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Asst. Speaker Clark Tours Asian-Owned Small Businesses for Small Business Week, Asian American Heritage Month

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  MALDEN – Last week, Assistant Speaker of the House of Representatives Katherine Clark (MA-5) toured several Asian-owned small businesses in downtown Malden to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month 2022 and Small Business Week. Her tour began with a kickoff at South Cove Community Health Center and continued to Ming’s Restaurant, Maria’s Hair Salon, and Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy. Following the tour, Clark returned to South Cove Community Health Center, where she spoke with AAPI elected officials, local community leaders, and AAPI organizations from across Massachusetts’ 5th Congressional district.

  “Here in Malden, and across the Boston metropolitan area, we are so fortunate to have an active and vibrant Asian American community, and every family in our state benefits from the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences,” said Assistant Speaker Clark. “Through all the trauma and hardship of the last two years, I have seen the Asian community come together to help their neighbors, donating masks and food, and joining marches and protests to demand justice for all. It’s truly been an inspiration and I will continue to work with our AAPI small businesses, local leaders, and my colleagues in Congress to ensure their future success.”

Clark met with the following organizations:

South Cove Community Health Center (SCCHC)

Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition (GMAACC)

Chinese Culture Connection (CCC)

Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC)

Chinese American Alliance of Lexington (CAAL)

New England Chinese American Alliance (NECAA)

Indian American of Lexington (IAL)

Coalition for Anti-Racism, Equity & Justice in Education (CARE)

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK)

Asian Community Fund (TBF)

MA Asian American and Pacific Islander Commission

US Small Business Association

U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark said she is there to listen and learn from community members.
U.S. Rep. Clark toured Maria’s Salon on Pleasant Street.
Maria’s Beauty Salon owner Katherine Mang Tran is pictured with Rep. Clark during her Asian-owned business tour on Pleasant Street for Small Business Week.
Last Thursday at Ming’s Seafood Restaurant, community members had a roundtable discussion about operating a small business in Malden.
South Cove Community Health Center Executive Director Eugene Welch said Asians, including Vietnamese and Filipinos, make up a large category.
Rep. Clark talked with Cantonese interpreter Anna Tse and Ming’s Seafood owner Ling Chen about the restaurant being closed for five months during the pandemic.
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Greater Malden Asian American Community Coalition Co-Founder & Board of Directors Member Mai Du said Rep. Clark is a local national voice.

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