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Dates:Thursday, September 1, 2022 - Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Arts & Culture

lantern stories greenway lights at chinatown gate photoThe Greenway Conservancy is thrilled to announce the re-installation of Lantern Stories by Boston-based interdisciplinary artist Yu-Wen Wu, a public artwork comprising thirty one lanterns that celebrate the past, present, and future of Boston’s vibrant Chinatown community.

Lantern Stories celebrates Boston Chinatown’s vibrant community. Lantern Stories consists of 31 lanterns suspended over the central plaza of Chin Park that portray Chinatown’s history of immigration, culture, and resiliency.

Lanterns represent light and guide the way forward, illuminating surrounding darkness.

From the humble beginnings as a candle flame surrounded by bamboo, silk or paper, the lantern has become an integral part of celebrations that foster hope and pave the way to a brighter future.

The images on the lanterns relate the long and fraught history of Chinese immigration in the United States. From early arrivals during the California Goldrush in the 1850’s to this current unprecedented moment, new immigrants and native born Asian Americans have confronted inequities on multiple levels.


Other lantern images celebrate culture – art, calligraphy, music and performance, as well as the community’s strong commitment to education, entrepreneurship, and social justice. The colors used throughout are central in Asian culture: red, which symbolizes happiness and good fortune, and gold, symbolizing prosperity.



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