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Meet the Artist:  Joanne Chang
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Artist: Joanne Chang

Join us for an evening of conversation, wine, and delicious food with one of Boston’s most beloved chefs and James Beard Award winner, Joanne Chang!

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Pastry Love is the latest cookbook by Joanne Chang and perhaps her most personal and comprehensive book yet. Come taste some of these treats—from salted almond chocolate toffee to mini raspberry meringues!—and bring home the recipes.

Your $75 ticket includes a signed copy of Pastry Love plus savory and sweet bites from Flour Bakery. Seating is limited, reserve your ticket now!

Proceeds support BCNC programs, including the Pao Arts Center.

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About the Author

An honors graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics, Joanne Chang left a career as a management consultant to enter the world of professional cooking. She is the chef and co-owner of Flour Bakery + Café, with nine locations in the Boston area, and Myers + Chang. She is the 2016 winner of the James Beard award for Outstanding Baker and the author of four acclaimed cookbooks. She lives in Boston.

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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.

Photo credit: Andria Lo

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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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.”
Kirkus Reviews

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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Meet the Author: The Tamago Stories
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Author: The Tamago Stories

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BCNC is proud to host author Vincent Yee for the first book signing for his second book, “The Tamago Stories.”

This is a collection of eight riveting, contemporary Asian American short stories spanning a multitude of genres from crime-action to family drama, legal and medical situations, romance comedy and even sci-fi. The Asian American characters are a blend of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Thai to show an Asian American intersectionality in storytelling.

On the heels of an amazing summer where we saw Asian representation in film from “Crazy Rich Asians” to “Searching”, “The Tamago Stories,” continues to show Asian American characters in contemporary and dramatic stories where they are the heroes.

Though there will be a small number of books on hand, it is recommended that you buy “The Tamago Stories” or Vincent’s first novel, “The Purple Heart” beforehand for it to be signed.

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About the Author: Vincent Yee was born in Boston, Massachusetts. For most of his career, he has worked for a number of Fortune 100 companies in various managerial roles. At all other times, he has a vision… “to use the power of fiction to portray Asian American men and women positively in the media.” His first novel, “The Purple Heart,” is a story about love and courage. Vincent Yee was a former National President for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP). He’s also been known to create artistic culinary dishes for friends. He now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is planning his third book project.

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: Carmen Chan | 617-603-2538

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Meet the Author:  Number One Chinese Restaurant
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Author: Number One Chinese Restaurant

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Join us for a meet & greet with Lillian Li, author of the hit debut novel, Number One Chinese Restaurant. Tickets $30 per person includes book and light dinner.  Seating is limited. Purchase your ticket by Wednesday, October 10th. All proceeds support BCNC programs for children, youth, and families. 

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About the Author: Lillian Li is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant (Henry Holt). Her work has been published in GuernicaGranta, Glimmer Train, Bon Appetit, and Jezebel. Originally from the D.C. metro area, she lives in Ann Arbor.

Reviews of her first book:

Named a Summer Must-Read by TIME, Buzzfeed, The Wall Street Journal, Star Tribune, Fast Company, The Village Voice, Toronto Star, Fortune Magazine, InStyle, and O, The Oprah Magazine

"A joy to read―I couldn't get enough."
―Buzzfeed

"This novel practically thumps with heartache and sharp humor."
―Chang-rae Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Native Speaker 

An exuberant and wise multigenerational debut novel about the complicated lives and loves of people working in everyone’s favorite Chinese restaurant.
 

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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Mid-Autumn Play Festival with Grace Lin
Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Mid-Autumn Play Festival with Grace Lin

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At this free event, families will

  • Experience the family-friendly play Turk, Turk, Turk by playwright Deirdre Girard,

  • Hear story and song selections inspired Grace Lin’s most popular books,

  • Enjoy the work of theater artists Ben Choi-Harris, David Lien, Gary Ng, Michael Hisamoto, Phoebe Kurata-Anthony, Lily Park, Linda Chin, Min Kahng, Neil Gustafson,

  • Taste mooncakes and egg tarts as you view Grace Lin’s exhibit on its last day, and

  • Meet Grace Lin as she shares her newest picture book, A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Programmed by Linda Chin and supported by the Artist’s Resource Trust, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and Wheelock Family Theater. Thanks to Dina Mardell & Porter Square Books.

Author Grace Lin

About the artist: Grace Lin, a NY Times bestselling author/ illustrator, won the Newbery Honor for "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" and the Theodor Geisel Honor for "Ling and Ting." Her most recent novel "When the Sea Turned to Silver" was a National Book Award Finalist. Grace is also a commentator for New England Public Radio, a reviewer for the NY Times, a video essayist for PBS NewsHour, and the speaker of the popular TEDx talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.” In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House where Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. 

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: From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Opening Reception: From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin

"Sweet Tofu" from Dim Sum For Everyone!, Gouache on Paper, Grace Lin

"Sweet Tofu" from Dim Sum For Everyone!, Gouache on Paper, Grace Lin

Note: Event Time Change 10am-noon.

In recognition that some families may wish to participate in Families Belong Together: March on Boston this Saturday, June 30, the exhibition opening and reception for From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustration by Grace Lin has been moved to 10am-noon. 

Join us for a family-friendly Opening Reception for From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin. The reception will include a live musical and a storytelling performance by Broadway & Boston actor Lisa Yuen and friends* 

*This project has been supported by a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust. Special thanks to the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Wheelock Family Theatre. 

Author Grace Lin

About the artist: Grace Lin, a NY Times bestselling author/ illustrator, won the Newbery Honor for "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" and the Theodor Geisel Honor for "Ling and Ting." Her most recent novel "When the Sea Turned to Silver" was a National Book Award Finalist. Grace is also a commentator for New England Public Radio, a reviewer for the NY Times, a video essayist for PBS NewsHour, and the speaker of the popular TEDx talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.” In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House where Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. 

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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Chinatown Presents: Authors Anelise Chen and Q.M. Zhang
Mar
23
6:30 PM18:30

Chinatown Presents: Authors Anelise Chen and Q.M. Zhang

Kaya Press authors Anelise Chen and Q.M. Zhang come together to discuss trauma, memory and the writing.  Both authors push the boundaries of genres with their hybrid and experimental text that refuse to be placed in simple categories such as memoir, novels, self-help and more.  

Moderated by author, educator, and playwright Proshot Kalami

$10 suggested donation. 

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About Anelise Chen and So Many Olympic Exertions: The essays and reviews of Anelise Chen have appeared in the New York Times, NPR, BOMB Magazine, The New Republic, VICE, and Village Voice. She has received fellowships from the Asian American Writers' Workshop, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and she will be a 2019 Literature Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. 

Blending elements of self-help, memoir, and sports writing, So Many Olympic Exertions is an experimental novel that perhaps most resembles what the ancient Greeks called hypomnemata, or “notes to the self” in the form of observations, reminders, and self-exhortations. Taken together, these notes constitute a personal handbook on “how to live” or perhaps more urgently “why to live,” a question the narrator, graduate student Athena Chen, desperately needs answering.

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About Q.M. Zhang and Accomplice to Memory: Q.M. Zhang (Kimberly Chang) grew up in upstate New York, lived in China and Hong Kong, and currently makes her home in Western Massachusetts.  She is a writer and teacher of creative non/fiction stories and forms, with a focus on Chinese American border crossings.  Trained in the disciplines of anthropology and psychology, she has published ethnographic studies of Asian diasporic communities on both sides of the Pacific.  She currently teaches at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

In Accomplice to MemoryQ.M. Zhang tries to piece together the fractured mystery of her father’s exodus from China to the U.S. during the two decades of civil and world war leading up to the 1949 revolution. Part memoir, novel, and historical documentary, this hybrid text explores the silences and subterfuge of an immigrant parent, and the struggles of the second generation to understand the first. Mixing images and text in the manner of W.G. Sebald, Zhang blurs the boundary between fiction and nonfiction, memory and imagination, and the result is a literary page-turner of one woman racing against time to uncover and reimagine her family's origin story.

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: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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The Leavers with The Boston Filipino American Book Club
Mar
17
2:30 PM14:30

The Leavers with The Boston Filipino American Book Club

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Join The Boston Filipino American Book Club for a half hour book discussion via Skype with author Lisa Ko at 3:30pm.  Before hand, mix and mingle with old and new friends!  

Lisa Ko is the author of The Leavers, a novel which was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction and won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, and O. Magazine. She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. Born in Queens and raised in New Jersey, she currently lives in Brooklyn.

 

For more information and to RSVP contact Bren Bataclan

This event is programmed in conjunction with current exhibition Kulap: New Works By Bren Bataclan. 

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