Neighbors and Friends,
Next week, September 13, the Boston Chinatown Resident Association will be co-hosting a District 2 candidate forum. Our long time councilor, Bill Linehan, has decided not to run for reelection. As a result, there are 7 candidates vying for the chance to represent us on the Boston City Council. This forum is a chance for all Chinatown residents to see the candidates in action, hear them speak, and listen to them answer questions from our audience. Candidates will be available for a short meet and greet starting at 6:00PM. The forum will start at 6:30PM and will most likely run until 8:00PM.
This is a very important meeting for Chinatown. Over the last decade, great change has come to the neighborhood. This is most obvious in the recent residential developments many of us have seen go up: Radian, 660 Washington (formerly Archstone Boston Common), and One Greenway (including 66 Hudson). Chinatown has also seen many long time businesses shutter their doors; long time residents have been displaced as a result of higher rents; and the Asian population in Chinatown has dwindled.
It is no secret that the future of Chinatown is of great concern to the community. Please join us in hearing residents voice these concerns to the candidates, and listen to what the candidates have to say about supporting the future of a prosperous Chinatown.
Our event will be co-moderated by Dr. Paul Watanabe and Chu Huang.
Dr. Paul Watanabe is the director of the Institute for Asian American Studies and a professor for the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Watanabe has a long history of engaging with the people of Chinatown on political issues.
Chu Huang is a co-chair member of Boston’s Chinatown Resident Association. Ms. Huang works as a Community Program Manager for Northeastern University’s Northeastern Crossing, a service which is the University’s primary liaison to residents, civic leaders, and neighborhood groups. She is a lifelong resident of Chinatown and a dedicated member of the Chinatown community.
September 13, 2017
Josiah Quincy School auditorium (located at 885 Washington Street, across from the Wang YMCA).