Families with Children from China New England

Boston’s Chinatown

Boston is home to New England’s only historically Chinese area and the nation’s fourth largest Chinatown. Today it 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 many individuals and families. It offers special opportunities for FCCNE families to get involved with and connect with larger aspects of Asian and Chinese American life.

We encourage all FCCNE families to support the efforts of Chinatown residents and organizations working to secure its future as an affordable neighborhood and preserve its rich culture and history.

Image above from Pao Arts Center Experience Chinatown Festival.

Asian American Civic Organization (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
We are a political home for pan-Asian communities in Greater Boston. We are a member-led organization committed to building grassroots power through political education, creative expression, and issue-based and neighborhood organizing.

Asian Community Development Corporation
We build affordable homes, empower families and strengthen communities. The livelihood of Greater Boston's neighborhoods is threatened by increased gentrification. We aim to protect these communities from rapid, luxury development, preserve their rich history and culture, and transform spaces by bringing people of all backgrounds together to live, work and play. We started in Boston's Chinatown and now serve Asian American immigrant populations throughout the Greater Boston area, including Malden and Quincy.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Since 1969, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) has been a vital presence in Greater Boston and beyond, empowering Asians and new immigrants to build healthy families, achieve greater economic success, and contribute to thriving communities. We provide a broad range of innovative programs and services centered around education, workforce development, family support, and arts and culture, leaving a significant and lasting impact on the lives of more than 13,000 children, youth, and adults every year.

Chinatown Main Street: A Boston Main Street Initiative
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. Sponsors free events in Chinatown throughout the year.

Chinese Progressive Association
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
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 (KKCS)
The Kwong Kow Chinese School is committed to promoting Chinese language and culture to Chinese and non-Chinese learners through formal and informal learning opportunities. KKCS delivers Chinese language and cultural programs that capture the interest of early childhood, young, and adult learners; promotes cultural pride and identity for students of Chinese descent while helping them become contributing members of society; and encourages human understanding from a local to global perspective through exposure to Chinese culture and Chinese as a second language. KKCS was founded in 1916 by the Chinese Merchants Association (the On Leong Merchants Association) to establish an educational institution to help maintain Chinese heritage among overseas Chinese. The school is the oldest one of its kind in Boston and one of the longest-running Chinese schools on the East Coast.

Pao Arts Center
Established in 2017 as Chinatown’s first arts and cultural center and Boston’s newly dedicated Asian American and Asian immigrant cultural space. 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.

Sampan Newspaper
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
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 including seniors.

Other Boston Chinatown resources:

Chinatown Atlas
A website project that documents and explores Boston Chinatown’s growth and change through time as told by personal stories, photos, maps, and interactive features. Seeks to understand and tell the story of Chinatown’s history, dynamics, and context, and to encourage future generations to appreciate the traditions and to preserve the community’s vitality. The Chinatown Atlas concept originated more than 20 years ago between MIT Professor Emeritus Tunney Lee and Randall Imai.

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.

Where to Eat in Boston's Chinatown - from Eater Boston
A listing of just a few of the restaurants to try in Boston's Chinatown - there are many and they all need your support!

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