Manhattan Chinatown is a complex cross-section of immigrant business owners, dim sum restaurant workers, grandpas playing cards in Columbus Park—and, most recently, a new wave of second-gen Asian Americans trying to preserve their childhood memories as they watch the pandemic erode Chinatown.
There’s a lot of love for Chinatown, but also a lot of different ideas about what Chinatown needs most during the pandemic. What happens when people don't agree on what the future of their community should look like—and who exactly is Chinatown for?
Written, recorded, and produced by Sabrina Lin. Edited by Brendon Lin and Sabrina Lin. Theme music composed and performed by Mark Fish. Additional audio sourced from Blue Dot Sessions and Universal Music Group.
This podcast was produced as a part of the Xin Sheng Project, a digital initiative that publishes alternative, progressive perspectives on the most widely circulated issues on WeChat and among the Chinese diaspora. To learn more, visit www.xinshengproject.org.
VIRAL LOVE is made possible by funding from Projects for Peace.