Silk Road 2011
Jamie Bissonnette, Ming Tsai, Janet Wu,
Mayor Thomas Menino, and Ting San (Photo by Brian Choi)
This year's Silk Road Gala
on October 22, 2011 was a huge success and was celebrated by nearly 500
attendees. The highlights of the event were a cooking demonstration by
chef Ming Tsai with Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino and Mrs. Angela
Menino, silence and live auction, and glamorous guests. Appetizing foods
were prepared and served by Boston's Top chefs including Brian
Rae of Rialto, Jamie Bissonnette of Toro, Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery +
Café, Jason Santos of Blue Inc., Ting San of Oishii Boston, David Wong
of Shabu Zen, and Patricia Yeo of Om Restaurant. Chef
Photo by Brian Choi
Tsai along with
Mayor Menino and two lucky guests who won to be the sous chefs created
"Red Roast Duck". Honorary cranes were presented to Ellen Zane, Vice
Chair, Tufts Medical Center Board of Trustees, and to Tuft Medical
Center accepted by Eric Beyer, President and CEO of Tufts Medical
Center. Lynn Chang, an international violinist who played
at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony last year was joined by his wife,
Dr. Lisa Wong, a pediatrician and President of the Longwood Symphony
Orchestra. Lynn and Lisa performed a music tribute to the ATASK survivor who shared her story. The gala chairs were Laura
Sen, President and CEO of BJ's Wholesale Club, and Patti Salem and Deeb
Salem, M.D., Physician-in-Chief of Tufts Medical Center. Janet Wu of
7NEWS/CW56 emceed the event. We thank everyone for their support!
All the pictures from the Gala, including the pre-gala photo-op session, can be seen in the ATASK's facebook page.
Photo by Brian Choi
In 2007, there was a case
that the ATASK staff opened. A woman came from Cambodia. She was abused,
and abandoned by her husband. She had no family or friends to turn to
in the United States. ATASK worked with her through her tough journey by
helping get housing, obtain a job, and apply for citizenship. Later she
was approved for a green card in September of 2011! She is thankful for
our support and we are privileged to be part of her life.
*Name has been changed to protect the client's identity.
ATAKS was honored by the Boston Business Journal at its Leaders in Diversity Awards
event held on Friday, October 21, 2011. The event was inaugurated to
honor executives and groups making a difference in their workplaces and
communities. This prestigious recognition was given to ATASK for its
commitment to the communities and families it serves.
has made such a difference to individuals and families at risk. Most
importantly, ATASK is working to prevent domestic violence so that
someday, we will no longer need an organization like ATASK," says Vivien
Li, Former Women's Advisor to MA Governor Michael Dukakis; former Silk
Road Gala Co-Chair with MA First Lady Susan Weld.
the Boston Business Journal was Linda Chin's vision for ATASK. Given the
challenges of difficult economic times, she has succeeded in
strengthening the organization's programs, maintaining financial
stability, fostering collaborations, and developing programs in legal
advocacy, Asian women's empowerment, services for children and youth,
and meeting the growing needs of Asian families and communities impacted
by domestic violence," said Christopher McIntosh, Publisher of
the Boston Business Journal.
|Youth Empowerment Project |
YEP Fall Programs
ATASK's youth group has been very active in their campaign to raise
awareness against domestic violence. They use many creative media to
bring up the issue. Last month, YEP released the
youth-produced anti-violence & anti-oppression Zine, Voices of the
Unheard. This magazine includes a DVD with videos, songs, and other
visual arts. Voices of the Unheard is a place for youth to have a voice
through art and expression. Please email to Danny Ho if you would like copies.
also continues to schedule Teen Dating Violence workshops for schools
and youth groups. Many YEP youth, at their own accord, are being trained
to do the workshop. The latest workshop, co-facilitated by a YEP youth
at Boston Latin School, was a success!
Columbus Day & Halloween
This year YEP and ATASK's shelter residents celebrated Columbus
Pumpkin carved by YEP Youth
Day and Halloween together. YEP teamed up with the ATASK shelter kids to do some
pumpkin carving. These pumpkins were generously donated by Whole Foods
Brighton. All of the young folks had fun carving, and roasting pumpkin
seeds. Many designed their own faces by drawing on the pumpkins as YEP
youth carved. Also the families and YEP went trick or treating to see
what kind of goodies they could get. We scoured the neighborhoods for the best candy. All in full costume. Some other families also enjoyed outing together with volunteers bowling. It was so much fun!
|In the Community |
Teen Dating Violence Workshops
Education and Outreach Department is beginning to schedule workshops
for schools and youth groups for the fall semester. If interested in
receiving Teen Dating Violence prevention workshops, please contact Danny Ho or call 617-338-2350 x229.
|Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative|
|Michiko Kohga, Yuka Miyazawa, Linda Chin, |
Yuri Hatta, and Yuki Abe
ATAKS had an opportunity to host four Japanese women from the Japanese
Women's Leadership Initiative (JWLI). The fellows were in Boston for a
month visiting three
nonprofit organizations and learning how nonprofit organizations work
in this country. Michico Kohga, Yuka Miyazawa, Yuki Abe and Yuri Hatta
are eager to make their communities in Japan better through social
changes. At ATASK, they met Linda Chin, president of ATASK, and other
staff members. "My dream is big, steps are concrete. JWLI is a
crucial step to make that dream come true," said Yuka. Michiko added
that collaboration seemed to be the key for the organizational growth.
It was a wonderful opportunity for ATASK to link with other organizations outside the USA.
|Staff Highlight |
Sujata Ghosh in Building Your Capacities Fellowship
October 21st 2011, Congressman Jeffery Sanchez organized an event
"Clinical Research Education Day and Health Fair" at the State House to
increase community participation in research. The Tufts CTSI hosted a panel ("Community-Academic Collaborative Research With Underrepresented Populations"). Sujata Ghosh, Program Manager Asian Shelter and Advocacy Program at ATASK, was invited to be part of this panel.
been both an honor and a privilege to have been a part of the Building
Your Capacities (BYC) Fellowship this year- which provided the perfect
platform to collectively learn, share our experiences and expand our
networks for future collaborations," says Sujata. "It helped me gain
insight into various aspects of community engaged research, hone my own
skills in research design and methodology as well as establish, for the
first time, a research foundation at ATASK."
With winter approaching upon us, the families and residents in the shelter would be grateful for any donations of warm winter gear
for all ages, such as winter coats, thermal underwears, boots, snow
pants, hats, scarves, and mittens. Also, warm tops and bottoms would be
appreciated too. And as always, donations of bedding, warm blankets, and
toiletries would be welcomed as well.
Please contact Uyen Tran. Or to make a donation, please visit atask.org and indicate the purpose of your donation in the comments box. Thank you!