Youth strive to stop smoking through art

Chinatown native Jason Liang, 11, drew a cigarette face with horns and a pitchfork, beside a haloed no-smoking sign. Liang’s angel and devil image won him a magnet design contest among 60 competitors this year. “I simply drew how dangerous cigarettes can cause and how not smoking can help you,” said Liang. Part of the Smoke Free Chinatown project organized by Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), the magnet design contest engages children in its after school program Red Oak to participate in the cause and raise awareness through art. Liang’s work will be turned into magnets and handed out with … Continue reading

BCNC welcomes new leadership

Boston, MA – Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) is excited to announce that as of 2019, Joann Yung (盧穎) has assumed the role of Director of Development, and Yoyo Yau (丘文蓉) has assumed the role of Director of Programs. Giles Li (李隆华), BCNC’s Executive Director, said, “I am so proud to celebrate our 50th year with this announcement, even more so because it reminds us of the importance of having a strong internal leadership pipeline. Both Joann and Yoyo have earned the respect of their peers by being committed, thoughtful, and trustworthy members of our community for many years. Because … Continue reading

Chinatown agency to offer child care training

By Bernadette Davidson, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center A life educating and caring for young children can be very rewarding. It is the  interactions that children have with adults that lay the foundation for their future growth and development. Children also benefit greatly from maintaining their home language and culture while acquiring English. As such, men and women with the passion to both teach our children and pass on Chinese culture are vital to the health of the Chinese community in the Boston area. To help with this issue, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) with the help of BNY Melon will … Continue reading

Seven parenting tips for successful young learners

  By Bernadette Davidson, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center All parents want their preschool children to be ready to learn and find success in life. The latest brain development research has surprising and hopeful information that can help support our children to be successful in school and in life. Research points to the importance of the early years when the brain architecture lays the foundation all growth and development builds upon. Children who receive responsive, respectful care in the first years of life in the context of loving relationships fare well. It is in the context of daily encounters between adults … Continue reading

Local after school program ready to enroll students

The Red Oak afterschool program, serving ages 5 to 13, of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Council has a goal of servicing 95 students. This fall there will be a group leader who will primarily focus on kids from middle school, rather than grouping the middle school kids with younger kids. “It is to help us serve our middle school programs better,” Tasha Chu, Red Oak program director, said. “So that it better meets their needs and focuses in better in where they are in their development.” For example, in excelling their literacy skills the elementary level partakes in read-a-louds, when … Continue reading