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Post-Sandy Chinatown: Updates and Links

Sukjong Hong

Ken Chen

Anelise Chen

Timothy Krause

By Gina Chung

With the start of the holiday season and chillier weather on the horizon, the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy may seem like a bad but distant memory for some Manhattanites, but for folks in Chinatown and the Lower East Side, the path to recovery has been and may continue to be a slow and uphill one.

Organizations like CAAAV are still working to help Sandy victims – volunteers are needed today from 5 to 9 pm for end of year mailing prep and interpreters (Mandarin, Cantonese, and Fujianese) on Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm for their free Hurricane Sandy Legal Clinic. Contact hwong@caaav.org for details.

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Open City Magazine has also been covering the storm’s effects on Chinatown/LES, as well as other immigrant neighborhoods of NYC, since day 1 of post-Sandy relief efforts.

Left in the Dark: An Illustrated Dispatch From Chinatown, Post-Sandy (Via Open City)“For many, the steps to recovery post-Sandy will be long and complicated. Is rent due when no heat, power, or hot water is available? Does flood insurance cover hurricane damage? How do I recover lost wages?” Sukjong Hong describes her encounters with Chinatown residents while volunteering the first Friday after Sandy.

Sukjong Hong

Post Sandy, Day 4: Hester Street in Lower Manhattan (Via Open City) Local, community-based organizations like CAAAV and Occupy Sandy were on the streets and going door-to-door with supplies and information before the National Guard, NYC Service, the Salvation Army, and FEMA. “Our volunteers would ask people, ‘Has anyone knocked on your door? Have you seen a flier with basic info?’ They all said, ‘No, aside from what you all are doing.’”

Ken Chen

In Pictures: A Community Organization Leads Relief Efforts in Chinatown (Via Open City) People gathered around the neighborhood not only for food and supplies, but also to power their phones around makeshift charging stands manned by residents with generators. In some cases, waits for FEMA supplies took over three hours.

Anelise Chen

Hurricane Sandy: The Storm’s Impact on Immigrant Workers and Organizations (Via Open City) Immigrant workers living outside of Manhattan but working in areas like Koreatown and Chinatown had to deal with limited public transportation options in the weeks following Hurricane Sandy. Those with limited English proficiency often had trouble getting help and information: “For immigrant communities, the gap is often filled by community-based organizations, religious institutions, ethnic media, and local volunteers.”

Timothy Krause

Gina Chung is a contributing writer at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Continue the conversation by posting a comment here, on OurChinatown’s Facebook page, or on Twitter at @ourchinatown.

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2 Comments for “Post-Sandy Chinatown: Updates and Links”

  1. Grants of up to $5,000 are available from the City to help zone A and B businesses that may not qualify for the emergency loan.  Grants will be awarded based on eligibility and need, and may be used by recipients for structural repairs, equipment repairs and the purchase of replacement equipment needed for business recovery (receipts needed).

  2. [...] http://www.ourchinatown.org/2012/11/29/post-sandy-chinatown-updates-and-links/ This is a collection of posts from the Asian American Writer’s Workshop’s Open City Magazine, which covered the effect of the storm from day one. [...]

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