From New City Council Member Margaret Chin:
Since the coronavirus made the news, we have been seeing a rise in xenophobia and discrimination against Asian New Yorkers and businesses. There’s never an excuse to discriminate, yet sadly during Lunar New Year, what should be the busiest time of the year, Chinatown shop and restaurant owners have been hit especially hard.
But we’re committed to turn crisis into opportunity.
Last weekend, crowds of New Yorkers celebrated a new year and new beginnings at the Lunar New Year parade. This week, I stood with Chinatown Partnership, Council Member Rivera, and small business owners to ask you to show some love to Chinatown. Watch the event here.
You can share your solidarity by visiting a local business to enter for a raffle sponsored by the Chinatown Partnership, taking a pic at the new Valentine’s Day themed backdrop at the Baxter Street kiosk, or using #DineinChinatown and tagging us.
Thank you to all the elected officials who have shown their support!
Recently our Culture Club students took a trip to the Houston Street Center to view the Creative Center’s Got Art! exhibit. They had an art-focused workshop led by Creative Center Director Robin Glazer and got to take a work of art home!
We’re taking students to Albany to advocate for adult literacy funding! Please join us! We’re going to visit the capital of New York State and speak to State Assembly Members and Senators.
Here are some pics from a previous trip:
Here are a couple recent articles using our latest Idiom of the Week – just click on the images to read!
In November we restarted Culture Club, which now meets four days a week and has a new teacher, Wendy. So far they have studied the subway system, idioms, holidays, culture shock, and small talk. Here are photos from a theater workshop with the Performance Project’s artists-in-residence, the Square:
And here they are touring the Transit Museum: