Recorded at the Pao Arts Center

 Cynthia Yee , wearing her Brownie Troop 52 uniform, and her cousin, Albert Yee, at the Boston Commons Frog Pond monument c. 1956

Cynthia Yee , wearing her Brownie Troop 52 uniform, and her cousin, Albert Yee, at the Boston Commons Frog Pond monument c. 1956

 Maryknoll Sisters Center Brownie Troupe, c. 1960. Cynthia Yee is second row, third from the right. Jennie Chin (front row third from left) is now a national leader and advocate in geriatric care

Maryknoll Sisters Center Brownie Troupe, c. 1960. Cynthia Yee is second row, third from the right. Jennie Chin (front row third from left) is now a national leader and advocate in geriatric care

Why: I like the tune, and it’s been useful for life actually. I was in Girl Scouts from ages six to sixteen with friends at the Maryknoll Sisters Center run by the Catholic church. It was the most vital center for girls' development and girl leadership development.

Migration story: My grandfather and his four brothers migrated to North America by finding work as laundry men on a ship going to Mexico. They somehow made their way up to San Francisco, and found help among the Clan Associations there. Because the anti-Chinese violence was so great there, they started moving east, and they started traveling across America, ending up in Morgantown, West Virginia, then New York City, and finally opening a laundry in the North End of Boston, in the Sicilian neighborhood where they settled.

Chinatown connection: I was born in Boston Chinatown. I grew up here on Hudson St, and I taught here.

Cynthia Yee is a published writer whose reflections on growing up in Boston Chinatown have traveled the world. Follow her work at Hudson Street Chronicles

原因:因为我喜欢它的歌调,而且这首歌能应用在生活上。我选这首歌不是因为我小时候很虔诚。这是因为玛利诺姐妹中心是由天主教会经营的,它成了女童子軍,我和我的朋友从六岁到十六岁都是女童子軍。这是女孩发展和发展女孩领导力最重要的中心。

移民故事:我的祖父和他的四个兄弟移居北美,他们在前往墨西哥的船上找到洗衣人员的工作,他们以某种方式来到三藩市,并在那里的氏族协会中寻求帮助。因为那里的反华暴力非常强烈,他们就开始向东移民,以及开始穿越美国,最后来到了西弗吉尼亚州的摩根敦,然后就来到纽约市,最后当他们安定下来后,就在波士顿北部的西西里附近开了一家洗衣店。

華埠關係:我在波士顿唐人街出生的。我在这里的Hudson街长大。我在這裏教书。

Cynthia Yee 是一位已出版的作家,她的作品是關於在波士頓唐人街裏成長的感受。她的作品已經布滿世界。關注她的作品:Hudson Street Chronicles