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2019
04/15
TECO director gave speech at Bostoc City Council
At the eve of the 40th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, Director-General Douglas Y.T. Hsu of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston (TECO-Boston) was invited to deliver a public speech at the Boston City Council on April 10th . He expressed how far-reaching impact the Act has been to the Taiwan, Republic of China. He thanked Boston City Council and Boston community for their friendly and supportive relationship toward Taiwan.  After the speech, councilor Ed Flynn presented Director Hsu with an Offical Resolution in recognition of how the Act provides a strong foundation for sustababke rekauibs betwee tge United Stes and Taiwan, as well as TECO’s work in furthering engagement between Boston the Taipei,
2019
04/12
All Eyes on Boston for the 2019 Boston Marathon®
BOSTON (April 4, 2019) - The 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2019 marks an annual rite of spring in Boston as all eyes focus on the world’s oldest consecutively run marathon. For Boston, Marathon Monday and associated events surrounding the Boston Marathon present an opportunity to showcase the city’s unparalleled array of cultural, historical and sports-related assets. From Patriots’ Day reenactments to morning baseball, the Boston Marathon occurs against a distinctively Boston backdrop. Taken together, the magic of Marathon Monday on Patriots’ Day marks the onset of Boston’s peak visitor season.   Boston Marathon-related events, including the Boston Marathon Expo and B.A.A. 5K, inject tremendous visitor spending to the Greater Boston economy and annually bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to Greater Boston. In recent years, the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) has produced economic impact summary reports which estimate that the Boston Marathon injects more than $200 million into the Boston economy.    This year, there will be over 30,000 official participants in the Boston Marathon, including more than 7,600 runners traveling from 118 countries outside the United States. In addition, members of the media from more than 200 outlets are expected to cover the Boston Marathon, providing the Greater Boston region with exceptional international exposure.    “The Boston Marathon is a spectacular kick-off for Boston’s busiest period, which runs from April through October,” said Bureau President and CEO Martha Sheridan. “We look forward every year to welcoming runners and their guests form around the world to Boston. The Boston Marathon is the most beloved event in our city.”   “Each year, the Boston Marathon brings people from all backgrounds together to celebrate athletic excellence and community spirit,” said Tom Grilk, Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A. “We at the B.A.A. are eager to welcome participants, spectators, and volunteers from all across the globe to the Greater Boston area. Being able to showcase our community, in particular the eight cities and towns that comprise the Boston Marathon route, is truly an honor.”    This year, more than 9,700 volunteers will assist 30,000 participants on their journey from Hopkinton to Boston. More than half a million spectators will line the race route. Participants competing and raising funds for various charities and non-profit programs are anticipated to raise in excess of $36 million.   For the 34th consecutive year, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon is John Hancock. John Hancock provided the first-ever prize purse for the Boston Marathon in 1986 and has provided over $20.4 million (USD) in prize money for the event. This year’s prize purse totals $871,000 (USD), plus bonuses.   The Boston Marathon Expo will be located at the Hynes Convention Center from Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14. The Expo is widely regarded as the running industry’s premier expo for new products and services, features more than 150 exhibitors, and is estimated to attract more than 100,000 attendees. Boston Marathon participants must claim their bib numbers for this year’s race at the Boston Marathon Expo.   New for 2019 is Boston Marathon Fan Fest, a three-day festival on Copley Square Park featuring live music, activities, Boston Marathon champions, photo-ops, and more. Free and open to the public, Boston Marathon Fan Fest is the place to relax and soak in the spirit of Boston Marathon weekend.   Also among 2019 Marathon-related events is the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday, April 13, two days prior to the Boston Marathon. The B.A.A. 5K will feature 10,000 entrants, including 1,681 international participants. Registration closed within hours of opening in January. The 3.1-mile course starts and finishes at historic Boston Common and takes participants across the Boston Marathon finish line.
2019
04/12
Joslin Diabetes Center rings in 15th Taste of Ginger for Asian American diabetes awareness
The 15th A Taste of Ginger benefit for Joslin Diabetes Center’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative took place March 25 at the Museum of Fine Arts. Almost 400 attendees enjoyed delightful food and drink from more than 30 local restaurants and chefs.NECN and NBC10 Boston anchor Joy Lim Nakrim served as event host. Event co-chairs Leverett Wing and Audrey Paek were active in launching a Taste of Ginger and were honored to return for its 15th anniversary. A cook off between Smoke Shop BBQ’s Andy Husbands and Pagu’s Tracy Chang was judged by Amenta, King and event culinary chair Bik Ng. The competition rules required the dish to have ginger, be healthy and be made in 10 minutes. Chang emerged victorious with her fish noodle soup. Guests were entertained by the Chinese Folk Art Workshop’s lively drum and Chinese dance performances. Many food offerings were not just delicious, but diabetic friendly as well. Long-time supporter Flour Bakery presented a scrumptious low-sugar molasses cupcake.  Summer Shack served a fresh and tasty tuna poke. Mei Mei Restaurant served an inventively delicious spicy Thai curry borscht. Le’s Restaurant served flavorful broccoli sautéed in garlic sauce as well as tofu sautéed in ginger. Chinatown Café served chicken celery stir fry with black fungus and carrot along with pork fried brown rice. Changsho Restaurant served tasty steamed mochi rice with lotus
2019
04/12
Edward Sokoloff ‘Boston’s Chinatown Restaurant Montage 2018’ on display at China Trade Center
Chinese restaurants have been a vital part of Boston’s Chinatown since its earliest days. From the 1870s through the 1930s, Chinese restaurants in Chinatown primarily catered towards Chinese workers who congregated in the neighborhood on their free Sundays to socialize. Chinese restaurants outside of Chinatown catered towards non- Chinese by offering exotic but palatable Chinese-American dishes such as chop suey, chow mein, and egg foo young, accompanied by all-American fare like roast beef and bread with butter. This division between authentic Chinese food for Chinese customers and Americanized fare for American customers started to break down in the 1930s, when Chinese restaurateurs began opening restaurants in Chinatown that served a primarily non-Chinese clientele. Adventurous theater-goers from the nearby Theater District and Jewish garment manufacturers who worked near Chinatown were among the first groups of non-Chinese to regularly patronize Chinatown’s restaurants. Restaurants like Ruby Foo’s Den became landmarks in Boston’s culinary landscape, and by the 1950s, Chinatown was home to establishments such as Bob Lee’s Lantern House, the Cathay House, and the Good Earth. In the 1960s, Chinatown saw a surge of population growth due to the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Newly arrived immigrants came from a variety of Chinese regions and brought their specific cuisines to Chinatown. Today, Chinatown’s restaurants offer a diverse range of Chinese food, as well as cuisine from other Asian countries. Chinatown’s many restaurants continue to draw diners of all ethnicities to visit the neighborhood.  
2019
03/25
MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES BENJAMIN FRANKLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY TO JOIN BOSTON'S TUITION-FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROGRAM
BOSTON - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) will be the first private college to participate in Boston's Tuition-Free Community College Plan. Launched by Mayor Walsh in 2016, Boston's Tuition-Free Community College (TFCC) program makes college more affordable for Boston residents who have earned their high school credential. BFIT joins Roxbury Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, and MassBay Community College as a participant in the program. Students enrolled through the program have an average graduation rate of 70 percent over three years, significantly higher than national averages. "BFIT's mission aligns with our commitment to providing a path to the middle class for Boston's young people," said Mayor Walsh. "I am pleased to announce that we are adding BFIT to the list of colleges participating in our Tuition-Free Community College Plan, providing more opportunities for Boston's students to access higher education. When everyone has a chance to move forward, Boston succeeds." BFIT is a Boston-based nonprofit technical college dedicated to meeting the Massachusetts skills shortage by training and educating Greater Boston's diverse, urban youth for well-paying jobs in today's high demand industries. Qualified incoming BFIT students will be able to participate in the program beginning in Fall 2019. More than 90 percent of BFIT students graduate with either a well-paying job or with plans to pursue advanced higher education. Currently, 316 students are attending the three participating community colleges through the program. In the most recent cohort, 84.5 percent of TFCC students identify as African American or Hispanic/Latino.