Quincy rings in Year of the Dog

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By Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美 

Quincy rang in the Year of the Dog with its 30th Annual Lunar New Year Festival on Feb. 11 at North Quincy High School, attracting hundreds of attendees.

Quincy Mayor Tom Koch said in a prepared statement, “From the performances to the food, arts and crafts and activities for all ages, the Lunar New Year Festival is a wonderful symbol of Quincy’s great diversity.”

The event featured live kung fu demonstrations, dance performances and food. Vendors sold Lunar New Year supplies of red envelopes to hold “lucky money” gifts and plants to make homes festive. A karaoke contest quickly filled up, with singers performing hits in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and more. Author Grace Lin read with children, who joined her to put on a dramatic performance. A dog mascot and the God of Fortune made the rounds, swarmed by attendees keen for selfies. Food and drinks from local businesses provided sustenance to attendees.

Event organizer Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) CEO Philip Chong said he was proud of Quincy’s diversity, with Asians representing more than 27 percent of the city’s population. He also appreciated more than 400 youth from QARI’s Youth ServiceCorps, who volunteered time to organize the festival.

“We are Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese and more, with distinctive cultural traditions. The Lunar New Year Festival provides a haven for which we can come together to celebrate, share and honor these traditions,” Chong said in a prepared statement.

Elected officials at the event included Mayor Koch, Massachusetts Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade Nam Pham, state Rep. Tackey Chan, Quincy City Councilor Brad Croall and Quincy City Councilor Nina Liang.

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. and South Shore YMCA partner to expand access to community outreach services

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. and South Shore YMCA partner to expand access to community outreach services


Quincy, October 27, 2017 – Quincy Asian Resources Inc. (QARI) is proud to announce that it is partnering with the South Shore YMCA (SSYMCA) to expand its community outreach services. As of October 1, 2017, QARI now has representatives at the Quincy Y branch at 79 Coddington Street on most Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. Clients can seek information and referrals on a walk-in basis.

QARI’s joint venture with the SSYMCA executes a goal of the organization’s strategic plan to bring new services and programs into the community. Quincy’s Asian population is currently at 26% and growing. With this continuous expansion comes an increased need for culturally competent services and programs.

“Quincy’s population is always evolving,” said Philip Chong, Chief Executive Officer of QARI. “We are bringing QARI into the community. Not only are we making it easier for clients to access our services, but we are also adding new programming to meet the needs of our diverse city.”

The SSYMCA, celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017, looks forward to building upon programming that meets the needs of the city and the region through this collaboration. “The story of the South Shore YMCA since 1892 has been one of open doors and fulfilling community needs,” said Paul Gorman, President and CEO of SSYMCA. “We are proud to partner with Quincy Asian Resources to positively impact the lives of our friends and neighbors in the Asian community.” The new office in the Quincy Y is a part of a larger venture with the SSYMCA. In July, QARI started operation support at the Y’s Germantown Neighborhood Center at 366 Palmer Street. Plans also include introducing cultural enrichment classes to the YMCA’s programming. Examples of new offerings will include Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, beginner Mandarin classes, book talk and a course on Chinese culture and business etiquette.

The Asian American Role Models series, another new initiative, honors leaders and individuals who have made invaluable and impactful contributions to the Asian population. Madge Meyer, a prominent author and motivational speaker, will be featured as one of the Asian American Role Models. Ms. Meyer will also be delivering a talk in innovation at the Quincy Y this fall.

Others include Ken Eng, an award-winning filmmaker known for his documentary "My Life in China," Yvonne To, a volunteer and QARI scholarship winner, and Johnstone Tcheou, a Brandeis University student whose invention of a vacuum that would clean the New York City transit system led him to the White House.

QARI will be celebrating its 16th anniversary on November 20th, 2017. With its humble roots, to the current impact, and to future initiatives, QARI is looking forward this partnership with South Shore YMCA to continuing to grow and evolve with the residents and the community.

About QARI

Founded in 2001, QARI is the go-to center for Asian residents in Quincy, such that they refer to us simply by our street number. A friend says to a friend, “Oh, just go to fifteen-oh-nine, they can help with that.” In 1998, prompted by the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and with the support of the city, a group of Quincy's Asian residents and non-profit service providers, led by MA State Representative Tackey Chan, formed the Quincy Asian Collaborative. In doing so, they were responding to an urgent need for culturally and linguistically relevant services: the Asian population was not being adequately served by mainstream non-profits at that time due to the complex issues facing it. Since then we have developed a broad array of services to serve this population: we provide multilingual information and referral, adult education, youth programs, and organize city-wide cultural events to the benefit of Quincy and its diverse newcomer population.

About the South Shore YMCA

The South Shore YMCA is a nonprofit association committed to strengthening our communities by nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Throughout the South Shore community, the SSYMCA engages more than 65,000 members and participants, nearly two-thirds of whom are children and teens, in over 100 different programs. The Y strives to serve our entire community and provides financial assistance to ensure every child, family and individual has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive through South Shore YMCA membership, programs and services. ssymca.org

昆市議員候選人論壇 華人捧場


爭取連任的迪波納( Noel Dibona)自稱擔任市議員以來,從來沒有缺席市議會會議。他認為作為市議員,必須瞭解各方面問題,聽取市民意見和回應。

爭取連任的唯一亞裔市議員梁秀婷(Nina Liang) 先以粵語和台山語發言,感謝亞裔的支持和愛護。述說身為少數族裔經歷,以及家庭和兒童面臨的挑戰。也指出自己多年來參與社區組織活動服務,協調與文化、語言、和風俗習慣異同的優勢。她說,地方組織、企業、公共服務、設施等息息相通,確保市民的聲音和問題得到關注,才能滿足昆市多元人口的需求。

候選人拉弗瑞斯特 (Margaret LaForest )強調維護昆市驕傲的歷史,加強藝術和文化活動,提升環保意識和社區經濟發展。

家族五代住在昆市的候選人馬荷妮 (Anne Mahoney)強調家族五代扎根昆市,主張削減開支,保護昆市的屋主。

唯一備有中文資訊介紹文宣的雷文迪(Daniel Raymondi) 曾擔任昆市學校委員會副主席、昆市學院理事會主席。其政見是為大家發聲,支持公眾教育,及包括行人安全和交通改善的公共安全。

候選人陶格斯(Stephen Tougas)倡導低稅率,主張政府撤銷不好的稅項,為市民節省金錢。

六位市議員候選人分別自我介紹和發表政見,並回答主持人伯德斯 (John Brothers )有關教育、稅額、公共安全、房屋政策、市議員和市民交流等五個主題的提問。

許多華人選民表示將投票支持「自己人」。熱中鼓勵華裔人士參與公職人員投票的公盟教育(Civic Education Alliance)主席潘鑑成表示,希望華裔人士了解美國選舉制度的運作,融入主流社會。昆市亞協服務中心行政主任莊建浩提醒,投票就是為自己發聲。今年選舉日訂11月7日(周二) 舉行。

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