Post-Sandy Chinatown: Updates and LinksNEWS, News Right, SLIDER Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.’”
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.
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.”Tweet
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