep Mangalath

Alyna Chien

Eleanor Chin

Francis E. Chin & Wai J. Chow-Chin

Frank & Kathleen Chin

Helen Chin-Schlichte

Terry Chin

Denny Ching

Bernard Chiu

Michael Cifelli

Mimi Daumy

Derek Doo

Nick Elton

Gay Eng

Doug Fambrough

Kenneth Fan

Stephanie & John Fan

Jim Fong

Nino Gilarde

Michael S. Greco

Eugene Ho & Natalie Truong

Helen Ho & Henry Wang

Nancy Hunt

Sylvia Hammer

Alyson Hussey

Justin Kang

Sarah G. Kim

Dr. Donald Korb

Terry Kwan

Edward Lee

Paul W. Lee & Mary Lee

Rebecca A. Lee

Tunney Lee

Amanda Linehan

Matthew Liang

Steve Lin

Doug Ling

Desmond Liu

Harry Luke

Susan Luo & Cyrus Moyazeni

Peter & Betsy Madsen

Thomas Maxwell

Suzanne Metro

Andy Ming

Michael Monroe

Ann C. Moy

Jeff Moy

Sam Moy

Peter Munkenbeck

Evelyn Murphy & Jacque Friedman

Ivy & David Nagahiro

Yvonne Ng

Abby Nguyen-Burke & Timothy Burke

Tina & Dave O’Toole

Karla Portocarrero & Andrew Fuller

Linda Y. See

Lorraine See

Karen & Nelson SooHoo

Helen Tang

Michael Tow

Randy & Susan Tow

Marian Tse & James Lee

Geoffrey & Annamarie Why

Jeffrey Wong

Kwai & Lung Wong

Mary Wong

Sonny Wong

Valerie Wong

Michelle Wu

Cynthia Yee

Stephen Yee

Emily K. Yu

Upcoming Events

Chinese New Year Banquet
March 2nd, 5:30-9:00pm
Hei La Moon Restaurant, 88 Beach St., Boston

The BCNC Chinese New Year Banquet is one of the largest community celebrations in Chinatown, with 600 guests in attendance. Your support at this annual sold-out event helps to provide essential family-centered services to over 3,000 people each year. Click here to sponsor and purchase your tickets today. Special thanks to our platinum sponsors Tufts Medical Center and Capital One.

Bamboo Circle Hot Pot Dinner
Feb. 3rd, 4:00-7:00pm 
BCNC, 38 Ash St., Boston

Join other young professionals for a traditional winter hot pot meal while supporting a good cause. Purchase your $25 pre-sale ticket here, which includes all food and drink. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Center.  

Palaver Strings Community Concert & Workshop
Feb. 4th, 4:00-6:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston

Join Palaver Strings for a performance workshop showcasing the experiences of Irish, Cape Verdean, and Chinese communities. The performance will feature new compositions and spoken word personal narratives inspired by the incredible stories of immigrants and their descendants. Suggested donation is $10. Register here.

Bamboo Circle Basketball Tournament
Feb. 9th, 5:30-9:00pm
Josiah Quincy Elementary School Gymnasium
885 Washington St., Boston

It’s back by popular demand! Round up two of your friends and sign up for BCNC’s Second Annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The winning team will receive $200 in prize money, a trophy and, most importantly, bragging rights. Proceeds will benefit BCNC’s Youth Center. Register your team here by Tuesday, Feb. 6th.  

Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy – A Multimedia Concert
Feb. 10th, 6:00-8:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston

No-No Boy is a multimedia concert and immersive experience featuring singer/songwriter Julian Saporiti. The concert shines a light on diverse but interconnected histories: WWII Japanese Incarceration, Southeast Asian refugees, and kids in middle-America making sense of hyphenated identities. Suggested donation is $10. Register here.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Feb. 25th, 11:00am-3:00pm
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., Boston

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Pao Arts Center! Drop in for family-friendly activities including lantern making, lion dancing demonstrations, dumpling making classes, and more. Register here.

BCNC Pao Arts Center Presents

Cambridge Artist Bren Bataclan

Explores Immigrant Experience in America

Kulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan

January 18 to April 28, 2018

BCNC Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street, Boston, MA

Opening Reception: Jan 18, 6:30 – 7 pm

Boston, MA – The Pao Arts Center presents its winter exhibition, Kulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan, which explores the artist’s immigrant experience to the Daly City, San Francisco in 1981. Kulap is on view from January 18 – April 28, 2018.   The Pao Arts Center’s main gallery features 15 brand-new paintings created for this exhibition.  The immigrant experience in America has always been multifaceted, yet the process of coming to and becoming a part of the United States engenders challenges and triumphs that share many common features: the struggle to adapt, to acquire vital knowledge and skills, to balance the need to adopt the new culture with the claims of the old home; the experiences of racism and exclusion, and the tightly-knit comfort of a diaspora.

In the early 2000s, Bren began giving away paintings in public spaces with a note saying, “This painting is yours if you promise to smile at random people more often.” Since then, he has given away 3,000 paintings in 70 different countries and to all 50 U.S. states. Schools began to ask Bren to give presentations about his kindness-related street art project. His presentations led to 150 mural projects for schools, hospitals and businesses. Heinemann Press published an elementary school textbook entitled, “The Smile Artist,” about his artwork. And in 2017, he gave a TEDxTalk about his street art project. Bren received his BA in design at UCLA (summa cum laude) and his MA in computer animation at the Ohio State University.