PHOTOS: A quieter Chinatown during Lunar New Year festivities

(Photos by Tequila Minsky)


Much of the messaging from VIPs was come to Chinatown, eat in Chinatown. Chinatown has taken a big hit from the coronavirus outbreak in China. But xenophobia is not the only thing keeping the streets of Chinatown quiet. Chinese people are absent too from the area.

Democratic district leader from Chinatown, Jenny Lam Low, recognized the absence of commercial activity in Chinatown. Lunar New Year Year observances is the time of much activity in Chinatown, and responding to how business is, Low acknowledged that business was at least 50% off.

Health is emphasized, as well as prosperity, in this year’s New Years signage and Lunar New Year’s messaging at the Lunar New Year parade.