Friday, September 29th, 6:00-9:00pm
Hei La Moon
88 Beach Street
The early Chinese immigrant pioneers were typically sojourners–workers looking for a piece of the Gold Mountain to take back to China to help their families. Many faced conditions of racism, exclusion and economic exploitation, even as they helped build and transform America. Our place today in this society rests, in part, on their legacy. It is in memory of their unrecognized struggles and profound contributions that CHSNE presents the Sojourner Award.
Caroline Chang grew up in Chinatown, on the historic Hudson Street. Chang dedicated her life to community causes as a founder of CHSNE and as a founding Board Member and President of the Asian Community Development Corporation. She also served as the Manager of Chinatown’s Little City Hall for the Mayor’s Office of Public Service in the 70s, and as Regional Manager for Office for Civil Rights for the US Department of Health and Human Services for over 20 years.
The American Legion formed in 1919 to provide services to veterans, service members and communities, and has evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth. Post 328 members are mindful of the American Legion creed of “For God and Country” and continue to uphold its tradition for the love of duty, honor, God, country, and community.
CHSNE partnered with Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) to register the first site for its connection to Chinese in Boston to the National Register of Historic Places. Over the past year, consultants wrote the nomination for CCBA’s Old Quincy School building, and an overview document about the Chinese in Boston. These two documents are now public record, allowing future researchers/generations the opportunity to know about the experience of our ancestors and community.
The Boston Chinatown Atlas is a collaborative project led by MIT Professor Emeritus Tunney Lee, in collaboration with CHSNE and many community members, students, and organizations. The project documents and explores Chinatown’s growth and change through time as told by personal stories, photos, maps, and interactive features on the website.
Please consider sponsoring CHSNE’s 25th anniversary banquet or purchasing a greeting in the program book. Click here for sponsor information.
John & Stephanie Fan
Cambridge Savings Bank
Peter & Laura Chan
Thomas & May Chin
Karyn Wong Ching
American Legion Boston Chinatown – Post 328
Bridgewater State University
Helen Chin Schlichte
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England
Gee How Oak Tin Association of New England
South Cove Manor
Banquet Panning Committee
Jessica Wong Camhi