Ms. Hung, a native of Taiwan, came to America to pursue higher education, expand her horizons, and search for the meaning of life. Once in the United States, she was fascinated by American culture, while she also developed a deep appreciation for her own Chinese cultural heritage.
Since joining the Chinese Culture Connection (CCC) in 1997 as a volunteer, Mei saw a high-minded organization that, not only gave her the opportunity to share her cultural heritage, but also provided a great way for her to learn more about the American way. In 1999, Mei succeeded the founder and Executive Director of CCC, Catherine Hsu, and relocated the charitable and outreach organization to Malden. During her tenure, Mei has delivered numerous programs, as well as developed many new ones. She hopes that using Chinese arts and culture as a conduit will inspire all cultures to come together to connect, understand and appreciate each other. Hopefully, this spirit will help unite humanity into a world of mutual benefit.
Mei has been a member of the Kiwanis Club International since 2000, and has served as an advisor to the Key Club at Malden High School since 2011. She is a member of the Advisory Council at Mystic Valley Elderly Services and a Community Council Member of the Hallmark Health System.
Mei obtained her BA degree from Bentley (College) University, and earned her MA degree in Education and Psychology from Tufts University. She has studied Tai Ji for many years with world-renowned masters, which has informed her teaching at Boston University since 2003. In her rare moments of free time, Mei enjoys cooking and playing the GuQin, an ancient Chinese stringed instrument.
Program Director, LDASP
Joy Liu is the Program Director for the Chinese Culture Connection. She has over 10 years of experience in Operational Management, Project Management, and Marketing. She is very passionate about cultural enrichment for all, through education and the creative arts. Ms. Liu is an experienced hospitality industry professional. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Operational Management from Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan and a Master of Science in Project Management from Northeastern University. Ms. Liu is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Accounting from Suffolk University. In her free time, Ms. Liu advocates for better animal welfare laws and affordable early childhood education.
Yihua (Eva) Jiang is the Communications Coordinator at the Chinese Culture Connection. She is responsible for coordination and organization for different events at the CCC, such as the East Meets West Cultural Dialogue, the Ping Pong tournament, the Annual Gala, as well as many others. Eva graduated from New York University with a Masters Degree in International Relations. During her school years, she gained extensive experience in the field of education and nonprofit organization. After graduation, she worked as a marketing and communication coordinator at the World Ocean School, which provided her with a strong marketing skills and program organization. These experiences and skills are indispensable to her current job.
Little Dragon AfterSchool Program Coordinator
She has been with us since mid-March 2020 when the onset of pandemic social distancing went into effect, and when we transferred everything to an online platform. Casey has a BA with a dual major in Hospitality / Tourism Management, as well as Japanese and Literature from UMass Amherst, and a Master's Degree in Education as an ESL teacher from Boston University.
With some prior ESL teaching experience in the past, Casey is eager to help coordinate the CCC’s online Little Dragon program. In the meantime, she will also offer a class on Storytelling and role playing. This class is designed to help students be exposed to the great world's tales of the past, and also help students improve their oral communication skills and develop confidence in public speaking, a very important skill one should develop at early age.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Xiaohong (Ada) He is a Community Outreach Coordinator at the Chinese Culture Connection. She is responsible for reaching out to the Asian/Chinese immigrant community and provides aids to those who need help. Meanwhile, she serves as a liaison among CCC, community organizations and government officials.
She enjoys taking pleasure in helping others, and therefore she had volunteered for Tufts Medical Center, Asian American Civic Association and The Immigrant Learning Center. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and Wuyi local dialect and has diverse community service experience to help Chinese speaking residents solve daily issues.
Arts & Crafts Teacher
Afterschool Chinese Teacher
Qunfang serves as a bilingual Chinese teacher in the after school program at Chinese Culture Connection since September, 2021. She has been a college teacher in China for 8 years, so she really knows how to get along with students and take advantage of her teaching experience for this position. She always respects every student and listens to them, finding out what they really want. She is nice, patient and always helpful.
“Every student has his or her own strong point, so as a teacher, I just need to find it out, and never let a single student been left behind.” That’s what she believes and what she does while she is teaching.
Publication and Grant Writer
Andrew Sebald is the Publication and Grant Writer for Chinese Culture Connection. Andrew first started studying Chinese when he entered college, and decided to study further into Chinese studies as a result. He studied abroad in Beijing and Hangzhou for six months, where he not only got to practice Chinese, but also created a healthy craving for spicy food. Since his time in China, Andrew wants to continue to find cultural bridges between the US and China wherever they can be built. Andrew graduated with a Bachelor’s in International and Global Studies: East Asia from Middlebury College. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing sports, and participating in social justice advocacy.