Saturday, August 01, 2009

Summer work program helps Asian immigrants get acclimated

This English class is for Asian immigrants and is taught by other Asian immigrants who have been here longer and are now fluent in English. They know what these newcomers are going through. - - Donna Poisl

By Tony Catinella

QUINCY - Yau Chong, 21, stands in a computer lab in Quincy High School and supervises eight Asian students who speak very little English.

Chong didn’t speak English when he moved to America from Hong Kong five years ago.

Since then, with the help of Quincy Asian Resources Inc. he has graduated from Quincy High School and is fluent in English. He is entering his senior year at Bentley College and will graduate in May with a degree in finance and economics. He hopes to work for a non-profit organization.

Chong is just one member of the summer youth employment program run by Quincy Asian Resources.

The program is funded and coordinated by the non-profit South Coastal Workforce Investment Board.
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