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A plethora of events in Chinatown this Sunday

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  August 10, 2012 03:54 PM

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The 2011 Chinatown Harvest Moon Festival attracted thousands from across Greater Boston.

Sunday will be packed with activities in Chinatown, as the neighborhood celebrates its annual August Moon Festival along with a number of other community events.

The festival, which will run from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, celebrates the harvest but also honors women, who are associated with the moon in Chinese cosmology, and mountain climbing, as the festival is said to have originated when the god of a sacred mountain invited other gods to a feast.

It will include vendor booths selling toys, art, plants, and food alongside live performances including lion dances, folk singing, traditional dances, and martial arts exhibitions.

At noon on Sunday, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and State Representative Aaron Michelwitz will join with a host of community organizations, Chinatown residents, and members of the Wong family for the dedication of Reggie Wong Memorial Park. Formerly known as Pagoda Park, the recreational area is being renamed in honor of the late community leader after a grassroots effort.

Also during the festival, members of the Asian Breast Cancer Project will perform in a flash mob to help raise money and awareness about breast cancer among Asian women. The exact time and location for the flash mob will be announced on the organization’s Facebook page.

The poster for “Lost Years: a People’s Struggle for Justice.”
And as the festival winds down Sunday afternoon, the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, the Chinese Historical Society of New England, and Bank of America will co-sponsor a screening of the film Lost Years: A People’s Struggle for Justice, with an appearance by director Kenda Gee.

The documentary film examines a century and a half of the Chinese diaspora across North America, Australia, and New Zealand as seen through the experiences of Gee’s own family. The film will screen at 3 p.m. at Tufts University’s Sackler Hall, DeBlois Auditorium at 145 Harrison Ave.

The screening is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited seating. To register, click here.

For a gallery of photos from last year’s Harvest Moon Festival, click here.

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