Manhattan's Chinatown has suffered immensely since the pandemic began a year ago. Business dried up over night as the City began to shut down and then-president Donald Trump spread false ideas about the coronavirus and its connections to China. Residents lost work in droves. Now, we are in the midst of an unprecedented series of hate crimes against Asian New Yorkers across the City.
For the third event in our series of online talks, Rong Xiaoqing, a reporter for the Chinese-language newspaper Sing Tao Daily, will discuss the events of the past year and will shed light on what the future holds for Chinatown residents as they grapple with loss of employment, declining business and mounting rent debts, among many other issues. We'll hear from three New Yorkers involved in Chinatown affairs, including:
- Wellington Chen, executive director of the Chinatown BID, will discuss how hard Chinatown businesses have been hit.
- Joanne Kwong, president of Pearl River Mart, will talk about heritage and cultural appropriation, and rent pressure.
- Yin Kong, founder of Think! Chinatown will discuss geographic inequality in some city programs meant to provide help to businesses during the pandemic.