At an affordable-housing rally in Chinatown this summer, Long Lin strode out in front, hauling a white bucket he played as a drum. “Keep tenants in their homes!” the 16-year-old chanted as he marched toward the Chinatown Gate with other protesters. “Keep tenants in their homes!”
Lin moved with his parents to Boston’s Chinatown six years ago from Guangzhou, China, a densely populated trading port. They settled in the immigrant-heavy neighborhood because “it felt like home” and because rent for their two-bedroom apartment on Tyler Street, roughly $1,200 a month, was manageable.