Created By: University of Massachusetts Boston
At this site, you will listen to the history of VietAID (narrated from inside the VietAID Center by Professor Peter Kiang). Located adjacent to the Fields Corner Red Line T station, VietAID was founded in 1994 as a bilingual, non-profit community development organization based in Fields Corner. In addition to completing numerous affordable housing projects in the neighborhood and establishing the only bilingual Vietnamese preschool in the state, VietAID also developed and managed the first Vietnamese American Community Center in the U.S. which has housed dozens of Vietnamese-serving organizations and provided community space for activities and events every year since 2002. VietAID’s leadership role in Dorchester and with the region ‘s Vietnamese American community is unique, historic, and multi-faceted. Why is VietAID important to the Vietnamese American community in Dorchester and beyond? What is the role of the community center in regard to education, language, and cultural needs of Dorchester's Vietnamese American community and other communities in Dorchester?
Next, visit the website of VietAID: https://www.vietaid.org/community-center/
Then, read this Boston Globe article on the growing pressure faced by Boston's Vietnamese American community: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/04/28/business/vietnamese-enclave-faces-growing-pressure/
Last, read this WGBH article on the VietAID food program: https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2022/01/24/with-focus-on-culturally-relevant-food-dorchester-nonprofit-serves-vietnamese-residents-in-need
This point of interest is part of the tour: Fighting Anti-Asian Violence: Anh Mai’s Legacy Walking Tour