December 9

Allan Tow on restaurant and political activism in Chinatown

Our colleague Allan Tow (Education) contributed an article in the Chronicle of the Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE Chronicle), Fall 2011, Vol.17, No.1, pp8-11. It is titled “From Take-Out Counter to Podium: Journey’s into Public Life.” The article describes several activists in New England who were owners of Chinese restaurants (including the well-known China Pearl in Boston’s Chinatown).

These businessmen forged links to the political establishment of the area, from the late Senator Ted Kennedy to current Boston Mayor Menino. These owners were not only operating their businesses, but at the same time they were working to improve the Chinese-American community.

Please check back for an excerpt.