Happy (late) Chinese New Year! 恭喜发财 (gong xi fa cai)! I hope that everybody’s new year will be prosperous and full of luck.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, xenophobia and anti-Asian hate crimes have run rampant, rising by 1900%. However, these attacks haven’t been publicized and aren’t talked about in the media. This has to change. With Lunar New Year, Asians were specifically targeted in violent attacks and robberies across America. The link that I posted down below includes a list of anti-Asian hate crimes and attacks that happened in two weeks. The link below that includes more attacks and a list of ways to help.
Another way to help is by supporting Chinatown! A ton of small, family-run businesses have taken a toll because of COVID-19 and would love to be your takeout for tonight. Below is a link to a company that provides relief efforts to small businesses in Chinatown NYC.
Also, I have recently opened a shop on instagram called @/_creationsbyjenny where I make crocheted creations (linked below)! If you buy one of my bao plushies for $15 (not including shipping), I will donate the profits to Stop AAPI Hate which tracks and responds to xenophobia and anti-Asian hate crimes. Just send me a DM on instagram and specify that you want to donate to Stop AAPI, and I will make you one!
Another way to help is to share what is happening and ways to help to anybody and everybody. The world needs to know.