－Love Yourself，Love Community
This Tuesday，”Origin” youths’ final report event has been successfully completed. Youth and other community members were gathered together in the CASL Grand hall to celebrate this event. We learned about Chinatown’s situation and worked together to create a better Chinatown community.
This event is solely based on the purpose of community improvement and awake people’s feeling of belonging to the community. We allow people to know about Chinatown’s situation and learn more about our community. Youths from Coalition For A Better Chinese American Community(CBCAC) form a special team called “Origin” to create a better Chinatown community. “Origin” have a special means that the youth will be the next generation’s leaders for the Chinatown community.
Within the past two month, Origin youths have been working very hard to improve themselves. They hope to use their passion, enthusiam, creativity, and unique working style to express our idea and dream to the Community. We did many researches through internet to gather information about the Chinatown community. We collect information mostly about Chinatown’s history, culture, public services, environmental sanitation, Safety , and events to create a better understanding of Chicago Chinatown. We organize all the information and data to make a power point about Chinatown’s current situation. We present the power point to different community organizations and allow them to know more about Chinatown’s current situation. The presentation talk about Chinatown’s major problems such as sanitation, Safety , and parking. In addition, the presenters came up with solutions to those problem such as building more public garbage cans, more biking patrols, more parking lot, and encourage people to use bike more.
Moreover, “Origin” members have make more than 300 calls to collect different ideas and opinions from local residents in order to understand the local perspective of Chinatown. People who came from different places, age group, and different background will provide us with a more comprehensive data to analyze. From those data we can see how the Chinese people in the Chinatown community identify themselves and what they believe as the advantage and disadvantage of Chicago Chinatown. We have seen many interesting responses and we also appreciate our youth group and local resident to take out times to talk about their experiences in Chinatown. Their storys and responses make this presentation and research more reliable. Within the Questionnaire, our youth discover that 53.3% of the Respondents will want to move out of Chintown due to the sanitation and Safety problems. When talk about idenity isuues, 62.2% of respondents that live within Chinatown believe that they are still Chinese. While 58% of respondents that live outside of Chinatown believe they are Asian Americans. Identity problem also play a major role on whether or not Chinatown resident truly understand Chinese culture and whether or not they want to move away form Chinatown.
Safety has always been an issue in Chinatown. Especially when crime statistic increase within the recent years, Safety become a more serious problem that even caught media’s attention. Residents in Chinatown are also worry about their own Safety , and the resolution to this Safety problem require both government’s support on catching the criminals and resident’s awareness of the surrounding. In order to protect themselves residents must pay more attention to their surrounding and learn more tips about how to avoid those situation. “Origin” youths notice the problem and wish to make some videos to warn people how to protect themselve from robbery and other Safety issues. For example, people should not keep on looking at their phone while walking and make sure to close window and place valuable items at a safe place. Those videos contain humorous part that make people laugh and at the same time teach people many lessons. We can see that the “Orgin” members have truly put efforts into this presentation.
Within these two months, “Orgin” youths from not knowing each other and don’t even speak the same language to now becoming best friends. From the beginning, the youths have no idea how to improve Chinatown community. But now, all the youths work together and come up with a well performed presentation. We have received compliments from each organizations who came to see our presentation. We see all the youth’s growth and how they challenged themselves in every step. Most importantly we also see the potential and the future of our community within those youths.
Not just the youths can improve our Chinatown community. Actually, every single one of us could make it better. The “Origin” team can grow bigger with everyone’s support just like a tree that can keep on growing to provide protection and prosperity to our community. Together, we can make our community better.
Love Yourself, Love Community.