Chinatown’s New Power Players
Meet the change-makers cementing Chinatown's future.
Executive director, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
As the leader of the Boston area’s largest social services organization for Asian families, Li is giving Chinatown’s next generation a boost. During his tenure, he’s bolstered the youth program by focusing on college prep, and even brought on licensed therapists to help residents cope with gentrification.
Director, Chinatown Community Land Trust
Made up of residents and local activists, Lowe’s land trust snaps up valuable real estate before it falls into the hands of developers or schools. Case in point: The organization recently worked with Tufts and the Boston Planning & Development Agency to wrestle control of a parking lot away from the school’s development arm.
Executive director, Asian Community Development Corporation
Also integral in the push to keep Chinatown from becoming the next South End, Liou’s most recent win involved lobbying the BPDA to redevelop Parcel 12, on Tremont Street, from a parking lot into a high-rise building with affordable units.
Owner, Shōjō, BLR, and Ruckus
The future of Chinatown dining has arrived thanks to Moy, who’s leading a foodie renaissance in his neighborhood complete with craft cocktails, creative fare, and kick-ass décor.
What’s happening in Chinatown right now? Just ask Wong. The editor of the only bilingual Chinese and English newspaper in the city, she shines a light on issues important to the community that often get overlooked by larger local media outlets.
Executive director, Chinese Progressive Association
Chinatown’s working-class residents today struggle to earn a living. That’s where Chen comes in: She advocates on behalf of CPA’s 1,200 members to ensure workers know their rights and are paid fairly.
Cynthia Soo Hoo
Principal, Josiah Quincy Elementary School
Chinatown born and raised, Soo Hoo now presides over one of the most diverse schools in the BPS system. From apple-orchard field trips to MFA partnerships, she’s elevating the experience for hundreds of kids—and it’s working. Under Soo Hoo’s leadership, JQS ranks third among all BPS elementary schools in MCAS performance.
This story is part of The Ultimate Guide to Chinatown, from the February 2019 issue of Boston magazine.