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A Dim Sum brunch to support Chinatown

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Councilors Wu and Flynn and Quincy Council President Nina Liang to show support for neighborhood small businesses.

“Earlier this month, [my husband] and the kids came with me to kick off the Lunar New Year lion dance parade in Chinatown, and then we headed over to China Pearl. We were surprised to be seated right away on a festival weekend—no line of waiting customers. The servers later shared with us that business had been way down during what is usually the busiest time of year for Chinatown restaurants. It was coronavirus, they whispered. People were staying away from the neighborhood out of fear. As I’ve spoken with more and more businesses, each has had the same experience,” stated Councilor Wu in an email she sent out to constituents.

Councilors Wu and Flynn and Quincy Council President Nina Liang are teaming up to host a Dim Sum Brunch in Chinatown to show support for neighborhood small businesses that have been hit hard by fears and discrimination around the coronavirus.

Councilor Wu mentioned hearing from families of kids, who are receiving comments from other children about who brought the virus here and Asian-Americans on the subway, who have shared stories of fellow commuters acting differently and keeping their distance. “The risk of the coronavirus in Boston is less than the risk of catching the flu, and certainly we all need to be as prepared as we possibly can, but also know that because it has been uniquely associated with a particular race of people there are impacts that have been extended beyond that.”

The Dim Sum Brunch in Chinatown will take place this Saturday, February 15, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the China Pearl Restaurant on 9 Tyler Street in Boston. To RSVP for this event, visit the Eventbrite page.