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Published on May 10, 2008
While not officially designated a historic landmark, the original Josiah Quincy School building is a landmark in education and Boston history. Opened in 1847 by renowned educator Horace Mann, the school was the first public middle school in the country to separate students by grade. Residents and historians speak about the school's significance, growing up with the school, and the diverse student body that formerly attended this beacon of the community.
Storytellers: George Hadaya, Arthur Krim, Beverly Wing, Reggie Wong
Video footage: Mike Blockstein, David Hartman, Jeremy Liu
Interviews: Mike Blockstein, Jackson Hau, Eun-Joung Lee, Kim Szeto, Kathy Tran
Images courtesy of: Boston Public Library, Chinese Historical Society of New England, City Archives
Producer: Mike Blockstein
Editor: David Lawrence
A Chinatown Banquet is a series of short educational films about Boston Chinatown, sparking learning and dialogue across generations, disciplines and geography. The Banquet offers an unprecedented glimpse into the history, culture, and character of the neighborhood. This multimedia project highlights the Asian American experience and Chinese culture in Boston and was created as an educational tool by youth in the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC or AsianCDC) Young Leaders Network (YLN) which has grown to become A-VOYCE (Asian Voices of Organized Youth for Community Empowerment). These "courses," offering a rich view of the forces that shaped and continue to influence Chinatown, consist of audio and video interviews with community members and others who offer insight into specific issues, interspersed with contemporary and historic footage, images and information, music and ambient sounds. As a part of the Chinatown Heritage Project, the Banquet is a compendium of Chinatown's history, political struggles, culture and physical environment and living conditions.