COVID-19 has taken its toll on businesses around the world. Chinatowns and Asian businesses have felt a heavy blow. In addition to the financial losses, Asian business are also being target in racist attacks.
Eric Chan and his sister, Ivy, showed up at their family’s restaurant Jade Garden in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District on the morning of March 26 to discover the windows had been shattered.
It’s one of many examples of vandalism across the country directed at Asian Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports say.
Chan estimated that the damage to Jade Garden was around $1,500. Business was already down 80 percent at the beginning of March, forcing Chan to temporarily lay off 33 employees. Now, the restaurant doesn’t have the money to make the necessary repairs, he said.
“This wasn’t just a simple rock being thrown,” Chan told NBC Asian America. “Someone took the time in the middle of the night to smash the windows in hard, very forcefully, five times.”