TECO-Boston hosted “2012 Newton-Taiwan Day” with a parade and fair at the Culture Center in Newton in the afternoon of May 5, 2012 (Saturday) as part of New England Taiwanese Heritage Week. The event took place in the Hyde Community Center Park and area by the Culture Center. Massachusetts State Representatives Kay Khan, Donald Wong, and Tackey Chan, together with Newton Mayor Setti Warren, Aldermen-at-Large Greer Tan Swiston, John Rice and Gregory Schwartz, and community leaders all took part in the event. Over one thousand people from the Asian and local communities attended the festivities.
Director-General Hung, Director Jack Huang of the Culture Center, local government officials, and Asian Community leaders kicked off the parade of dazzling performances attracting a large crowd of onlookers along the route. Following the parade, Director-General Hung and Newton Mayor Setti Warren gave welcoming remarks at the opening ceremony. Three Massachusetts State Representatives, noted above, extended their congratulations and presented citations recognizing the contribution of TECO-Boston in promoting bilateral exchanges between Taiwan and Massachusetts. The fair included an array of traditional foods, arts and crafts demonstrations, and displays for all to enjoy.