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The Takeout: The Future of Chinese Restaurants in America: Can Chinatowns Survive?
May 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chinese restaurants are the hardest-hit sector of the US restaurant industry in light of COVID-19, and it has been estimated that around 60% nationally have completely closed since the pandemic. But some of the reasons that have exacerbated the crisis — the stereotype of uncleanliness, the expectation of low prices, and the fear of racist attacks felt by workers — have been around all along. Will the pandemic mark the end of an era for independently-run Chinese restaurants? Will it be an opportunity to course-correct, or modernize? And how can all of us help? We’ll hear from some of the people working on the front lines of the issue as well as forward-thinking chefs from coast to coast.