Asian Community Development Corporation – October 2023 Newsletter

October 2023 Newsletter

Dear Friends of ACDC,

The harrowing, ongoing conflict we are witnessing serves as a reminder to look after our neighbors and show care for one another. What systems and community values can we uphold (or break down) to ensure that individuals and families have safe and affordable homes, have the means to thrive and dream, feel a sense of belonging and connection with their neighbors, and play active roles in shaping their neighborhood? At ACDC, we all reflect on this often in our work on both micro and macro levels, and we are grateful to our many partners and supporters who share our commitment to investing in people and communities we call home.

The change of seasons coincides with some exciting updates and transitions at ACDC. We are excited for you to meet our new staff and share progress on our latest impacts in this month’s newsletter.

Warmly,

Angie Liou

Executive Director

🐉 Hudson Street Stoop 🔴

🎉 Opening Celebration for Dancing Dragon 🎉

We are overjoyed to invite you to the Opening Celebration of Hudson Street Stoop’s (HSS) second exhibit, Dancing Dragon by Katherine Chin and Parke MacDowell!

Inspired by traditional Chinese dragon dance, Dancing Dragon consists of a steel pavilion with a meandering canopy structure providing seating, shade, and armature for community activity. This FREE and family-friendly event will feature live entertainment, refreshments, arts and crafts, and an opportunity to meet the installation artists.

EVENT DETAILS

🗓 Date: Saturday, November 11, 2023

🕐 Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

📍 Where: One Greenway Park

66 – 88 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111 (view on a map)

☔️ Rain Date: Sun, Nov 12, 1-3 PM

RSVP Here
ABOUT HUDSON STREET STOOP

Hudson Street Streep (HSS) is an ANCHOR project where artists and residents co-create temporary art installations that transform One Greenway Park into an activated and inclusive neighborhood “stoop.” Our goals are to create art that reminds working-class individuals and families that they belong and honors the rich history of Chinatown.

ANCHOR is ACDC’s anti-displacement strategy that leverages arts, culture, and resident leadership to extend the edges of Chinatown and create spaces for healing and joy.

Learn More About HSS: Dancing Dragon
HSS 2023-25 is supported in part by:

Healthy Places by Design and their partners John Hancock, AARP Massachusetts, UMass Boston, the City of Boston Age Strong Commission, as well as Beyond Walls, the Beyer Blinder Belle Foundation, Boston Global Investors, Payette, Perkins+Will, and Utile.

We’d also like to thank our site partners Bozzuto, Maloney Properties, One Greenway, and Tufts University.

📑 ACDC Seeks Director of Real Estate 💻

📣 ACDC seeks a Director of Real Estate who 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 housing development, focusing 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.

Learn More

🏡 ACDC & The Community Builders 🏗

to Develop Parcel P-12C

The BPDA board recently voted to designate ACDC and The Community Builders as the developers to create affordable housing and public open space at Parcel P-12 C, located at 290 Tremont Street in Chinatown.

The current design by Stantec proposes 86 all-affordable rentals for households at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and 36 mixed-income condos. The proposal features three-bedroom units to help make Chinatown accessible to working-class families and a public open space to cultivate a more activated and socially connected neighborhood.

Stay tuned for more updates on future public presentations and engagement opportunities.

Rendering by Stantec

Learn More

👋 Meet Our New Staff ✨

From left to right: Cindy, Meika, and Jenny.

🎉 ACDC has welcomed new team members recently:

Cindy Lai, she/her, Office Manager

Before joining ACDC, Cindy was involved with a nonprofit to empower the next generation of Vietnamese leaders in New England. Cindy has organized campaigns to support and assist North American Vietnamese nonprofits and philanthropic organizations to better achieve their mission through collective and collaborative partnerships, events, and community building. Cindy graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s in Bilingual Education, focusing on ESL programming. She is bilingual in Vietnamese and English.

Meika Shuman, she/her, Mass Promise Fellow – Youth Programs Associate

As the 2023-2024 Massachusetts Promise Fellow, an AmeriCorps program, Meika will work with the high school-aged youth in A-VOYCE, ACDC’s youth leadership program. Born in Guangzhou, China, she was adopted in 2002 and moved to Burlington, Vermont. Meika earned her B.S. from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in neuroscience. She is excited to be part of the Chinatown community, explore Chinese culture, and get to know Malden, where she currently lives.

Jenny Huang, she/her, Director of Community Design & Planning

Jenny Huang joined ACDC as the Director of Community Design & Planning in late September 2023. She will be involved with the organization’s creative placekeeping, youth and resident leadership development, and open space work. Jenny is a second-generation Chinese American who is energized by efforts to build immigrant and working-class power and work towards longterm spatial justice. Originally from Indiana, Jenny earned a B.S./B.A. from Indiana University, an M. Phil from the University of Oxford, and is a doctoral candidate in political theory at the University of Oxford. Prior to joining ACDC, she was a civic engagement practitioner in Chicago and worked on social policy in South Bend. Jenny is a heritage Mandarin speaker.

🛝 October SaturPLAY

📸 ft. Humans of Chinatown

SaturPLAY

SaturPLAY is ACDC’s youth-led placekeeping program where local students collaborate with ACDC and the Greenway to plan crafts and activities for Chinatown families. Once a month from spring to fall, our SaturPLAY youth (aka SaturPALS) host an event at Mary Soo Hoo Park on the Greenway. This month, Saturplay is partnering with the Humans of Chinatown project for a pop-up event!

🗓 Saturday, October 28

🕐 1:00 – 3:00 pm

📍 Mary Soo Hoo Park on the Greenway

HUMANS OF CHINATOWN is a portrait and interview series for the Chinatown Cultural Plan. They are collecting stories of what makes Chinatown sacred to you. In collaboration with A-VOYCE’s SaturPLAY event at Mary Soo Hoo Park on the Greenway, they will be offering an opportunity to have your portrait taken by photographer Mel Taing and to share your story through an audio interview. Mel will be sending your portrait to you via email after the event date. You’re free to share the photo with friends and family or even get it printed.

Artist team Mel Taing, Lily Xie, and Heang Rubin will be developing creative documentation such as a short animation to share your portraits and stories as part of the Chinatown Cultural Plan. Mel will be sending your portrait to you via email after the event date. You’re free to share the photo with friends and family or even get it printed.

The Chinatown Cultural Plan is a project created in partnership with the Asian Community Development Corporation, Chinatown Community Land Trust, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Pao Arts Center, and Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. The plan will be anchored by a collective vision that identifies the culture, history and heritage of Boston Chinatown with a policy agenda that links to the 2020 Master Plan’s goals for housing, mobility, health, environmental justice and open space. The Chinatown Cultural Plan will include an updated inventory of the neighborhood’s cultural assets and strategies to preserve and expand cultural and artistic vitality in Chinatown.

🥮 Mid Autumn Cultural Festival Recap 🐇

We had a great turnout at last month’s Mid Autumn Cultural Festival at Chinatown Backyard! Community members enjoyed games, arts & crafts activities, moon cake tasing, and story time. Thank you to all of our partners and supporters for making this event possible.
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