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New Yorkers celebrating Lunar New Year worried about anti-Asian sentiment connected to coronavirus

Posted: 10:16 PM, Mar 08, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-08 22:16:45-04

SUNSET PARK, Brooklyn — A Lunar New Year celebration brought together many of the different ethnic groups of Brooklyn on Sunday.

But Sunset Park residents put to celebrate also fear xenophobia stemming from the spread of coronavirus. Businesses are hurting and many are worried about anti-Asian attacks like a recent incident on the subway.

“There is a lot of fear in the community. People are staying home,” Frances Wong of United Asian American Alliance told PIX11 News. “People are afraid to go out."

There was almost no one out on Sundays, David Lee, the vice president of the Chinese American Business Alliance, told PIX11 News.

Businesses are really suffering right now,” he said.

Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus was at the New Star Seafood Restaurant to assure the crowd that she had fired her receptionist last week for allegedly making racist remarks about Chinese New Yorkers related to coronavirus.

“People are panicking and they are allowing deep seated stereotypes to take control and we can’t allow that,” Frontus said.