Chinatown neighborhoods impacted by COVID-19

“We’ve been down as low as more than 90 percent.” Misinformation about coronavirus has hit business in Chinatown districts across the U.S.

Rumors, fake news, and misinformation

Rumors, fake news, and misinformation about the coronavirus is impacting business in Chinatown districts across the U.S.

In Houston…

Following the spread of rumors incorrectly claiming that Houston’s Chinatown was unsafe, business dwindled. Debbie Chen, co-owner of restaurant Shabu House, spoke to KHOU-11, “We’ve been down as low as more than 90 percent. On average it’s maybe 50 to 70 percent down on any given day.” Mai Pham, a Houston-based food journalist, launched a local #SupportChinatown campaign. Videoing herself at once popular Asian restaurants, she explains, “Today I’m at One Dragon Restaurant in Houston’s Chinatown. It’s a little bit after lunch hour and as you can see it’s empty and there’s really no reason for it to be this way.” Other businesses are also supporting their Chinatown neighbors.

In Chicago…

Carlos Matias organized a food crawl in Chicago’s Chinatown on Feb. 24 to support businesses impacted by coronavirus fears. He spoke about it with ABC 7, “No confirmed cases down here. Everyone's healthy. The food is still delicious, and we should be supporting these small businesses.”

In San Francisco…

On Feb. 24, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a walking tour of the city's Chinatown. She shared, “You should come to Chinatown. Precautions have been taken by our city. We know that there is a concern about tourism, traveling all throughout the world, but we think it's very safe to be in Chinatown and hope that others will come.”

In New York…

Revenue has dipped by around 40% in Chinatown. Vincent Tang, manager at Nom Wah Tea Parlor, explained to Brut, “It didn't take me by surprise that business would drop, but it took me by surprise by how much. The neighborhood has just been an obvious drop in foot traffic, definitely less tourists and just people in general because they're afraid to come out. Some people are taking it more seriously than others.”

In Los Angeles…

Asian Americans are worried about the rise in anti-Asian racism since the outbreak. Qhim Ving, a government worker, revealed, “I mean, we do worry, I do worry because of course the cases that we’ve heard, and we are afraid that they look at us, because we are Asian, we might be part of the coronavirus.”


03/03/2020 7:27 PM


  • Sandee M.
    03/12/2020 22:03

    I refuse to not live my life because of this

  • Tina K.
    03/12/2020 18:24

    Now you see how America work.

  • JB B.
    03/12/2020 10:35

    Nope, no Chinese food for quite awhile!

  • Manuel G.
    03/11/2020 17:27

    So sad I love Asian people and there food

  • Brittany R.
    03/04/2020 12:51

    Philly Chinatown seemed to be bustling this weekend.

  • Antonio M.
    03/04/2020 06:47

    We should contaminate money so the rich will go for something like this.😔😔😡😡😡

  • Kisuke A.
    03/04/2020 05:12

    People are afraid. whether its chineese of westerner, a virus is a virus.

  • Bashir H.
    03/04/2020 04:23

    I think they have cheap foods

  • Annsol M.
    03/04/2020 03:57

    It makes me sad 😭. No one wants this virus.. stay strong Chinese people

  • Amiir A.
    03/04/2020 01:36

    stop eating anything that moves..hahaha lol

  • Mat N.
    03/04/2020 00:26

    I'm torn. If only people knew how the Chinese feel about themselves and how they treat other 'non white' Asians.

  • Hector D.
    03/04/2020 00:00

    Probably best time to go out for dinner one's out ! and less chances of catching it 🤣

  • Rasmus L.
    03/03/2020 23:51

    Americans... 🤦‍♂️

  • Conrado H.
    03/03/2020 23:44

    People are really stupid, Now they not even want to drink Corona 🍺 beer!!!

  • Jennifer E.
    03/03/2020 20:54

    For a country we like to consider as the best country in the world, there sure is a lack of education and critical thinking skills in the U.S. It makes me sad to know that millions of my fellow Americans are this stupid!

  • Tim L.
    03/03/2020 20:18

    Funny thing is that the affected are non Asians in USA.

  • Kristy R.
    03/03/2020 20:17

    Trumps America dumbed down on lies racism sexism and Trumps administrations ignorance and lies told at the beginning.

  • Tim L.
    03/03/2020 20:14

    Doyer and Pell St in NYC.

  • Mo R.
    03/03/2020 20:11

    Of course...!