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Welcome To Chinatown
February 24, 2021
Here’s How You Can Support NYC’s Asian Community Right Now
Donations, takeout, and more ways for you to support.
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Since the beginning of the pandemic, hate crimes and other acts of violence against East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) communities have been spiking across the country. Recently in Queens, a 52-year-old Asian American woman was pushed to the ground outside of a bakery. On the subway in Manhattan, 51-year-old Noel Quintana was slashed in the face with a razor while on his way to work. In San Francisco, 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee was murdered. And in Oakland’s Chinatown, a 91-year-old man was viciously shoved to the ground. Reports have found that these racist and xenophobic attacks have increased by 1,900 percent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In effort to affect change, a group of NYC restaurants launched a fundraiser called Enough Is Enough on the first day of Lunar New Year. Through this campaign, Junzi Kitchen, Saigon Social, Fish Cheeks, Nowon, Di an Di, and more, are spreading awareness about these violent attacks and raising money to provide free meals to underserved communities during these tough times. In partnership with Kitchen Rodeo, they’re also offering access to a virtual cooking class to all of their campaign donors. The class, appropriately titled “Lunar Banquet for Uncle Vicha,” will take place on February 22nd. Not only has the fundraising campaign more than doubled its original $25K goal, but it has also announced that it will donate the additional funds to other non-profit organizations helping Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander communities.

If you’re interested in local organizations that could use some financial support right now, check out these groups:

  • Heart of Dinner: Delivers care packages to Asian elders in NYC.

  • Mekong: Improves the quality of life of the Southeast Asian community in the Bronx and throughout New York City by achieving equity through community organizing and healing, promoting arts, culture, and language, and creating a safety net by improving access to essential social services.

  • Send Chinatown Love: This crowdfunding platform donates 100% of its proceeds to cash-only, Asian-owned small businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

  • Think! Chinatown: Amplifies the voices of Manhattan’s Chinatown residents and business owners, and advocates for equitable policies and programs on their behalf.

  • Welcome to Chinatown: This grassroots initiative developed to support Chinatown businesses and amplify community voices that generates much needed momentum for the preservation of one of New York City’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

Other Ways You Can Help:

  • Speak up about these issues in your own community. And if you feel comfortable, attend the emergency rally happening in Washington Square Park on Saturday, February 20th.

  • Check out Protect Chinatown's new walking chaperone initiative and volunteer to accompany anyone who feels unsafe walking around Flushing, Sunset Park, or Manhattan's Chinatown. You have to be at least 18-years-old to participate, and you can find all the details here.

  • Report any hate crimes you might witness to Stop AAPI Hate using this link.

  • Support Asian-owned businesses by ordering takeout and delivery from a spot on our guides to Sunset Park, Koreatown, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights, along with our Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese guides.

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