SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — It’s been a uniquely difficult yr for San Francisco’s Chinatown — the coronavirus and a virulent pressure of anti-Asian sentiment has left its streets empty and its storefronts empty.
“We really feel like we’re in quicksand,” says Eva Lee with the Chinatown Retailers Affiliation.
Lee says Grant Avenue — the spine of Chinatown’s industrial district — has been paralyzed by pandemic. Fewer than 50 of its roughly 200 eating places and shops, Lee says, stay open after a yr of lockdowns.
“In spite of everything that is over, sadly, there may be going to be a shake up,” he stated. “There are some who’re going to have the ability to climate the storm and a few who should not.”
In an effort to draw vacationers again to its beleaguered companies, Chinatown is providing weekly performances from a standard lion dance troupe — Lion Dance Me.
The Lion Dance custom has deep roots in Chinese language historical past. In response to custom and legend, the unique lion costume was designed to scare a monster that repeatedly terrorized a village.
“The artwork of Lion Dance is predicated off of martial arts,” stated Norman Lau, proprietor of Lion Dance Me. “Two martial artists who have been courageous have been chosen to return out of a village to scare away a monster that might come again yearly. So, they determined to construct this costume to attempt to scare it away.”
It’s not clear how San Francisco’s Chinatown will emerge from the pandemic — stronger in some way or scarred, smaller and arguably weaker than it was pre-pandemic.
Kevin Chan whose household owns Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Manufacturing facility affords this recommendation and perception.
“We couldn’t see a future — final yr,” Chan stated. “We have been all depressed as a result of we don’t know what to do. However now we are able to see the longer term. The shot’s popping out. And now we have a greater probability.”