On February 27, we hosted a compelling film screening event that delved into the challenges faced by Chinatowns in D.C., Chicago, and Boston through “A Tale of Three Chinatowns.” The documentary offered diverse perspectives on urban development and gentrification, capturing the struggles of these communities amidst changing demographics.

Our panelists, Lisa Mao and Cynthia Yee, brought invaluable insights to the discussion. Lisa Mao, the director, writer, and producer of the film, shared her extensive experience in non-fiction television and her deep involvement in documenting the stories of Chinatown communities. Cynthia Yee, an educator and writer, provided poignant reflections on her personal experiences growing up in Boston’s Chinatown, offering a unique perspective on the themes of community, structural racism, feminism, and social justice.

Together, our panelists painted a vivid picture of resilience, unity, and activism within Boston’s Chinatown. Their engaging dialogue brought to life the untold stories and vibrant narratives that define this iconic neighborhood, leaving a lasting impact on all who attended.