Stanley Chen

Asian American Civic Association

“Through a lifetime, sometimes you need help from others. Whenever you can help others, you should help. When you need help, then others will give help to you. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to do what I can for others.”

Stanley started his own real estate company, Stanchen Construction Company, in the mid 1970s, with the primary goal of developing senior housing for low-income Chinese immigrants in the city. 

His company built the Quincy Tower in 1978, the first affordable housing project for seniors in Chinatown, then developed South Cove Plaza East and West in the adjacent Theatre District and Bay Village neighborhoods of Boston four years later. Together, the two projects have provided 393 subsidized housing units for seniors that have housed more than 6,000 residents along with providing more than 1 million subsidized lunches for the tenants.

In 2015, the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) dedicated the Stanley & Josephine Chen Center of Excellence for Immigrant Learning “for Chen’s lifelong devotion to education and learning and helping to improves the lives of immigrants in America.”  

Even in retirement in Palo Alto, California, the 94-year-old Stanley continues to dedicate his time and financial resources to support the Boston community. A scholarship in his name for UMass Boston students enrolled in the Asian-American Asian Studies program requires recipients to volunteer a minimum of 100 hours of community service to a local nonprofit.

Staley and his wife Josephine have donated their entire estate to charities and has contracted the Boston Foundation to manage their charitable works after they pass away.