Growing the Asian American Movement in Boston Chinatown (Part 2)

This is the second part of a two-article series on activism in Boston Chinatown. To read part one, “Asian American Activism’s Roots in Boston Chinatown,” click here.  One year after graduating from Tufts in 1967, now-retired Boston public school educator Stephanie Fan received a call from a classmate who worked at Tufts-New England Medical Center. 

The Camera Chronicles: Big Jumbo is Watching You 

Over the past five years, Tufts University has rapidly expanded their video surveillance system. Now, a TUPD operator can access hundreds of high-definition live video feeds at any given time of day.  On Barnum Hall, a camera with the capability to zoom in on details up to 40 times has been installed at eye level,

Asian American Activism’s Roots in Boston Chinatown (Part 1)

In the late 1950s, Michael Liu played with his neighborhood friends in the rubble of their demolished homes on Albany Street in Boston Chinatown. By the time Tufts Medical Center began expanding into Chinatown in the late sixties, major developments had already displaced hundreds of Chinatown residents. Liu was 10 years old when the state

Expectations Unfulfilled: Addressing the Disconnect between Students and CMHS

Each academic year, Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS) works with over 25 percent of the undergraduate student body on both the Medford/Somerville and Boston SMFA campuses. Another 8 to 10 percent utilize local community-based mental health providers. According to the Task Force on Student Mental Health Report that was released earlier this month,

The Royall House & Slave Quarters: A Backgrounder of Slavery in Medford

History may remember it as a hub for the Abolitionist Movement, but New England must claim its violent history of slavery. While slavery in the South mostly consisted of large-scale plantation labor, the practice in the North often took the form of domestic servitude, due to the unique economic, social, and geographic conditions of the

Grace Talusan on Her Memoir, The Body Papers

CW: Sexual assault, suicidal depression, mental illness Grace Talusan (A’94) is author of the memoir The Body Papers and winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing for Nonfiction. She was born in the Philippines and came to the US with her parents at age 2. She has published essays, longform journalism,

The Other Side of the Street: Local Community Members and the Tufts Housing Crisis

How often are narratives from non-student community members of Somerville and Medford centered in our discussions of displacement and housing justice? For the few thousand Tufts students who live off-campus, there are another few thousand community members being actively pushed out of their homes and neighborhoods. Tufts students are not necessarily responsible for the scope

A Follow-up: History isn’t Hypothetical

Note: the following personal narrative details events that, ironically, occurred during the weekend of Japanese Culture Club’s Day of Remembrance (DOR) events. The author has included this narrative to be printed alongside an account of JCC’s DOR in this week’s Observer’s issue in order to further readers’ understandings of the historical depth of anti-Asian racism