December 2011 Newsletter

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Silk Road 2011
Client Story
In the Community
Staff Highlight
Shelter Updates

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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!

Photo by Brian Choi
All the pictures from the Gala, including the pre-gala photo-op session, can be seen in the ATASK's facebook page.

Client Story 

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. 


"The organization 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.


"Impressive to 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 

 Photo by
Phalkun Sum 
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.

YEP 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

The 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

This September, 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

On 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.   

"It has 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."
Shelter Updates

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 and indicate the purpose of your donation in the comments box. Thank you!