Aaron Tom wipes his forehead as he stands over the steaming grill at the back of Shanghai Restaurant while making his family’s lo mein recipe. He moves instinctually, having made this dish for years, creating his livelihood by serving others.
Tom’s routine working hours are spent facilitating every aspect of his business, whether that’s attending to customers or helping in the kitchen. Tom said the restaurant industry is a stable and predictable line of work for him — one that never made him worry about possible failure.
But recently, that’s changed.
The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the way many
Since the March 14 incident, the threats to Nguyen’s life and business have escalated. Last week, someone wrote “hope it burns down” on the Instagram account for his restaurant, Noodle Tree.An anonymous manphoned the restaurant, reciting Nguyen’s home address with a warning: “We’re coming for you.”
“The threats are getting more violent, more extreme,” said Nguyen, 33.
Asian American entrepreneurs across the country are combating a sharp rise
Video above: Protesters rally in Atlanta to stop violence against Asian AmericansA New York City anti-hate group is distributing personal safety alarms to Asian Americans and immigrants to protect them from a recent surge of racially motivated violence.Safe From Hate has donated 3,000 handheld alarms that emit an extremely loud noise to shock and disorient attackers while calling attention from bystanders and law enforcement officials.With its donations, the group aims to thwart anti-Asian violence, which has risen drastically across the United States in recent months. The Asian American community was again targeted on Tuesday, when a shooting spree in the … Read More
“I saw myself in these women,” she said. “I feel I have been screaming about hate crimes and violence against Asian Americans from the beginning of the pandemic, and no one was listening.”
Many Asian-American and Asian business owners like Wills — who founded the nail salon chain Base Coat Salon — feel similarly this week in the wake of the shootings.
Eight people were killed at three metro Atlanta massage parlors. Six of the victims were Asian. Local authorities have said it is too early to know for sure the motive behind the shootings. Nonetheless, they have sparked fresh
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