Inside Chinatown Project
Jan
1
to Jun 30

Inside Chinatown Project

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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 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: 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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Community Karaoke Nights
Mar
28
to Aug 29

Community Karaoke Nights

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* from 6:00pm- 7:30pm of each month to sing and share time with community members in Chinatown. Dates are listed below in the registration form.

*May 16 is the exception.

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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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

Julio S. Flores,  Shrouded , 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

Julio S. Flores, Shrouded, 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

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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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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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: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Leavings/Belongings - An Exhibition by Pao Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu
May
23
to Aug 10

Leavings/Belongings - An Exhibition by Pao Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu

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Over the past six months, more than 150 community members have participated in the Leavings/Belongings project with  Yu-Wen Wu, artist-in-residence at the Pao Arts Center.

Participants created symbolic cloth-wrapped bundles while sharing stories about their own and their family’s immigration journeys. These bundles represent what is left behind and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope and dreams. Collected throughout Wu's residency, the exhibition Leavings/Belongings at the Pao Arts Center includes photographs, video, and a site-specific sculptural installation of the bundles. Through the act of making together, participants share their narratives of migration, generating dialogue that bridge across experience, generations, and ethnicity. 

http://www.yuwenwu.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: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Opening Reception: Leavings/Belongings - An Exhibition by Pao Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Leavings/Belongings - An Exhibition by Pao Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu

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Over the past six months, more than 150 community members have participated in the Leavings/Belongings project with Yu-Wen Wu, artist-in-residence at the Pao Arts Center.

Participants created symbolic cloth-wrapped bundles while sharing stories about their own and their family’s immigration journeys. These bundles represent what is left behind and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope and dreams. Collected throughout Wu's residency, the exhibition Leavings/Belongings at the Pao Arts Center includes photographs, video, and a site-specific sculptural installation of the bundles. Through the act of making together, participants share their narratives of migration, generating dialogue that bridge across experience, generations, and ethnicity.

http://www.yuwenwu.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: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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API Arts Network Presents: The Slants
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

API Arts Network Presents: The Slants

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API Arts Network will be presenting The Slants for an interactive discussion and concert at the Pao Arts Center.

Simon Tam is founder and bassist of The Slants, often credited as the world's first and only all-Asian American dance rock band but he's probably best known for winning a landmark case at the US Supreme Court.

Now debuting a new memoir, Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court, he'll be joined by Slants guitarist Joe X. Jiang for an evening of storytelling and music. Gripping, funny, enlightening, and ultimately uplifting, the event will prove that no obstacle is too difficult to conquer –as long as you have a little heart and a lot of rock n’ roll. It’s an irrepressible story that is fresh, alive, and defines what it means to be American...Asian American!

All ages welcome.

About the Artists:
Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker. He approaches activism through the arts and encourages people to challenge their perceptions of how we connect with others we normally don’t get along with. In 2017, he won a landmark case at the U.S Supreme Court, unanimously, helping to expand civil liberties for marginalized groups. His work has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across over 150 countries, including Rolling Stone, TIME, NPR, BBC and the New York Times.

The Slants have been featured on Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Rolling Stone, and 3,000+ media features across 150 countries. The band has performed at some of the largest festivals in North America and Asia, including DragonCon, San Diego Comic-Con, SXSW, TED talks, and more. In 2017, they joined President Barack Obama, George Takei, and Jeremy Lin to launch an anti-bullying program. In 2018, they started The Slants Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships and mentorships to artists looking to incorporate activism into their work.

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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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Vegetables
Jun
1
to Jun 22

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Vegetables

Vegetables are a key part of our diet and an important source of nutrients. For our June series, we will be painting particular veggie favorites in the Chinese diet: Bok Choy Cabbage, Chinese Broccoli, Carrots, Turnips, Corn, and Eggplants. Take advantage of the opportunity to paint these Chinese Greens using Chinese watercolor techniques.

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

Class will be held on Saturdays, June 1, 8, 15, and 22.

Register for the series by Saturday, May 25.

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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: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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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.

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

Name *
Name
Have you paddled a dragon boat before? *
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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Grand Opening of New BCNC Quincy
Jun
21
3:00 PM15:00

Grand Opening of New BCNC Quincy

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You are invited to the ribbon cutting and open house for our new location in Quincy Center. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

Please use the form below to register for this free event.

Contact: Julia Deng | 617-635-5129 x1098

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

Quincy Family Fun Fair

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About the event:

Bring your family members of all ages to BCNC Quincy's second annual Family Fun Fair! 

This FREE event brings children and families together for an afternoon of outdoor summer fun and entertainment. Activities and attractions include arts and crafts, family competitions, a bouncy house, a petting zoo, and more. 

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

Volunteers needed to help with this event. Please click here to register.

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

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Nancy Wang Adams and Scott A. Schoen * Bank of America * The Blossom Fund * Capital One * Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation * Harvard Pilgrim Health Care * Liberty Mutual Insurance * Ong Family Foundation * Eleanor and Frank Pao * Riemer Braunstein LLP * South Cove Community Health Center * State Street Corporation * TJX * Tufts Medical Center

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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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Name
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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Lilies
Jul
13
to Aug 3

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Lilies

Loved by many, lilies are delightfully fragrant flowers that come in different colors: whites, yellows, oranges, purples and pinks. They bloom every summer and are instantly recognizable in their elegant stature and strong stems. 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, July 13, 20, 27, and August 3.

Register for the series by Saturday, June 29.

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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: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Youth & Recreation Program Reunion
Aug
3
2:00 PM14:00

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! We’ll be having a volleyball tournament at the Quincy School gym and a social in the Youth Center lounge. 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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Phone *
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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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In partnership with Company One Theatre (C1): VIETGONE at the Gate
May
4
2:00 PM14:00

In partnership with Company One Theatre (C1): VIETGONE at the Gate

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As part of Artweek, join us on May 4th at 2PM outdoors at Rose Kennedy Greenway - Chinatown Park for excerpts from Company One Theatre's production of Qui Nguyen's Vietgone, plus special open-mic-style performances from Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston! The performances will be followed by cake and refreshments at the Pao Arts Center in celebration of its second birthday.

Please note that in the event of rain, the performances will be moved to Pao Arts Center.

After the event, head over to Pao Arts Center for an interactive workshop with Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu, part of the Leavings/Belongings project.

In addition, at 8pm that evening, you can join us at the Boston Center for the Arts for a full performance of VIETGONE! Get your tickets here!

About Company One Theatre
Company One Theatre builds community at the intersection of art and social change. Founded in 1998, Company One has situated itself as a home for social justice and artistic excellence by connecting Boston’s diverse communities through live performance, the development of new plays and playwrights, arts education, and public engagement programming. By establishing a dedicated space for marginalized and alternative narratives to thrive and working with partners and collaborators across the city, Company One has become a local leader in the ongoing conversations that continue to define the era of social change in contemporary America.

About Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston
AATAB is a collective formed to connect and empower the Asian American, MENA American, Kanaka Maoli, and Pacific-Islander American Boston theatre artists.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

Hosted by:

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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. 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: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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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

Shrouded, Julio S. Flores, 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

Shrouded, Julio S. Flores, 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

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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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 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.

Special thanks to our hosts: SooJin and Dan Chu, Cindy Liu

 
 
 
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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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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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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: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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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: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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AATAB Staged Reading: This is Not a True Story
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

AATAB Staged Reading: This is Not a True Story

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Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston (AATAB) and API Arts Network proudly present a FREE staged reading of THIS IS NOT A TRUE STORY by Preston Choi, followed by a post-show conversation at the Pao Arts Center. Light refreshments will be provided!

"The heroine of Madame Butterfly completes her tragic suicide, only to wake up trapped in a never-ending loop of her story. Then Miss Saigon is born thrusting another heroine into the deadly cycle, until a mysterious office woman throws the world out of balance. ‘This Is Not A True Story’ unravels the history of Orientalist art, theatre, and the danger of fiction becoming reality." (from New Play Exchange)

Directed by Audrey Seraphin and Michael A. Rosegrant.


Cast:
CIOCIO | Khloe Alice Lin
KIM | Lisa Nguyen
KUMIKO/TAKAKO | Sarah Shin
CHRIS/PINKERTON/ROBERT | Thomas Mitsock

Additional support from the Boston University College of Fine Arts Social Impact Seed Grant.

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Silent Flight - Dance Performance
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Silent Flight - Dance Performance

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Silent Flight is a site-responsive and improvisational dance piece directed by Wendy Jehlen, Artistic Director of ANIKAYA Dance Theater, in collaboration with an international ensemble of professional dancers from Asia, Africa, South America and the United States.

Through community workshops, the dancers collaborate with seniors from the Chinatown community who practice folk dance weekly at the Pao Arts Center. The performance incorporates elements based on the flocking behavior of birds, exploring similarities between the movements found in human cultures, with relatable content about migration and immigration. The dance piece uses creativity and culture to improve community health and well-being.

The performance will take place at the Rose Kennedy Greenway - Chinatown Park, and is funded in part by Boston Cultural Council; Eastern Bank; and the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Contact: Vanessa 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: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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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.

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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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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.

PLEASE NOTE: APRIL 6 SESSION IS FULL. NO WALK INS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

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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: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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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

Photos by Forra Yu

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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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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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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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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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

Photo Credit  Steven Sulewski.

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

Photo Credit: Vania Chan

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.

THE LAST BOAT OUT OF SHANGHAI
“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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