CAAL 40th Anniversary Presents the Play: “Interconnect” – New England Chinese American Stories

The original play “Interconnect” by Nick Ning inspired by the real stories of Chinese Americans during the COVID pandemic will stage at Cary Hall in Lexington on April 8! The play presented by Shiyin Poetry Society, Chinese American Association in Lexington, and New England Chinese American Alliance will feature many performance groups in the Boston area.

 “Interconnect” 1.0 @UMB premiered at UMass Boston on November 19th last year and was a full-house sensation.  “Interconnect” 2.0 @MIT on February 26th at the MIT Kresge Main Theater has addition of English subtitles. It was wowed by the broader audiences as “an epic production!”.

“Interconnect” 3.0 @Lex Cary Hall on April 8 is the best ever! It tells stories of the Chinese American community in Lexington and the Greater Boston area. Their trailblazer initiatives and spirit of love have built connections and communities in times of crisis. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Chinese American Association of Lexington. Let this play be the “first shot” to kick off the celebration of Patriot’s Day, and the May AAPI Heritage Month!

Director’s Notes:

Interconnect, a play (with English subtitles), tells the story of a Chinese student at MIT and a Chinese-American family in Lexington coming together to grapple with the turmoil of the COVID pandemic. Though they face the same global and local events together, Qiang and the Ding family have very different experiences – and yet some remain similar in surprising ways. All of them wonder about the way forward. How do we build bridges instead of walls between people in times of crisis?

This original six-act drama presents the dynamic lives of Chinese and Chinese-Americans as they navigate experiences from finding love to coping with loss and everything in between. Their stories are based on real events from the past three years, including Chinese-American efforts to help Wuhan, widespread mask relief campaigns, and joining in the Stop Asian Hate movement. Even Michelle Wu’s election as the new mayor of Boston gets a moment!

As tensions between the US and China escalate ever higher, this play is a relevant look at the people caught in the middle. Where are Chinese-Americans supposed to fall? What does it even mean to be American, or Chinese? 

In general, how is identity formed – is it chosen, earned, or destined?

Showtime:7:00 – 9:00 pm, 2023/04/08

Address: Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420

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《互联》1.0 @UMB 版于去年11月19日在麻州大学波士顿校区首演爆满轰动,反响热烈。今年2月26日《互联》2.0 @MIT 版是结合MIT和社区团体加盟的在MIT贝壳大剧场的演出,首次英文字幕版被美国观众也誉为史诗性巨作!

今年是莱镇华协成立40周年,此次《互联》3.0升级版将更为精彩。结合疫情和时局中莱克星顿华裔旗帜性创举和大波士顿各华人团体互联协作, 增加和细化几个重要桥段。也为庆祝四月爱国者日和五月的亚太裔传统月打响“第一枪”!


时间 :7:00 – 9:00 pm, 2023/04/08

地点:Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02420

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社区好活动推荐: Dance Around The World

Dance Around the World 

Time: Sat, 3/18  

Social:  6:00 PM – 6:45 PM  

Performance: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM  

Location: Lexington High School Gymnasium, 251 Waltham Street  

三月十八日晚,由莱克星顿艺术委员会 (LCA) 和莱镇庆典委员会 (TCC) 组织主办和赞助的公共艺术项目舞动世界(Dance Around World)将在莱镇高中体育馆举行。来自不同舞蹈团体的舞者不仅将给大家展示包括爵士舞、踢踏舞、现代舞、嘻哈、中国古典舞、印度奥迪西,韩国宫廷舞等等在内的不同风格不同文化背景的舞蹈,也将带领大家一起舞动,领略舞蹈的乐趣与魅力。


[Lexington Observer] CAAL Stages Lunar New Year Series

Red lanterns have brightened the winter landscape of the Depot Building in Lexington Center since February 5, part of the inaugural Lantern Festival sponsored by the Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL). The large lanterns on the front façade were removed Thursday; the small ones at the rear of the building will remain in place for the time being.

The festival is the culminating event of a three-part Lunar New Year Celebration Series that provides what Melanie Lin of CAAL calls “a full Lunar New Year experience” where visitors are immersed in the treasures of Asian culture.  

This year’s celebration kicked off with a Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition presented by CAAL and LexArt. Part two was a cross-culture fair and gala performance with 200 entertainers at Cary Hall on January 22, Chinese New Year’s Day. Lin estimates that thousands attended the events which were staged thanks to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.

Partner organizations for the series included Artisan Dance Academy (ADA), Korean American Organization of Lexington (KOLex), Lexington Historical Society, New Legacy Cultural Center and the Town of Lexington.

Book Talk: Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden/与莱镇作家李竹青面对面 -《花香园的女儿们》

March is Women’s History Month

Author Zhuqing Li will discuss her new memoir, Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden: Two Sisters Separated by China’s Civil War. She will share the journey of her two maternal aunts who were accidentally separated when China split in 1949. The two sisters refused to submit to the random power of history and fought their way to the elite echelons of the two opposing societies after China’s split.” A question and answer session will follow.

Zhuqing Li was a longtime Lexington resident. She is currently a visiting associate professor of East Asian Studies and faculty curator of East Asian Collections at the Brown University Library. Her main field of research is Chinese linguistics, especially dialectology. She has authored three academic books on Chinese linguistics and one on Chinese returnees. Her latest book has received rave reviews from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among others. More information can be found on

In-person attendance is on a first come basis.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase from Maxima Book Center.

由莱镇图书馆(Cary Library)和莱镇华协(CAAL)携手合作,三月初春特别推出:与莱镇作家李竹青见面会,以纪念和庆祝妇女历史月.

莱镇作家李竹青是布朗大学东亚系的客座教授, 兼为布朗大学图书馆的东亚馆学术馆长。《花香园的女儿们》(The Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden)是她根据自己非凡的家族故事而创作的最新著作。该书被”Five Books” 选为2022年最好的五本中国书之一,并获得布朗大学图书奖.


The Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden

时间:星期二 7:00-8:00pm, 3月7日 

地点:Cary Memorial Library



最近当你走过莱镇中心或散步在民兵自行车道,你是否留意到位于镇中心的老火车站(Lexington Depot)火树银花,彩灯高悬?这是我们镇首次庆祝中国新春的元宵佳节。