ExploreChinatown Newsletter
Rise of Xenophobia amid the COVID-19 Outbreak
Discussion with New York City Agencies
Monday, March 9, 2020 | 3pm to 4:30pm

49 Madison Street
New York, NY 10038

Open to the General Public
Come Learn and Voice Your Concerns

  • Learn how to protect yourself against COVID-19 (Cornavirus)
  • What to do when facing discrimination, harassment, or deceptive practices like price gouging
  • Latest updates in New York City

Speakers include: NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Commission on Human Rights, NY Police Dept, Mayor's Office for the Prevention of Hate Crime, NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, Renaissance Economic Development Corp., and NYC Dept of Consumer & Worker Protection

Presented by Office of NYC Councilmember Margaret Chin
Hosted by Chinatown Partnership

Partners: American Chang Le Association Union Inc, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Chinese Chamber of Commerce of NY, Chinese American Restaurant Service Association, Fujian American Council, Fu Jian Association in USA Inc, New Kam Man Supermarket

Resource Table: CCHR, DOHMH, MOIA, OEM, DOE-upk
The global response to COVID-19 has made clear that the fear of contracting disease has an ugly cousin: xenophobia. As the coronavirus has spread from China to other countries, anti-Asian discrimination has followed closely behind, manifesting in plummeting sales at Chinese restaurants, near-deserted Chinatown districts and racist bullying against people perceived to be Chinese.

At best, this kind of practice is lazy journalism. "It's extremely disappointing that ubiquitous news sources, such as the New York Times and the New York Post, are perpetuating coronavirus-related hysteria and discrimination against Asian American and Pacific Islanders due to lack of oversight. Something as simple as double checking a stock photo to accurately depict breaking news should be elementary," Rita Pin Ahrens, the Executive Director of OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, told Refinery29 in an email.

And Natalia Molina , a professor of history and American studies at the University of Southern California, told Vox’s Sean Illing that society has “always used race as an organizing principle to define problems in the economy, problems in the culture, problems in the political domain. When there’s a pandemic or any kind of health crisis, our existing ideas about race naturally shape how we process and frame the situation.”
Prepare Your Business for COVID-19

Under the Rules of the City of New York ( 6 RCNY §5-38),the commissioner can declare certain items temporarily in short supply during extraordinary circumstances. Stores selling items that have been declared in short supply cannot excessively increase prices, require the purchase of a minimum quantity of the item, deny consumers equal opportunity to purchase the item or require consumers to purchase another item to get the item in short supply. DCWP will be inspecting stores and responding to consumer complaints. Stores found to be overcharging consumers will be issued a violation with a fine up to $500. The declaration expires in 30 days but can be cancelled or extended by the commissioner.

DCWP encourages consumers who are overcharged to file a complaint at or by contacting 311.

Continue to Show Some Love for Chinatown
Raffle Contest Ends 3/15
Continue to Show Some Love for Chinatown! Dine, Shop & Support our local merchants and be entered in a raffle for great prizes including an Apple iPhone X, jewelry and Fuji INSTAX Mini Camera.

Visit our Chinatown Information Kiosk (Baxter & Canal Streets) to redeem your receipt for a raffle entry, and to also leave love notes to be displayed on our bulletin board and display screen.

Rules of Entry

  1. Purchase a meal, item, or service of at least $10 from any business within the Chinatown BID service area during the raffle contest period from February 14 to March 15, 2020.
  2. Obtain a receipt that clearly indicates the business name and the amount paid.
  3. Present each receipt (of at least $10) at the Chinatown Information Kiosk during operating hours (10am to 5pm) in exchange for one raffle ticket entry. Please fill out your name, phone number and email address so that you can be contacted on March 16, 2020 if you are a raffle prize winner.
Social Media Tags
 #DineInChinatown #ShopInChinatown #SupportChinatown

"I’ve been using #supportchinatown, which was created by the Chinatown Business Improvement District, and doing my part as a community leader to squash the fear. If I can eat in Chinatown, so can you. But there’s only so much I can do as one person. I’m just trying to get people on the bandwagon. The businesses that are suffering the most are the mom-and-pop spots in Flushing and Sunset Park—not my restaurant." - Wilson Tang

Chinese restaurants are even more vulnerable. They have long struggled because Chinese food is perceived as a “cheap meal.” But once the owner has paid for the ingredients, labor, rent, insurance, property and business taxes, water, electricity, and sanitation, how much profit could there possibly be in a $6.50 bowl of wonton soup? Necessarily, the Chinese business model is based on volume, but if customers avoid Chinatown, more restaurants will succumb to the fate of Hoy Wong.

Large companies and retailers like Apple and Nike have made headlines during the coronavirus outbreak, as investors anxiously await news on whether the virus will impact the companies’ abilities to make sales.
But because of the many impacts of the virus, small business owners are struggling, too. Although official reports showing the impact on small businesses have yet to be released, news reports across the country illustrate the struggles.

Included in the measure is a provision based on legislation recently introduced by Meng and her colleagues, Reps. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Judy Chu (D-CA). The Small Business Relief from Communicable Disease Induced Economic Hardship Act would allow emergency loans to small businesses that have suffered economic losses related to the outbreak.

The spending bill is expected to be approved by the Senate this week.

The Customized Training program provides federally funded grants to help NYC-based businesses train and retain their employees. This competitive, reimbursable training grant is available for businesses that are for-profit, operating for at least one year, and able to pay for training upfront. Customized Training grants offer financial support to make training your staff more affordable. The right trainings can help your bottom line, reduce employee turnover, improve morale, promote an efficient and productive workforce, and increase your competitiveness in the marketplace. 

The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an intensive executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities. Developed by SBA and drawing on the experiences of advisors and business leaders in urban communities across the country, this comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to catapult your company to the next level and help it emerge as a force in your community.

The training is specifically designed to stimulate and support the expansion of your business.
Asked why he established Golden Diner, Yoo replied, “I’m trying to sustain the life of something that is so integral to my youth and also New York as a city—diner culture.” He says Golden Diner is inspired by “the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Little Italy. A lot of our menu is a reflection of our neighborhood.”
The ten-seat chef counter is available by reservation only, but walk-in customers can order a la carte sushi, small plates, and a $30 cocktail omakase next door at the adjoining Bar at Nakaji. This intimate Tokyo-style bar — which is designed to look like a sushi counter and also takes reservations — serves limited-edition Japanese whiskies and contemporary cocktails, like an old fashioned made with green tea and a gin drink called Shobu made with egg white and lemongrass shochu.
2020 Census Coming Soon
Because so much is at stake, it's critical that New Yorkers stand up and be counted in the 2020 Census. In the 2010 Census, the city’s self-response rate was less than 62%, compared to the national average of 76%.

We need every New Yorker to get involved to ensure that their community is counted!
2020 Census is coming (Cantonese)
2020 Census is coming (Mandarin)

The Chinese Progressive Association is seeking volunteers to help distribute census info around the neighborhood tomorrow Sat, Mar 7. Training and refreshments will be provided.
Call for Artwork (Deadline: Sunday, March 8, 2020)
The Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) is looking for a poster and visual identity design for the 41st Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Festival on Saturday, May 16, 2020. The festival will include more than 50 APA organizations throughout New York City, performances, demonstrations, and food vendors, and will take place in Chelsea on West 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Sat, March 7, 2020 | 6pm to 10pm
Henry Street Settlement

To support the recovery and rebuilding process of five cornerstone organizations displaced on January 23rd, 2020 (two days before Lunar New Year) by the devastating fire at 70 Mulberry Street, whose work is vital to residents in Chinatown including youth, elderly, and all in between, a small group of cultural workers and community organizers from various Asian-interest organizations have organized this fundraising event/community effort.


NYCCC is thrilled to announce that Master Chuy will be teaching our Chinese lion dance class. Join this workshop to get a taste of NYCCC's class! The workshop is FREE for all while registration is required. To RSVP, please email with your name, number of RSVPs and ages of the participants by March 6th.


The past comes alive in this interactive series that takes you back in time to discover what it was like to be a child on the Lower East Side more than a century ago. In this session, we’ll focus on what it was like to go to shul as a kid in the early 1900s. Recommended for children ages 5-11 and their adult companions.