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Cleveland Renames Street In Honor Of Late AsiaTown Advocate Stanley Eng

AsiaTown renames a portion of E. 30th Street in honor of Stanley Eng who worked on behalf of immigrants and the elderly. [Gabriel Kramer / ideastream]
Cleveland street sign in Chinese and English honoring local Asian advocate.

East 30th Street between Payne and Superior will bare the name Stanley Eng Way at a ceremony in Cleveland's AsiaTown on Saturday.

Eng, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 78, was the driving force behind the Asian Evergreen Apartments, a senior living facility on Payne Avenue catering to Asian American residents. He also organized meal programs for seniors, started English classes for immigrants and served as liaison between Cleveland's Asian Americans and City Hall.

According to MidTown Cleveland, this is the first street in Cleveland with bilingual signage. 

"He was a most dedicated Chinese community leader. He was always ready to serve," said Anthony Yen, who worked with Eng on Asian issues in Northeast Ohio. Yen remembered Eng for his efforts on behalf of the elderly and those in need.

Eng worked to bring a branch of the Cleveland Chinese Christian Church to AsiaTown.

William Young, former chairman of the Cleveland Chinese Benevolent Association, described Eng as "a gentleman's gentleman" and said he inspired younger generations of Asian American leaders in Cleveland.

"Without him, people like me might not be doing as much volunteering," said Young. "He has led the movement to get the Asian community being recognized by the general public because we are part of the American fabric."

The street naming ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. on the corner of Payne Avenue and East 30th Street — otherwise known as Stanley Eng Way. 

Gabriel Kramer is a reporter/producer and the host of “NewsDepth,” Ideastream Public Media's news show for kids.