Inside Chinatown Project
Jan
1
to Jun 30

Inside Chinatown Project

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Credit Katie Salisbury

Credit Katie Salisbury

Ever wanted to tell your own Boston Chinatown story? Learn how you can develop your photography and storytelling skills with the Pao Arts Center, UMass Boston, and photographer Katie Salisbury.

The Inside Chinatown project, which will take place from January to June 2019, invites 10 - 12 community members to tell their story and history through photography. Learn about photography and how to contribute to the history of Chinatown.

Each participant will receive a $350 honorarium.

Participants will:

  • Attend 6 workshops (once a month) from January to June 2019

  • Learn about history and contemporary culture of Chinatown

  • Learn how to take photographs from a professional photographer

  • Take photos of Chinatown

  • Meet with mentors to talk about the photos

  • Select photos which will go on display at the Pao Arts Center in Fall 2019.

To learn more and to apply:

PDF Application form in English and Chinese.

Apply online by November 15.

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About the Artist: Katie Salisbury is a storyteller based in Brooklyn, NY. She's a writer, editor, and photographer whose work has appeared in Marie Claire, VICE, Refinery29, Lucky Peach, Roads & Kingdoms, On Being, The Rumpus, the Asian American Writers' Workshop, and elsewhere. Most recently, she was an editorial fellow at Guernica magazine. As a Spring 2017 TED Resident, she gave a TED Talk titled "As American as Chop Suey" about her photojournalism project on Chinese restaurant workers in New York. In 2016 she contributed to the documentary project She Is Syria, which chronicled the stories of women and girl refugees. Previously, she edited award-winning books for Amazon Publishing and HarperCollins. Originally from Southern California, Katie is half Chinese and half Anglo-Irish.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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On View: Beyond Expectations
Jan
11
to Mar 30

On View: Beyond Expectations

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Cultured Interactions: Continuum: Concatenation 02, Guhapriya Ranganathan, 2017

Organized by Dan Jay and Mary Y. Lee, Beyond Expectations showcases works of art from community members regardless of professional training, and tells the stories of how they have worked beyond the expectations of their family or society to fulfill their personal passion for art. The exhibition features works that investigate Asian American and Asian immigrant cultures and engages with the Boston Asian American communities. A variety of artistic media are represented.

Featuring:

Matthew Chan

Zoila Coc-Chang

Dan Jay

Mary Y. Lee

Guhapriya Ranganathan

Yu-Wen Wu

About the Curators:

Co-curators Mary Y Lee and Dan Jay fulfilled family expectations by attaining success in academic medicine as the children of Asian immigrants. However, both have artistic souls and pursued art within the limits of their academic paths. Mary waited until stepping down from her Associate Provost and Dean positions at Tufts before committing consistent time as an artist. Dan, who is currently Dean of the Sackler School for Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts, had parallel careers in art and science with science dominating his life up until the last five years.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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On View: Community Circles
Mar
1
to Dec 31

On View: Community Circles

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We are excited to partner with the Boston Children’s Museum to present the BCNC Community Circles exhibit! Children and staff from BCNC created a community art piece led by artist Shaina Lu that will be on display at Boston Children's Museum from March - December 2019. Join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony on March 1st at 5:15pm!

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Butterflies
Mar
2
to Mar 23

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Butterflies

Butterflies have long captured the imaginations of people across the world in stories and as symbols. They play an important role in ecosystems regenerating every spring. Awaken your appreciation for nature and culture with Xiaoyong Liu as you paint these colorful insects using Chinese watercolor materials and techniques.

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Class will be held on Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23.

Register for the series by Saturday, February 23.

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Calligraphy Across Cultures
Mar
7
to Mar 21

Calligraphy Across Cultures

Chinese & Farsi calligraphy by Rayna Lo (left); Arabic calligraphy by Hajj Wafaa (middle); English calligraphy (right)

Chinese & Farsi calligraphy by Rayna Lo (left); Arabic calligraphy by Hajj Wafaa (middle); English calligraphy (right)

Shape words, language, and culture in this three part series with Arabic, Chinese, and English language calligraphers.

Materials will be provided. 

This series is Pay What You Can. We at the Pao Arts Center hope to support the arts and enrich the community. Any contributions you make go to support a fair wage for the teaching artists, materials, facility costs, as well as other students. We believe that arts and culture should be for anyone who experiences a budding or blazing interest.

About the Artists: 

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Rayna Lo was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Fueled by her passion to connect more to her Taiwanese heritage, she began learning traditional Chinese calligraphy to help bridge the gap. The memory of taking a Chinese paint brush class during her childhood Chinese school studies had prompted her to investigate the tools. She was also looking for a way for her to connect to her childhood; nurturing this blurry memory was a way for her to hold on to any culture that had been passed down to her. The study of the craft has led her to explore other art forms such as western calligraphy, painting, and illustration. She now resides in Boston, MA.

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Hajj Wafaa born and raised in the old town of the city of Kufa in Iraq. He learned calligraphy from his uncle who was writing on fabric for businesses. In 1986, he started scripting ”thuluth”— the hardest style in Arabic calligraphy. Since then, he didn't stop learning and has mastered the most common styles of Arabic calligraphy. He graduated from Gibbs Boston in 2008 and holds a degree in Visual Communication-Graphic and Web Design. He teaches calligraphy in the greater Boston area. The year 2009 marks the first class he taught at ISBCC in the city of Boston. Now, he is teaching calligraphy for middle-high school at Al-Noor Academy. This fall, he will teaching at Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA. He has additionally hosted many workshops in and around Boston, MA— like at MFA, Harvard, Boston College, and more.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Community Karaoke Night
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Community Karaoke Night

Photo credit: Tina Xu

Photo credit: Tina Xu

Take the mic, push your friends to the stage front, and belt out some old favorites or catchy new songs with your neighbors! Gather at the Pao Arts Center on the last Thursday evening of each month to sing and share time with community members in Chinatown.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Trumpet Vine
Mar
30
to Apr 20

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Trumpet Vine

Trumpet vine is a wild growth that rambles up structures and trees. The vibrant sunset flowers that bloom each year are unmistakable and truly a sight to behold. Create beautiful paintings to practice your hand at Chinese watercolor and have something to bring home or share as a gift.

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Class will be held on Saturdays, March 30 & April 6, 13, and 20.

Register for the series by Saturday, March 23.

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Meet the Author: Vanessa Hua
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Author: Vanessa Hua

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Pao Arts Center is proud to present author of A River of Stars, Vanessa Hua, on Thursday, April 4th.

ABOUT A RIVER OF STARS

In a powerful debut novel about modern-day motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman makes her way to California and stakes a claim to the American dream.

A River of Stars has been named as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, NPR and Real Simple.


Holed up with other mothers-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she’s carrying his baby. Already married with three daughters, Boss Yeung is overjoyed because the doctors have confirmed that he will finally have the son he has always wanted. To ensure that his child has every advantage, Boss Yeung has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil. U.S. citizenship will open doors for their little prince.

As Scarlett awaits the baby’s arrival, she chokes down bitter medicinal stews and spars with her imperious housemates. The only one who fits in even less is Daisy, a spirited teenager and fellow unwed mother who is being kept apart from her American boyfriend.

Then a new sonogram of Scarlett’s baby reveals the unexpected. Panicked, she escapes by hijacking a van—only to discover that she has a stowaway: Daisy, who intends to track down the father of her child. The two flee to San Francisco’s bustling Chinatown, where Scarlett will join countless immigrants desperately trying to seize their piece of the American dream. What Scarlett doesn’t know is that her baby’s father is not far behind her.

A River of Stars
 is an entertaining, wildly unpredictable adventure, told with empathy and wit by an author the San Francisco Chronicle says “has a deep understanding of the pressure of submerged emotions and polite, face-saving deceptions.” It’s a vivid examination of home and belonging, and a moving portrayal of a woman determined to build her own future.

Suggested donation for the event: $10. Doors will open at 6 pm, the event will begin at 6:30 pm. Vanessa Hua will read selections from her book, to be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for sale at the event.

Photo credit: Andria Lo

Photo credit: Andria Lo

About the Author:
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a novel, A River of Stars, and a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. A Bay Area native, she works and teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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In the Kitchen: Chicken Curry
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: Chicken Curry

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Savor a flavorful batch of chicken curry that is sure to warm your stomachs and learn the labor of love that goes into making and feeding oneself and others. In this workshop, Chavi will be sharing her family recipe of curry chicken using healthy ingredients while about the benefits of ingredients and spices used.

The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

This season’s other workshops in the In the Kitchen series are: March 2: Wontons & May: Vegetarian/ Vegan Beancurd Rolls.

About the Artist: Born and brought up in India, Chavi Bansal is an artist, educator, personal trainer, and yoga teacher. Her passions include: seeing people happy and healthy, building communities, and sharing nutritional information about everyday food. She has conducted many workshops including: Eating healthy under a budget, Nutritional cooking, and Healthy Simple Indian food.

She has been teaching classes at Roxbury tenants of Harvard in Boston and would love to bring some of her successful recipes to BCNC. To know more about Chavi please check out : https://www.chavibansalyoga.com/  and https://www.chavibansal.org/.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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In partnership with Company One Theatre (C1): VIETGONE Studio Session
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

In partnership with Company One Theatre (C1): VIETGONE Studio Session

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Part happy hour, part exploration of the rehearsal process, this is your chance to get a first look at Company One Theatre (C1)'s production of VIETGONE prior to opening night.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Looking at Power and Privilege - A BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show
Apr
10
to May 18

Looking at Power and Privilege - A BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show

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POWER and PRIVILEGE — This exhibition explores the extant tension and structural limitations of the concepts of “power” and “privilege” as they are commonly perceived in historically determined meanings and contemporary, socially conscious interrogations. These works are intended to both expand and challenge awareness of current issues, institutions and individualized paradigms which restrict, impair or otherwise confine equity, justice and liberty, both locally and globally.

Through their distinct technical skill and conceptual fluency, each artist celebrates individual form and personal interpretation. No one subject, medium, technique or style is duplicated or subjected to a confrontational hierarchy; each artist has chosen to engage in an often uncomfortable dialogue between diverging perspectives and potent expressions/experiences of power and privilege.

Curated by Julio S. Flores, Associate Professor in the Visual and Media Arts Department.

Featuring twelve Visual and Media Arts Department faculty members, Bunker Hill Community College. Participating faculty artists include Yong Chen, Gary Duehr,  Erica Flores, Julio S. Flores, Tamblyn Griffiths, James Lambert, Liza Lynch, James “Ari” Montford, Claire Roll, Marc Schepens Abigail Wamboldt and Katie Wild.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy

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Acclaimed songwriter musician Julian Saporiti brings his No-No Boy project, an innovative blend of music and scholarship, to Pao Arts Center. Working from years of doctoral research at Brown University, Saporiti has transformed Asian American histories into an immersive multimedia concert using original folk songs and archival projections to create what NPR has called "an act of revisionist subversion." This concert will focus on a selection of songs from Saporiti's vast catalogue that highlight his family's history as Vietnamese refugees, as well as a suite of songs that look at diverse stories from North America's Chinatowns. 

Suggested donation for the event: $10. All proceeds support arts programming at the Pao Arts Center.

About the Artists:

No-No Boy is a multimedia concert featuring the music of singer/songwriter Julian Saporiti. Inspired by his doctoral research at Brown University, as well as his experiences growing up as the son of a Vietnamese refugee in Tennessee, Saporiti’s original songs, interwoven amongst stories he has collected through the years, are performed against a backdrop of projections displaying archival photographs and films. No-No Boy creates an immersive experience which shines a light on diverse but interconnected histories: WWII Japanese Incarceration, southeast Asian refugees, and kids in middle-America making sense of hyphenated identities.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Community Karaoke Night
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Community Karaoke Night

Photo credit: Tina Xu

Photo credit: Tina Xu

Take the mic, push your friends to the stage front, and belt out some old favorites or catchy new songs with your neighbors! Gather at the Pao Arts Center on the last Thursday evening of each month to sing and share time with community members in Chinatown.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Opening Night: VIETGONE
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Opening Night: VIETGONE

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Join us for the opening night of VIETGONE!

In collaboration with Company One Theatre (C1), we proudly present:

VIETGONE
by Qui Nguyen (She Kills Monsters)
Directed by Michelle Aguillon

Qui’s parents always told him they fell in love at first sight—but really, it was just a hook up. After the fall of Saigon. In a refugee camp. In Arkansas.

A kinda-true love story with a hip-hop heart, Vietgone is a hilarious ride from Marvel Studios writer Qui Nguyen, who mixes music and memory to pin down his own origin story.

Exuberantly youthful... a punch-drunk mash-up of hip-hop, road movies, sex farce and Vietnamese-American history. Oh, also kick-ass fights…” — Time Out New York

Check out C1’s website for more about the production:

https://companyone.org/production/vietgone/

You can purchase tickets here:

https://www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/vietgone/

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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VIETGONE
Apr
27
to May 25

VIETGONE

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Company One Theatre (C1), in collaboration with Pao Arts Center presents:

VIETGONE
by Qui Nguyen (She Kills Monsters)
Directed by Michelle Aguillon

Qui’s parents always told him they fell in love at first sight—but really, it was just a hook up. After the fall of Saigon. In a refugee camp. In Arkansas.

A kinda-true love story with a hip-hop heart, Vietgone is a hilarious ride from Marvel Studios writer Qui Nguyen, who mixes music and memory to pin down his own origin story.

Exuberantly youthful... a punch-drunk mash-up of hip-hop, road movies, sex farce and Vietnamese-American history. Oh, also kick-ass fights…” — Time Out New York

Check out C1’s website for more about the production:

https://companyone.org/production/vietgone/

You can purchase tickets here:

https://www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/vietgone/

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Meet the Artists: Chef Jason Wang & Floral Designer Teresa Fung
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Artists: Chef Jason Wang & Floral Designer Teresa Fung

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Ever want to learn how to reach your creative dreams? Come meet two local stars, US MasterChef finalist and TV food personality Jason Wang and floral designer and Instagram star Teresa Fung. These talented artists will share their journeys and demonstrate their craft.

$75 ticket includes beer and wine plus dinner from a local Pan-Asian restaurant. Seating is limited, so register today!

Deadline for registration is Thursday, April 25, 2019. All proceeds support arts programming at the Pao Arts Center.

 
 
 
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About the Artist: Jason Wang travels nationally and internationally as a chef, television host, food personality and educator.  Born and raised in the Boston area by parents who immigrated from Taiwan and China, Jason is best known for his nature-inspired plated dishes that fuse Western techniques with fresh Asian-themed flavors. In 2017, Jason was Runner-Up on the FOX Network’s ‘MasterChef US’ Season 8 hosted by celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sánchez, and Christina Tosi. Judges made special note of Jason’s innovative flavors & artistic presentations and commended him for bringing an important global food awareness to American audiences.

Praised by Gordon Ramsay for having an encyclopedic food knowledge, Jason currently travels around the world giving lectures, holding classes and appearing as a frequent television guest on food-related programming. His ongoing projects include hosting his own show ‘Jason on Mission - 傑出任務’ on the FOX Taiwan Networks and other food and travel programs throughout Asia. Jason’s passion is to teach people how to incorporate unfamiliar ingredients into everyday cooking with an artistic eye for presentation.

When not working in the food world, Jason can be heard as a classical vocalist with Boston Baroque and other professional music ensembles in the Boston area. For more information: @jasonjangywang

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About the Artist: Teresa Yang Fung is principal & owner of Mimosa Fresh Flower Design located in Boston’s South End. Twice-named by Boston Magazine as Best of Boston Wedding Florist and also one of the top 10 Best Wedding Instagrammers, Teresa is known for bringing lush, textured, and organic floral design to high-end weddings and events in Boston. Teresa also has a heart for helping at-risk girls in Boston and gives 10% of Mimosa’s proceeds to organizations helping these girls. She also employs at-risk girls in her business, and is currently in the midst of connecting other small businesses with similar interns. As a child Teresa studied classical piano and voice for many years. She majored in International Relations at Tufts University and holds an M.Ed in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Floral arranging was a hobby she picked up after college, doing flowers for friends' weddings. She is mostly self-taught, but has taken classes over the years with: Sarah Winward, Amy Merrick, Amy Osaba, and Michael George. Her most recent floral work can be seen here: @mimosaboston

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Jean Quintal | 617-603-2540

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Welcoming Reception: Looking at Power and Privilege - A BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Welcoming Reception: Looking at Power and Privilege - A BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show

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POWER and PRIVILEGE — This exhibition explores the extant tension and structural limitations of the concepts of “power” and “privilege” as they are commonly perceived in historically determined meanings and contemporary, socially conscious interrogations. These works are intended to both expand and challenge awareness of current issues, institutions and individualized paradigms which restrict, impair or otherwise confine equity, justice and liberty, both locally and globally.

Through their distinct technical skill and conceptual fluency, each artist celebrates individual form and personal interpretation. No one subject, medium, technique or style is duplicated or subjected to a confrontational hierarchy; each artist has chosen to engage in an often uncomfortable dialogue between diverging perspectives and potent expressions/experiences of power and privilege.

Curated by Julio S. Flores, Associate Professor in the Visual and Media Arts Department.

Featuring twelve Visual and Media Arts Department faculty members, Bunker Hill Community College. Participating faculty artists include Yong Chen, Gary Duehr,  Erica Flores, Julio S. Flores, Tamblyn Griffiths, James Lambert, Liza Lynch, James “Ari” Montford, Claire Roll, Marc Schepens Abigail Wamboldt and Katie Wild.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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In the Kitchen: Vegetarian/ Vegan Beancurd Rolls
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: Vegetarian/ Vegan Beancurd Rolls

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Wrap beancurd (also known as tofu skin) around shredded vegetables to create delicious Chinese vegetarian/ vegan rolls to please your palate. Mmm!

The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

This season’s other workshops in the In the Kitchen series are: March 2: Wontons & April 6: Chicken Curry.

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About the Artist: Forra Yee Ngor Yu is currently employed as a Tax Compliance Officer at Wealth Manager Services. She immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in 1978.

One of her greatest passions is serving her community. She is currently Treasurer of the Malden Lions Club. Also, she served in the Chinatown Lions Club Chapter as President (2013-14). In the past several years, she has volunteered at many events including the Christmas celebration and fundraising events for the YMCA of Greater Boston, New Year’s celebration for Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) (2008-18), and for Bread of Life in Malden during which she distributes Thanksgiving meals during November. The volunteer work has been very rewarding and for filling at a personal level for her.

Her many interests include: cooking, red envelope art, decorating the office during the holiday seasons with handmade arts and crafts, Zumba, kickboxing, jewelry design, and traveling.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Pandas
May
4
to May 25

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Pandas

Pandas have been admired lumbering around and eating bamboo in the mountains of China. Because of how people are changing the way they live, this species’ survival is dependent on conservation efforts. Take advantage of the opportunity to paint these lovable animals using Chinese watercolor techniques in May.

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Class will be held on Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Register for the series by Saturday, April 27.

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Community Karaoke Night
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Community Karaoke Night

Photo credit: Tina Xu

Photo credit: Tina Xu

Take the mic, push your friends to the stage front, and belt out some old favorites or catchy new songs with your neighbors! Gather at the Pao Arts Center on the last Thursday evening of each month to sing and share time with community members in Chinatown.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Dragon Boat Racing with the Bamboo Circle
Jun
8
to Jun 9

Dragon Boat Racing with the Bamboo Circle

Bamboo Circle is recruiting a team of 20 paddlers to participate in the 40th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival on June 8 - 9, 2019. Meet new friends while getting a killer workout and supporting a great cause! No experience is needed.

Please complete the below interest form as soon as possible. Registrations will be received on a rolling basis until March 31st, 2019.

Eligible team members will:

  • Attend the Dragon Boat Festival on June 8-9. 2019

  • Commit to raising $250 for BCNC's Youth Center

  • Attend at least three practices

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Reminder: No experience required to participate.
When are you available to practice? *
Practices will take place in May.
Are you interested in becoming a drummer or steerer? *
Are you an employee of Wells Fargo?

Contact: Julia Deng | 617-635-5129 x1098

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Community Karaoke Night
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Community Karaoke Night

Photo credit: Tina Xu

Photo credit: Tina Xu

Take the mic, push your friends to the stage front, and belt out some old favorites or catchy new songs with your neighbors! Gather at the Pao Arts Center on the last Thursday evening of each month to sing and share time with community members in Chinatown.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Quincy Family Fun Fair
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Quincy Family Fun Fair

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Join us for our annual Quincy Family Fun Fair with free activities for the whole family, including our signature watermelon-eating contest!

The day will also feature a reunion for BCNC Child Care Programs.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jean Quintal, 617-603-2540.

 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors

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Platinum Sponsors

Nancy Wang Adams and Scott A Schoen

Eleanor and Frank Pao

The Blossom Fund

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Acorn, Red Oak, and Family Child Care Program Reunion
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Acorn, Red Oak, and Family Child Care Program Reunion

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Join us for our Acorn, Red Oak, and Family Child Care program reunions! If you have been a teacher, staff, alum, volunteer, or parent at any of BCNC’s childcare programs, we’d love to see you there!

Our reunion will take place at the Quincy Family Fun Fair.

Please register by June 21st for this free event so we know you are coming. The first 50 people to register for one of our program reunions will get a small thank-you gift from BCNC. Follow this event on Facebook to get updates.

Contact: Julia Deng | 617-635-5129 x1098

Host Committee: Lai Chan, Kathy Cheng, Peter Kiang, Denise Lau, Jeff Wong, Sheila Wong, Victoria Yue

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Community Karaoke Night
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Community Karaoke Night

Photo credit: Tina Xu

Photo credit: Tina Xu

Take the mic, push your friends to the stage front, and belt out some old favorites or catchy new songs with your neighbors! Gather at the Pao Arts Center on the last Thursday evening of each month to sing and share time with community members in Chinatown.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Youth & Recreation Program Reunion
Aug
3
12:30 PM12:30

Youth & Recreation Program Reunion

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If you’ve been a teacher, staff, alum, volunteer, or parent at BCNC’s Youth Center or Recreation programs, we’d love to see you at this event! Reconnect with old friends at our 50th anniversary program reunion. More details TBD.

Please register by July 30th for this free event so we know you are coming.  The first 50 people to register will get a small thank-you gift from BCNC.  Follow this event on Facebook to get updates.

Contact: Julia Deng | 617-635-5129 x1098

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Adult Education Program Reunion
Oct
19
2:00 PM14:00

Adult Education Program Reunion

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Join us for our Adult Ed program reunion! If you’ve been a teacher, staff, alum, volunteer, or parent at our Adult Ed program, we’d love to see you there! More details TBD.

Please register by October 14th for this free event so that we know you are coming. The first 50 people to register will get a small thank-you gift from BCNC. Follow this event on Facebook to get more updates.


Contact: Julia Deng | 617-635-5129 x1098

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Hot Pot with Bamboo Circle
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Hot Pot with Bamboo Circle

Come join our young professionals volunteer group for a fun hot pot lunch! All proceeds from this team-building event will support BCNC’s Youth Center programs. We will meet in BCNC’s fourth floor boardroom.

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RESCHEDULED: In the Kitchen: Wontons
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

RESCHEDULED: In the Kitchen: Wontons

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Photos by Forra Yu

This workshop has been rescheduled from March 2 to March 16.

Love mouthwatering dumplings? Come try a variety of dumplings filled with pork and shrimp known as wontons! Students will learn to prepare two variations: steamed and deep-fried. Mmm!

The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

This season’s other workshops in the In the Kitchen series are: April 6: Chicken Curry & May 4: Vegetarian/ Vegan Beancurd Rolls.

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About the Artist: Forra Yee Ngor Yu is currently employed as a Tax Compliance Officer at Wealth Manager Services. She immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in 1978.

One of her greatest passions is serving her community. She is currently Treasurer of the Malden Lions Club. Also, she served in the Chinatown Lions Club Chapter as President (2013-14). In the past several years, she has volunteered at many events including the Christmas celebration and fundraising events for the YMCA of Greater Boston, New Year’s celebration for Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) (2008-18), and for Bread of Life in Malden during which she distributes Thanksgiving meals during November. The volunteer work has been very rewarding and for filling at a personal level for her.

Her many interests include: cooking, red envelope art, decorating the office during the holiday seasons with handmade arts and crafts, Zumba, kickboxing, jewelry design, and traveling.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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PRX Podcast: Is This Thing On? An Orientation to Podcasting at Pao Arts Center
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

PRX Podcast: Is This Thing On? An Orientation to Podcasting at Pao Arts Center

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Ever wanted to learn about the world of podcasting? Or to start your own podcast? We have something for you! PRX Podcast Garage will be holding their podcast orientation at the Pao Arts Center in March.

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. In this orientation, PRX Podcast Garage will equip you with the knowledge and lingo to begin your podcast journey. 

More than 650 people have attended PRX’s popular orientation with the intention of starting their audio journey. After this orientation, you will know:

  • The landscape of podcast makers, distributors, and listeners

  • How to identify different podcast styles

  • The seven steps of producing a podcast - including gear, software, and setting up your RSS Feed

  • What support the PRX Podcast Garage can offer you

Tickets are $10.

To sign up, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/is-this-thing-on-an-orientation-to-podcasting-at-pao-arts-center-tickets-55000003491

About PRX:

PRX is a leading media company, shaping the future of audio by connecting talented producers with their most engaged, supportive audiences. PRX builds technology and creates cutting-edge content that reaches millions of listeners worldwide.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Bamboo Circle x Limelight | Karaoke

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Bamboo Circle x Limelight | Karaoke Fundraiser on March 7, 2019, 7pm-9pm

Think you have a great set of pipes? Prove it! Want to take your singing to the next level? Let's do it!

Join the Bamboo Circle in a Karaoke fundraiser to benefit the BCNC! From 7pm-9pm on Thursday, March 7, we will be in Room 1 of Limelight mingling and singing the night away. This event is a great opportunity for seasoned vocalists and beginners alike. This private room provides a great opportunity for non-vocalists to socialize and get to know other Bamboo Circle members and supporters (see: https://www.boston.com/culture/arts/2017/05/26/where-to-karaoke-in-boston-according-to-an-expert).

Register now to lock in the early-bird registration fee of $20/person. Day-of, on-site registration will also be available at $25/person. Your registration guarantees you a slot (or more!) in the spotlight, an enthusiastic audience, and snacks. Does not include extra food or drinks. All proceeds will benefit the BCNC youth center.

Details:

When: Thursday, March 7 from 7pm-9pm

Where: Limelight Stage and Studios; 204 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

Who: You! Open to the public

Why: To benefit the BCNC youth center

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Leavings/Belongings: Community Open House
Mar
4
6:00 PM18:00

Leavings/Belongings: Community Open House

Credit: Yu-Wen Wu

Credit: Yu-Wen Wu

Join Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu in the Leavings/Belongings project and gather together to create while sharing stories of your families' and your own immigration experiences!

Inspired by the tradition of storytelling while making, the bundle-making project engages women from various immigrant and refugee communities in the making of symbolic “bundles.” Through the act of making together, participants can share stories. These anomalously shaped cloth wrapped bundles may represent what is left behind, and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope, dreams. Throughout these sessions, these bundles will be exhibited collectively in public spaces to generate conversation, dialogue, and bridges across experiences, generations, and ethnicity. The bundles will contribute to the project Leavings/Belongings.

Materials are provided. Feel free to contribute to the project by bringing fabric meaningful to your personal or your family's journey.

Join us for our Community Open House!

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About the Artist:

Yu-Wen Wu is a Boston-based interdisciplinary artist. Born in Taipei, Wu came to the United States at the age of seven. Her work is informed by this bi-cultural upbringing — the eastern and western influences in life and art.

Wu’s current work explores the issues of Displacement, Assimilation and Individual and National Identity. Through video, installation, drawing and sculpture she challenges our impressions of accuracy and storytelling. Compositing imagery, she draws together the natural world and social movement, on both a personal and global scale. She approached her own experiences of immigration and other culturally specific happenings by presenting them as a series of inevitable occurrences. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards, exhibiting museums and galleries nationally and internationally, and in many public and private collections.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Bamboo Circle Ski Trip to Pats Peak
Mar
2
12:00 PM12:00

Bamboo Circle Ski Trip to Pats Peak

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Ski and snowboard with the Bamboo Circle while contributing to a great cause! This event is a great opportunity for first-timers and pros alike.

Your registration includes transportation to and from the Boston area (Lechmere, Malden Center, Back Bay, Jamaica Plain/Roxbury, North Quincy, Central Square), lift ticket (3p-10p), equipment rentals, snowtubing (5p-9p), and tips in the beginner areas. It does not include food/drink, helmet rentals ($10), clothing, goggles, or formal lessons. Departure time is approximately at noon and we'll return before midnight. All proceeds will benefit the BCNC Youth Center. 

To sign up to be picked up and dropped off, please fill out this form.

Spots are limited so please register and fill out the pickup/dropoff form soon. The final date to register is 2/26.

In the event of extreme weather conditions, a full refund will be provided.

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Meet the Artists: Chef Irene Li of Mei Mei Kitchen and Food Artist David Ma
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Artists: Chef Irene Li of Mei Mei Kitchen and Food Artist David Ma

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Mix and mingle with James Beard Rising Star Chef Irene Li and Food Artist, David Ma for a very lively and unforgettable evening of eating and food play. Local chef Irene Li dispenses anecdotes of her career, the popular food truck and line out the door, Mei Mei Kitchen as well as their first cookbook, Double Awesome Chinese Food. Food artist, David Ma, shares his creative journey from film director to Instagram star along with demonstrations and tips on making food drool-worthy and Instagrammable.

$75 ticket includes autographed copy of the book, Double Awesome Chinese Food, delicious bites from Mei Mei Kitchen and drinks. Seating is limited, so register today!

We have a few seats left so register today!.

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About the Artist: Irene Li operates Mei Mei Street Kitchen & Mei Mei Restaurant in Boston. The award-winning food businesses merge modern techniques and multicultural cuisine with local foods and sustainable business practices. Mei Meiʼs creative, farm-driven, Chinese American food has been featured in Food & Wine, Eater Boston & Eater National, The New York Times, Restaurant Hospitality, People, Bon Appetit, The Boston Globe, and more. Ireneʼs life experiences range from organic farming to prison education and many things in between, and while she never expected a life in the restaurant industry, her desire to create change and care for those around her remains constant. She is an Eater Young Gun winner, Zagat and Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, and a four-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef semi-finalist. @meimeiboston

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About the Artist: David Ma brings a mix of fun, style, and character to his film making. David’s unique approach to food, is due in large part to his unique background. He began his culinary career as a food stylist, with an eye for finding the beauty in all foods—from high-end dishes to a grilled cheese. Before entering the food world, he also worked as an agency creative at Droga5, TBWA & 360i, which taught him the importance of both a great concept and the execution of that idea. David aims to create films as fun as they are drool-worthy. His latest viral project, Food Films, was an original series that transformed dull cooking videos into the styles of iconic directors like Wes Anderson, Michael Bay, Quentin Tarantino and Alfonso Cuaron. The project received over 10 million views on Facebook and YouTube. @davidma

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR BETTY SZETO!

Contact: Jean Quintal | 617-603-2540

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In the Kitchen: My Love Tea 101: Tea & Love
Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

In the Kitchen: My Love Tea 101: Tea & Love

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Tea is a staple in Chinese kitchens and tables. Come take this workshop to taste and learn about the ceremonial role of tea in Chinese culture.

Stay for other family-friendly activities happening on February 17 to celebrate the New Year.

The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

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About the Artist: Dr. Xingcai Zhang is a research fellow at Harvard/MIT. He was the President of the World Tea Organization, North American Chinese Tea Association, and mylovetea.com. He was invited by Chinese Consul Generals to lead the national-level tea fest and talk about the science and health benefits of tea for the United States President George H. W. Bush`s family. He introduced the World Tea Day to United Nation Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. He is invited to work on the Nature Tea Outlook for Nature journal. He is a Springer Nature Editor and a Nature Nano Ambassador. Dr. Zhang also serves as a science writer for Elsevier Materials Today and Royal Society of Chemistry, and as an advisory board member for Wiley, an editorial board member or guest editor for high-impact scientific journals. Dr. Zhang finished his Ph.D. in natural products based nanomedicine and published around 40 high-impact international journal papers. Dr. Zhang is known as Dr. Tea and had been invited to give lectures/tea ceremonies at Harvard, MIT, BU, Tufts etc multiple times and had been reported by Harvard Political Review, China Daily USA, Fox News Radio, Boston.com, Boston Globe, Bostonese, China Radio International etc. hundreds of times. Dr. Zhang had also organized world tea summit and played a major role in a famous tea documentary. Dr. Zhang has composed more than 1000 Chinese Tang Dynasty-style poems including tea poems and some of them have been translated into English. Dr. Zhang can be reached at 2253041387(phone), mylovetea@outlook.com.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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 Lunar New Year Celebration
Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Lunar New Year Celebration

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Photo Credit Steven Sulewski.

Boston's Chinatown hosts the biggest Lunar New Year parade in New England with troupes of colorful lion dance dancers ringing in the Year of the Pig. Huddle indoors at BCNC’s new Pao Arts Center in Chinatown and let your creative and artistic impulses flourish during the New Year!

Drop in for free family-friendly activities from 11:00am-3:00pm including Chinese and English calligraphy demonstrations and exhibition tours. Drop-in Lion Dance workshops run at 12:15pm, 1:15pm, and 2:15pm.

Learn how to make dumplings, a traditional new year dish. Click here to register for this fee-based workshop on February 17, 11:00am.

Soothe your throat and taste tea. Click here to register for this fee-based workshop on February 17, 1:00pm.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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In the Kitchen: Dumplings
Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: Dumplings

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Photo Credit: Vania Chan

Learn how to make, fold, shape, and cook dumplings with local BCNC community member YuYan Su. Dumplings are a popular Chinese dish for the new year. YuYan Su will be teaching two recipes: one that appeals to traditional palates as well as her own delicious, unique Chinese American recipe. 

Stay for other family-friendly activities happening on February 17 to celebrate the New Year.

The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

NOTE: Registration for this event has reached its capacity. Please contact Vania Chan for more information.

About the Artist: YuYan Su came to the United States with her parents in 2001. She worked in the Boston Market for nine years. During her time of work there, whenever she saw customers enjoy the food, she was filled with a kind of fulfillment and happiness. That was the beginning of when her interest in cooking blossomed. Once during a BCNC Cooking Matters class, the teacher gave her a chance to lead and instruct. This opportunity was the moment that made her fall in love with the atmosphere of learning to cook with everyone.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Meet the Author: Last Boat out of Shanghai by Helen Zia
Feb
12
5:30 PM17:30

Meet the Author: Last Boat out of Shanghai by Helen Zia

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Pao Arts Center and Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) are proud to present activist and author, Helen Zia, as she discusses her latest book, “Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution” at the Pao Arts Center on Tuesday, February 12th.

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“Stories of courage and resilience emerge from decades of oppression. On May 25, 1949, the People's Liberation Army marched into Shanghai, completing Mao's victorious takeover of China. Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of that revolution, Chinese-American journalist Zia vividly chronicles the lives of several individuals caught in the violent 'tsunami of revolution' in China's 'biggest, most glamorous, and most notorious city,' the port where throngs of Chinese rushed to escape. In early May 1949, the World War II transport ship General Gordon was the last boat out of Shanghai, culminating an exodus that sent millions of Chinese to seek refuge throughout the world. In a narrative gleaned from more than 100 interviews, Zia focuses on four exiles whose stories represent 'the voices, viewpoints, and character of the Shanghai diaspora.'... After the war, the arrival of American soldiers and the ousting of Japanese soldiers and civilians augured stability, but a civil war between Nationalists and Communists led to more privations, an atmosphere of suspicion, and virulent repression. With captivating detail, the author reconstructs the tense 'panic to flee' that engulfed the nation. An absorbing history of a refugee crisis that mirrors current events.”
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Suggested donation for the event: $5. Doors will open at 5:30 pm, the event will begin at 6 pm. Helen Zia will read selections from her upcoming book, to be followed by an audience Q&A session and book signing. Pre-sale books will be available shortly.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/helen-zias-last-boat-out-of-shanghai-author-event-tickets-54436695622

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About the Author:
Helen Zia is the author of "Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People," a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. She was Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine and is a founding board co-chair of the Women's Media Center. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, books and anthologies, receiving awards for her ground-breaking stories.

The daughter of immigrants from China, Helen has been outspoken on issues ranging from human rights and peace to women's rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. Her work on the 1980s Asian American landmark civil rights case of anti-Asian violence is featured in the Academy Award nominated documentary, "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" and she was profiled in Bill MoyersPBS series, "Becoming American: The Chinese Experience."

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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In partnership with Company One Theatre (C1): C1 PlayLab Open Write
Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

In partnership with Company One Theatre (C1): C1 PlayLab Open Write

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The Pao Arts Center will be partnering with Company One Theatre (C1) to host the first C1 PlayLab Open-Write of 2019. If you have a writing project that needs attention, or if you simply want to sit in with community writers on the same journey, join us at China Pearl restaurant from 10am to 12:30pm in Boston Chinatown for some light dimsum and unstructured writing time. No prerequisites or experience is required - everyone is welcome!

Open-Write events are hosted by C1 Resident Playwright Kirsten Greenidge and Director of New Work, Ilana Brownstein. Bring portable writing tech (tablets, notebooks, etc), outlets for laptops may be limited. 

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Bamboo Circle 3v3 Basketball Tournament

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Join the Bamboo Circle, BCNC’s young professionals network, for our annual 3v3 basketball tournament! All proceeds from the registration fees go directly to BCNC's Youth Center, which provides youth ages 13-18 year-round youth development, college access, and leadership programs where youth develop 21st century skills needed to thrive in college and in the workforce.   

Tournament rules: The tournament will have a double elimination format (your team will be eliminated from championship contention after 2 losses). Eliminated teams can still face other eliminated teams if courts are available. Games will be up to 11 points (straight up, not win by 2), with each basket being 1 point on a half court. The time limit for games is approximately 30 minutes, games may be shortened if score is well below 11 after 30 minutes. The final elimination game(s) will be held on the main court with no other games being played on the side. The games are self-governed, please respect all calls. Clear all balls when there is a change of possession. Teams may consist of 3-4 players, with up to 2 substitutions during a dead ball per game. The winning team will receive a trophy and a $200 cash prize.

Contact: Ally Ang | 857-415-5964

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Winter Warmup
Jan
18
to Mar 1

Winter Warmup

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Brr! It is freezing outside! Huddle indoors as New England overwinters. Keep your mind and body active as we play while perhaps longing for a warm spring and summer. Activities provided by and supported by The Greenway Conservancy. Available play equipment includes: The Greenway Conservancy's Imagination Playground and The Greenway Conservancy's Nature Build Kit.

*Children must be accompanied by an adult during the entire time they spend at Winter Warmup. Come play with us on Friday afternoons from 4:00pm- 6:00pm on: January 18, February 1, February 15, and March 1st!

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About The Greenway Conservancy: The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Greenway Conservancy is the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Opening Reception of Beyond Expectations
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception of Beyond Expectations

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Organized by Dan Jay and Mary Y. Lee, Beyond Expectations showcases works of art from community members regardless of professional training, and tells the stories of how they have worked beyond the expectations of their family or society to fulfill their personal passion for art. The exhibition features works that investigate Asian American and Asian Immigrant culture and engages with the Boston Asian American communities.

Opening Reception | Friday, January 11, 2019

About the curators:

Dan Jay is a visual artist combining art and science with a unique perspective of a scientist’s mind and an artist’s eye.  In the mid-1980s, Dan was elected as a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows to do science and art, and was provided with both a laboratory and an art studio. He is now Dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and adjunct professor of Drawing and Painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Dan has shown widely including Harvard University, Massachusetts State House, Boston Convention Center and the Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists. He has shown internationally in France and Canada.

Mary Y. Lee - As a child of Chinese immigrants, Mary grew up working in her parents’ laundry in Somerville through college, until attending graduate school in California, and later returning to Boston for medical school.  After recently winding down a full career as an internal medicine physician, academic dean, and associate provost at Tufts, she is finally fulfilling her passion to create art, while continuing to consult in higher education. Working mainly in oils, Mary searches for intrinsic beauty that can be represented by the interplay of light, color and form, regardless of subject matter, and strives to connect the observer to that beauty.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Meet the Author: The Tamago Stories
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Author: The Tamago Stories

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BCNC is proud to host author Vincent Yee for the first book signing for his second book, “The Tamago Stories.”

This is a collection of eight riveting, contemporary Asian American short stories spanning a multitude of genres from crime-action to family drama, legal and medical situations, romance comedy and even sci-fi. The Asian American characters are a blend of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Thai to show an Asian American intersectionality in storytelling.

On the heels of an amazing summer where we saw Asian representation in film from “Crazy Rich Asians” to “Searching”, “The Tamago Stories,” continues to show Asian American characters in contemporary and dramatic stories where they are the heroes.

Though there will be a small number of books on hand, it is recommended that you buy “The Tamago Stories” or Vincent’s first novel, “The Purple Heart” beforehand for it to be signed.

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About the Author: Vincent Yee was born in Boston, Massachusetts. For most of his career, he has worked for a number of Fortune 100 companies in various managerial roles. At all other times, he has a vision… “to use the power of fiction to portray Asian American men and women positively in the media.” His first novel, “The Purple Heart,” is a story about love and courage. Vincent Yee was a former National President for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP). He’s also been known to create artistic culinary dishes for friends. He now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is planning his third book project.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Carmen Chan | 617-603-2538

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Leavings/Belongings: Drop-in Bundle Making
Nov
15
to Mar 14

Leavings/Belongings: Drop-in Bundle Making

Credit: Yu-Wen Wu

Credit: Yu-Wen Wu

Join Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu in the Leavings/Belongings project at the Pao Art Center.

Inspired by the tradition of storytelling while making, the bundle-making project engages women from various immigrant and refugee communities in the making of symbolic “bundles.” Through the act of making together, participants can share stories. These anomalously shaped cloth wrapped bundles may represent what is left behind, and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope, dreams. Throughout these sessions, these bundles will be exhibited collectively in public spaces to generate conversation, dialogue, and bridges across experiences, generations, and ethnicity. The bundles will contribute to the project Leavings/Belongings.

Workshops will be held from 4-6pm on Thursdays, starting:

  • November 15 & 29

  • December 6 & 20

  • January 17 & 31

  • February 7 & 27

  • March 14

Materials are provided. Feel free to contribute to the project by bringing fabric meaningful to your personal or your family's journey.

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About the Artist:

Yu-Wen Wu is a Boston-based interdisciplinary artist. Born in Taipei, Wu came to the United States at the age of seven. Her work is informed by this bi-cultural upbringing — the eastern and western influences in life and art.

Wu’s current work explores the issues of Displacement, Assimilation and Individual and National Identity. Through video, installation, drawing and sculpture she challenges our impressions of accuracy and storytelling. Compositing imagery, she draws together the natural world and social movement, on both a personal and global scale. She approached her own experiences of immigration and other culturally specific happenings by presenting them as a series of inevitable occurrences. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards, exhibiting museums and galleries nationally and internationally, and in many public and private collections.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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API Arts Network Presents: "Storytelling and Activism: What's Your Truth?" Workshop with Sara Porkalob
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

API Arts Network Presents: "Storytelling and Activism: What's Your Truth?" Workshop with Sara Porkalob

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11.6.18 - REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL ! Please email cynthia.woo@bcnc.net to be added to the waiting list.

Don't miss the opportunity to work with Sara Porkalob, award-winning storyteller activist based in Seattle. Storytelling is one of the most rigorous tools we have to fight oppression and social injustice and this three hour workshop provides accessible creative strategies to individuals interested in pairing activism with their specific practice via storytelling. In partner and individual exercises, we will engage in a series of written and performative fast-paced content generative prompts. You’ll learn how to create a dynamic physical world out of nothing and play multiple characters, all the while using YOUR unique strengths and truths to engage your audience towards a shared goal. Stories can change the world. Share yours.

Participants will need: something to write with, something to write on (ideally not an electronic device), a water-bottle, and comfortable clothing.

Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Suggested Pay-What-You-Can Donation: $20 including dinner and workshop

About Sara Porkalob:

Sara Porkalob is an award winning storyteller activist based in Seattle. She served as Intiman Theatre's 2017 Co-Curator and is the Managing Director for their Emerging Artist Program. Dragon Lady, her first full length work, has garnered a Seattle Times Footlight Award, Broadway World Award for “Best New Play”, and is nominated for three Gregory Awards (Best Musical Production, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and Outstanding Sound/Music Design). She was one of the first recipients of a Village Theatre Original Writers Residency and is a Nominee for the 2019 Americans for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities. In spring of 2019, American Repertory Theatre will produce Dragon Lady and Dragon Mama, the first two solo-shows in her family trilogy THE DRAGON CYCLE . Her new play 7th and Jackson--a coming-of-age tale about three young women set in 1940's Seattle's International District and accompanied by live music--will be produced by Nordo's Culinarium in July 2019. This fall and winter, she is teaching and focusing on writing her family memoir/cookbook/graphic novel.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9071

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Orchids
Nov
10
to Dec 8

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Orchids

Orchids are thought of as exotic but they also grow worldwide. Bring a friend this fall for a class or the entire series to learn how to paint these beauties before snow settles in New England.

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Class will be held on Saturday, November 10, 17, & December 1 and 8. *No class on November 24.

Register for the series by Saturday, November 3.

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Inside Chinatown Project Kick-Off & Thank You, Enjoy Opening
Nov
8
4:00 PM16:00

Inside Chinatown Project Kick-Off & Thank You, Enjoy Opening

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Credit Katie Salisbury

Ever wanted to tell your own Boston Chinatown story? Learn how you can develop your photography and storytelling skills with the Pao Arts Center, UMass Boston, and photographer Katie Salisbury.

The Inside Chinatown project, which will take place from January-June 2019, invites 10-12 community members to tell their story and history through photography. Learn to capture what Chinatown is today from your point of view. Each participant will receive a $350 honorarium.

Get a preview of the project and be inspired by Salisbury's work, Thank You, Enjoy, a project that tells the stories of Chinese immigrants who work in restaurants and takeouts in New York through photos and detailed, bilingual captions. The kick-off will include time to learn more about the project and to meet with Salisbury, and UMass Boston and Pao Arts Center staff.

Want to participate in the Inside Chinatown project but can’t attend the Kick-Off Event? Learn more about how to participate.

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About the Artist: Katie Salisbury is a storyteller based in Brooklyn, NY. She's a writer, editor, and photographer whose work has appeared in Marie Claire, VICE, Refinery29, Lucky Peach, Roads & Kingdoms, On Being, The Rumpus, the Asian American Writers' Workshop, and elsewhere. Most recently, she was an editorial fellow at Guernica magazine. As a Spring 2017 TED Resident, she gave a TED Talk titled "As American as Chop Suey" about her photojournalism project on Chinese restaurant workers in New York. In 2016 she contributed to the documentary project She Is Syria, which chronicled the stories of women and girl refugees. Previously, she edited award-winning books for Amazon Publishing and HarperCollins. Originally from Southern California, Katie is half Chinese and half Anglo-Irish.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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In the Kitchen: Mantou
Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: Mantou

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Food has the unique power to bring together family, neighbors, and strangers. The In the Kitchen series highlights the stories, knowledge, and recipes from residents, artists, and Chinatown community members. Drop in for 1 or all 3 classes that feature the culture-rich foods of the Asian community and connect with other participants and the instructor while enjoying your edible creations. 

Mantou is slightly sweet, steamed Chinese bread that has a lot versatility in Asian cuisine. Learn a beloved family recipe and fill your own buns with your choice of fillings-- such as Char Siu (Chinese roast pork) from a local barbecue spot, cool cucumbers, scallions, and 5 Spice Tofu.

Other In the Kitchen Classes:

October 20: Art of Spices

Materials will be provided. Please inform us if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Register by October 27.

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About the Artist: Vania Chan completed the Professional Preparatory Program at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts. In addition to circus, she has worked in sustainability and continues to work with immigrant communities. Her early roots as an Asian American who grew up in Massachusetts make her passionate about equity. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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BAAFF 10th Anniversary Celebration
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

BAAFF 10th Anniversary Celebration

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The Boston Asian American Film Festival is honoring 10 years of connecting through film! Join filmmakers, fans, leaders and volunteers for a celebratory reception with performances.

Register Here

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Chinatown Presents: Personal Storytelling for Social Change with PRX Podcast Garage at Pao Arts Center
Oct
26
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Personal Storytelling for Social Change with PRX Podcast Garage at Pao Arts Center

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Chinatown Presents two nights of storytelling across neighborhood borders with partners PRX Podcast Garage and Dudley Café.

What if we treat our life stories like the most powerful tools for social change we have? PRX Podcast Garage, the BCNC Pao Arts Center, and Dudley Café join together to showcase ten stories about immigration, cultural visibility/invisibility, multicultural parenting and representation in education as told by everyday community members.

After four weeks of storytelling workshops, ten participants are ready to share their personal stories!

These stories will be shared at Dudley Café on October 19th and at the BCNC Pao Arts Center on October 26th. We hope you can join us at both locations and celebrate these stories with us!

  • Dudley Café

    • Colgan Johnson

    • Rosann Tung

    • Katherine Djom

    • Tammarrah A. Lee

    • Jane Reed

  • Pao Arts Center

    • Monica Scrobotovici

    • Nanthana Nicol

    • Julia Chen

    • Bo

    • Krina Patel

Suggested donation: $10

About PRX: PRX is a leading media company, shaping the future of audio by connecting talented producers with their most engaged, supportive audiences. PRX builds technology and creates cutting-edge content that reaches millions of listeners worldwide.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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On View: Made Elsewhere
Oct
26
to Dec 21

On View: Made Elsewhere

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The Statue of Liberty symbolizes the freedom and diversity of America that has welcomed generations of immigrants and refugees. However, many people do not know that French sculptor Bartholdi modeled Lady Liberty on the design of an Arab woman sculpture, which was rejected by another project. Made Elsewhere is a large-scale sculpture of the Arab woman design by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi as an ode to the struggles of refugees and immigrants in the United States. It uses intentionally recycled and repurposed materials including flags to represent the experience and labor of the refugees. The multiple meanings of using discarded materials provide a direct relevance to issues of immigration and globalization.

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About the Artist: Ngoc-Tran Vu is a 1.5-generation Vietnamese American multimedia and transnational artist whose practice draws from her experience as a community organizer and healer. She was born in Vietnam and grew up in Dorchester where she currently calls home. Tran received her MA in Arts and Politics at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her BA in Ethnic Studies and Visual Arts at Brown University. Tran facilitates workshops on the storytelling, digital activism, and Vietnamese healing ceremonies.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Chinatown Presents: BAAFF at Pao Arts Center
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Chinatown Presents: BAAFF at Pao Arts Center

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Show your support for Asian American Filmmakers by coming to see these short films!

Shorts: Peace Of Mind

Sometimes the most hard fought battles we face are the ones that can feel invisible to everyone else. Whether it’s battling against mental illness, the stigmas around mental health, or feelings like overwhelming heartbreak, this series of shorts focuses on the battles we fight to try to find some Peace of Mind.

Shorts will include:

  • Bloom

  • GAPS

  • Share

  • On My Mind

  • Looking for Luke

Followed by a Q&A with Lauren Cheung, Director, Faiyad Ahmad, Assistant Director – Bloom, Mental Health Professionals – Looking for Luke, and Pata Suyemoto - TEAM

Click here to register and to find out more about the shorts. Fee is Pay-What-You-Can.

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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Chinatown Presents: BAAFF at Pao Arts Center
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Chinatown Presents: BAAFF at Pao Arts Center

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Show your support for Asian American Filmmakers by coming to see these short films!

Shorts: Re: Home

How do you internalize race when your adoptive family is a different race than you? How do you find a sense of community when you straddle different worlds? Centered around Korean Adoption, this series of shorts examines the complexities that come with being adopted away from your birth country.

Shorts will include:

The event will be followed by a Q&A with Julie & Glenn Morey, Directors – Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage, Eric Elizaga, Director – The Beach House.

Click here to register and find out more about the shorts. Fee is Pay-What-You-Can.

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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In the Kitchen: The Art of Spices
Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: The Art of Spices

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Food has the unique power to bring together family, neighbors, and strangers. The In the Kitchen series highlights the stories, knowledge, and recipes from residents, artists, and Chinatown community members. Drop in for 1 or all 3 classes that feature the culture-rich foods of the Asian community and connect with other participants and the instructor while enjoying your edible creations.

Love the flavors of South Asian food and want to know how the right combinations and ratios so you can make delicious dishes at home? Come to this workshop to learn about 5 spices that are commonly used in South Asian kitchens.

Materials will be provided. Please inform us if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Other event in this series: November 3: Mantou

Register by October 13.

About the Artist: Diya Reshamwala, MA is an artist and art therapist living in the Boston area. Painting has been her companion from her early years of covering every wall with crayons, to her graduate degree, most recently taking on a new life. Beginning in life, her paintings transform to hold the stories that were conjured by the act of making the mark. In the moment when a painting is complete, she revels in how close the world is to her. Her primary focus is on her canvas and oil paints. As an art therapist, she explores various materials with the primary intent of discovering the connection between the act of creating and the physical self. Diya has spent the past 8 years honing her skills to understand the needs of a group and offers solutions in art making to move forward toward achieving future goals.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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Chinatown Presents: Personal Storytelling for Social Change with PRX Podcast Garage at Dudley Cafe
Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Personal Storytelling for Social Change with PRX Podcast Garage at Dudley Cafe

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Chinatown Presents two nights of storytelling across neighborhood borders with partners PRX Podcast Garage and Dudley Café.

What if we treat our life stories like the most powerful tools for social change we have? PRX Podcast Garage, the BCNC Pao Arts Center, and Dudley Café join together to showcase ten stories about immigration, cultural visibility/invisibility, multicultural parenting, and representation in education as told by everyday community members.

After four weeks of storytelling workshops, ten participants are ready to share their personal stories!

These stories will be shared at Dudley Café on October 19th and at the BCNC Pao Arts Center on October 26th. We hope you can join us at both locations and celebrate these stories with us!

  • Dudley Café

    • Colgan Johnson

    • Rosann Tung

    • Katherine Djom

    • Tammarrah A. Lee

    • Jane Reed

  • Pao

    • Monica Scrobotovici

    • Nanthana Nicol

    • Julia Chen

    • Bo

    • Krina Patel


Suggested donation: $10

About PRX: PRX is a leading media company, shaping the future of audio by connecting talented producers with their most engaged, supportive audiences. PRX builds technology and creates cutting-edge content that reaches millions of listeners worldwide.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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On View: Beginning at the End:  Portraits of Dementia
Oct
18
to Dec 28

On View: Beginning at the End: Portraits of Dementia

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Bixa Liu, Joe Wallace

In 2018, 50 million people are living with dementia globally. In the United States, one in three seniors suffers with Alzheimer’s or dementia at the time of their death. And yet despite the millions of individuals and families affected, dementia is often a taboo subject with limited public awareness or discourse. A diagnosis can become a mechanism for segregating those affected from society, making it easy to see only the label instead of the individuals. 
 
Dementia however does not discriminate. These portraits reflect the cross-section of races and ethnicities affected. As a nation of immigrants, so many have struggled and suffered to leave behind one community and embrace a new one. This work honors their legacy and highlights a lifetime of experience.

Opening Reception | Thursday, October 18th, 6 - 8 pm

Photography by Joe Wallace. Curated by J.Sybylla Smith

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About the Artist: Joe Wallace is trained as a writer and spent ten years selling stories in adverting. For the last twelve years he has been telling stories through photographs. His approach to photography applies a fine arts sensibility to the journalist’s eye for storytelling.  Wallace loves crafting an arresting visual narrative and feeds off the spark of collaboration. Whether with his subject, client, or other artists – he finds projects are richer and more rewarding when each person can express their own unique viewpoint.

 
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About the curator: J.Sybylla Smith is an independent curator with over 27 solo or group exhibitions featuring over 80 international photographers exhibited in the U.S., Mexico and South America. Smith consults with individual photographers and arts organizations to develop exhibitions, educational programming and written content including artist statements and marketing material. An adjunct professor, guest lecturer, and thesis advisor, Smith has worked with the School of Visual Arts, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Wellesley College, Harvard University, Emmanuel College. She developed curriculum and teaches Concept Aware ®, a unique creative framework of concept development for artists, which is pending publication.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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