Boston is home to New England’s only historically Chinese area and the nation’s fourth largest Chinatown. Today Boston’s Chinatown is a vibrant center for Asian-American life, an area where people live, work, attend school and use services and amenities. Not just a commercial or tourist-focused district with restaurants and shops, Chinatown is a physical and emotional center for Chinese American individuals and families. It offers special opportunities for FCCNE families to get involved with and connect to larger aspects of Chinese American life.
Asian American Civic Organization
87 Tyler Street, Boston, MA 02111
Web site: aaca-boston.org
The Asian American Civic Association (AACA) provides limited English speaking and economically disadvantaged people with education, occupational training and social services enabling them to realize lasting economic self-sufficiency. Originally established as a response to the cultural and economic needs of Chinese Americans, the organization now serves clients from over 80 countries.
Asian American Resource Workshop
33 Harrison Avenue, 5th floor Boston, MA 02111
Web site: www.aarw.org
The Asian American Resource Workshop works for the empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community to achieve its full participation in the U.S. society. We are a member-based organization that seeks to document the diverse Asian Pacific American histories, experiences, and social conditions. Our resource and activities are used to respond to current Asian Pacific American issues and to promote Asian Pacific American identity.
Asian Community Development Corporation
38 Oak Street, Boston, MA 02111
Web site: www.asiancdc.org
The Asian Community Development Corporation is a nonprofit serving the Asian American community of Greater Boston, with an emphasis on preserving and revitalizing Boston's Chinatown. Asian CDC develops physical community assets, including affordable housing for rental and ownership; promotes economic development; fosters leadership development; builds capacity within the community, and advocates on behalf of the community.Major programs include: Sustainable Community- Based Affordable Housing Development; Comprehensive Home Ownership Education and Financial Literacy; Youth Development; Preserving our Past to Build a Better Future and Linguistic Access Through New Technology.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Mailing: 885 Washington Street Boston MA 02111
Site: 38 Ash Street Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: (617) 635-5129
Web site: www.bcnc.net
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) is dedicated to enriching and improving the quality of life for Boston’s Asian-American community and for residents of Boston’s Chinatown, South End, and South Cove communities by providing bilingual education, child care, cultural, social, youth and recreational programs to a diverse range of families.
Chinatown Main Street: A Boston Main Street Initiative
China Trade Center, 2 Boylston Street, Suite G1 Boston MA 02111
Web site: www.chinatownmainstreet.org
Chinatown Main Street is a small non-profit organization that works to help beautify the district, recruiting new businesses, retaining and strengthening existing businesses, and drawing people into Chinatown to shop and recreate, maintain safety and promote cleanliness of the Community. The organization sponsors free events in Chinatown throughout the year.
Chinese Progressive Association
28 Ash St, Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: (617) 357-4499
Web site: www.cpaboston.org
The Chinese Progressive Association is a grass-roots community organization which works for full equality and empowerment, to improve the living and working conditions of Chinese Americans, and to involve people in decision-making. Programs include the Campaign to Protect Chinatown, Civic Empowerment Program, Workers Center, Adult Education Program, and the Chinese Youth Initiative to develop youth leadership through hands-on community projects. CPA also houses the Wong/Yee Gallery for artistic exhibits that express community struggles, and provides social/historical tours of Boston Chinatown.
The Chinese Historical Society of New England
China Trade Center, 2 Boylston Street (Suite G-3) Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Web site: www.chsne.org
Based in Boston’s Chinatown, CHSNE is an educational organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting the history and legacy of Chinese immigration in New England. By rediscovering the achievements of Chinese immigrants and reaffirming the value of personal trials and triumphs, the CHSNE intend to provide a healing place and a common ground for collective celebration and rejuvenation.
Kwong Kow Chinese School
87 Tyler Street, Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: 617-426-6716 / 617-678-3210
Web site: www.kwongkowschool.org
The Kwong Kow Chinese School’s mission is to disseminate Chinese language and culture to Chinese and non-Chinese learners through formal and informal learning opportunities. KKCS realizes its mission by: delivering Chinese language and cultural programs that capture the interest of early childhood, young, and adult learners; promoting cultural pride and identity for students of Chinese descent while helping them become contributing members of society; and encouraging human understanding from a local to global perspective through exposure to Chinese culture and Chinese as a second language.
The only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England, Sampan is published biweekly and distributed free-of-charge throughout metro Boston. It is the only comprehensive chronicle of local issues and events impacting Asian American communities.
Wang YMCA of Chinatown
8 Oak Street, Boston MA 02116
Telephone (617) 426-2237
Web site: www.ymcaboston.org/wang
A branch of the Greater Boston YMCA offering swimming, sports programs, gym and a variety of other programs such as martial arts and Chinese folk dance for children, teens, families and adults icluding seniors.
Other Boston Chinatown resources:
Videos from a Chinatown Banquet, a community-based video and oral history project that involved more than 100 members of the Chinatown community over more than 5 years. Web site: http://chinatownbanquet.org
The Institute for Asian American Studies at UMass Boston
brings together resources and expertise from both the campus and community to conduct research on Asian Americans, promote Asian-American community development, and support Asian-American studies on campus.
Web site: www.iaas.umb.edu