The pandemic and attacks against Asian-Americans mute Lunar New Year celebrations in San Francisco.
San Francisco – The fish and crab tanks are empty behind the wood-paneled restaurant, and chairs stand here and there. Bill Lee, owner of Far East Cafe in San Francisco’s Chinatown, surveyed the vacant second-floor banquet hall that would be packed with hundreds of customers during any other lunar year.
“I keep losing my money”, said the former Cantonese club and Speaksey, about his century-old restaurant. “If it continues in a similar way, I would like to shut it down.”
Since the year of Ox began on Friday, there were only silent attempts to celebrate. The epidemic has hit San Francisco’s Chinatown, America’s oldest and largest, particularly harsh. Shortage of tourists, a group of violent attacks and robberies in Chinese neighborhoods in the Bay Area, and epidemic-related Casteism Combined to intensify the economic pain felt in Chinatown against Asian-Americans.
From a strictly medical standpoint, the neighborhood has fared better than many other parts of the country, Quickly stop a large-scale outbreak. And wearing masks was ubiquitous this week on densely populated streets, where shopkeepers walked through a handful of shops to decorate the Lunar New Year.
But a few blocks away, in a park where older residents had gathered to play board games, Will Liam Ham, a New Yorker helping to lead a neighborhood security patrol, whistled and a Chinese-language pamphlet was handed Fired, titled “How How to Report a Hate Crime.”
“During the Lunar New Year there is a perception that the elderly have money,” Mr. Hamm said.
He flew from New York on Wednesday after watching the video on social media that created a worldwide boom Attacks on Asian-Americans In Oakland and San Francisco, including the murder of Vicha Ratanpakadi, an 84-year-old Thai man who was Grounded Last month and died of his injuries.
Mr. Ham said, “So often, people in the community do not say that when violence is for them, they are afraid of the consequences and nothing of the sort happens.” “It’s time for us to speak.”
Across the Bay, Oak Chanestown Chamber of Commerce President Carl Chan has conducted more than 20 attacks in the area over the past two weeks. Many of them were not reported, Mr. Chan said, partly because police officers could take hours to reach the scene.
“Our seniors are afraid to walk on their own roads,” Mr. Chan said.
David Lee, a political science lecturer at San Francisco State University who specializes in the history of Oakland and San Francisco’s Chinatown, said these neighborhoods were the first among nations to feel the effects of the epidemic last year.
Last February, before any lockdown, tourists left San Francisco’s Chinatown, prompting Nancy Pelosi, the house speaker whose district includes Chinatown, to go to a show of support.
Mr. Lee says that the shops in Chinatown, San Francisco and many of the pedlocked shops cannot return. But the neighborhood, he says, has survived the emergence of the bubonic plague at the turn of the 20th century and decades of racism.
“We will not let Chinatown die,” Mr. Lee said. “This is very important for the cultural fabric of the people of San Francisco. But is Chinatown going to see the way it did before the epidemic? I have the same question. “