The epidemic situation of new coronary pneumonia continues to spread all over the world, and countries have introduced prevention and control measures, and launched "prohibition orders" and "home orders" ...
Chinese communities around the world have also changed from the hustle and bustle of the past to a new look.
Today, Xiaoqiao (qiaowangzhongguo) will take you to see the Chinese community in the epidemic situation.
In Chinatown under the epidemic, affected by the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic, the hustle and bustle of Chinatown in Manhattan, New York, is scarce, and there are still young people exercising on the streets. (China News Agency reporter Liao Panshe)
Shops closed, Chinese community is deserted
Chinatown, Yokohama, Japan is a gathering place for veteran Chinese dining culture that is comparable to Chinatown in Los Angeles and Chinatown in London, England.
Because next to Tokyo, foreign tourists, especially Chinese, will take a walk to Yokohama Chinatown.
However, since the outbreak of the outbreak, Chinatown, which used to be full of traffic and scrambling, has become empty. Liang Zhong, who has operated Chinese restaurants for many years, said that the current depression was the first time he encountered it. He had to calculate the rent and utilities.
The desertion of the Chinese community did not only occur in Japan. In Italy, where the epidemic is more severe, Hu Yutian, an overseas Chinese, said that most Chinese in Italy had already started the life of home protection and protection. In addition to supermarkets and pharmacies on China Street, all Chinese stores have consciously closed their doors.
Italian Chinese street. (Photo courtesy of Hu Yutian)
When going out to purchase, the pedestrians who stopped and chatted and talked like usual on the road were gone, and more of them went straight to the destination to purchase.
In the United States, the Chinatown businessmen in New York City, which were "in the epicenter" of the epidemic, were also deeply affected by the new coronary pneumonia epidemic.
Many merchants choose to temporarily suspend business, and some restaurants that insist on business are closing sooner or later, reducing the variety of goods.
A customer who went to Chinatown in New York said, "For the first time in Chinatown, there was no food."
Affected by the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic, the gates of shops in Chinatown in Manhattan, New York, are usually closed and pedestrians are scarce. (China News Agency reporter Liao Panshe)
In Chinatown, London, rows of red lanterns are connected into a festive "sky", but the crowd is slightly sparse. There was almost no customers in the long queue of tea shops that lined the streets.
However, because of the epidemic, the sales of traditional Chinese medicine are increasing, and the relatively quieter phone of the Chinese medicine shop in London Chinatown has become a "hotline."
The picture shows London's tourist landmark and the crowded "Chinatown" on weekdays, closed and closed, there is no one on the street. (China News Agency reporter Liao Panshe)
There is no lack of warmth under the cold
With the closure of Chinatown shops in various countries, people in the Chinese community face problems such as difficult shopping and high prices. Many people organized themselves spontaneously to bring warmth to the Chinese settlements under the epidemic.
Chinese American Zhang Yin and Cai Mullin have prepared and delivered meals to the elderly of Chinatown in New York to eat nutritious meals during the epidemic.
On April 6, local time, in the Chinese community of Flushing, New York, cherry blossoms bloom along the Main Street.
The "Chinatown Ice Cream Bar" in Manhattan, New York, was reopened, and the neon lights on the signboards outside also lighted up. Kwong Christal, an employee of the store, said that almost all stores are closed on the streets of Chinatown, and even a cup of coffee cannot be bought.
Although the number of people coming is obviously reduced, the owner of "Huabu Ice Cream Shop" hopes that this way can bring a touch of joy to the community.
All walks of life in San Francisco Chinatown, including political circles, community service organizations and medical groups, have established the "Chinese Community Anti-epidemic Coalition", which will spread the epidemic information of concern to Chinese-American communities and answer questions.
Supermarkets in Chinatown, Manhattan, New York, set plexiglass plates between cashiers and customers.
The farmer's market in China Town of Angola has also officially opened recently, and each farm implements a two-point, one-line, dedicated car transportation method to purchase fresh vegetables and fruits for everyone.
In accordance with the relevant laws and regulations of the Angola country, Chinatown, in conjunction with the needs of enterprises and people living in Anhua, negotiated with various farmers and traders, and began to provide fresh vegetables and fruits again.
The London Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, the Zhejiang Zhejiang Association and Business Association, and the All-British Chinese Societies Association jointly launched the "We Care NHS" initiative, which advocates donations of charities by Chinese societies, entrepreneurs and other caring individuals for the British National Health System NHS purchases medical protective materials.
On March 30, local time, most of the businesses in Chinatown in London have closed. (Photo by Yin Xiaojun)
Consciously politicians from various countries praised
Overseas Chinese and overseas Chinese consciously isolate and strictly prevent epidemics. The infection rate in many Chinese settlements is far lower than the local average, and some communities even have zero infections. For this reason, many Chinese communities have received positive reviews in the local society.
There are more than 50,000 overseas Chinese in the Prato area of Italy, and the overseas Chinese account for about one-quarter of the local population.
Long before the local government decided to "close the city", the overseas Chinese took the initiative to cancel the party, reduce the number of people going out, and put on masks; many businesses ceased operations, and the merchants who operated supermarkets actively provided masks and disinfectant hand sanitizers for employees and customers. Italy has achieved "zero infection" in the Chinese community.
Prato Mayor Matteo Biffoni bluntly said: "Thanks to the Chinese citizens who returned to Italy after the Spring Festival holiday and consciously separated at home, setting a good example. This is Prato's blessing."
Australian Prime Minister Morrison also praised the Chinese community: "In the face of the crisis, the Chinese community has played a role in protecting Australia. They have led other communities to move forward together. They have protected Australia!"
On April 8, local time, people in the Sydney Chinatown market went empty. (Photo by Tao Shelan, reporter from China News Service)
The epidemic has brought a lot of difficulties to the life of Chinese settlements, but also brought warmth, recognition and encouragement.
Difficulties are temporary, but the warmth of mutual assistance is always in people's hearts.
"See the rainbow after the storm", we believe that when the epidemic passes, the hustle and bustle of the Chinese community will definitely come back.
Reference materials: China Overseas Chinese Network, China News Network, Japan ’s Xinhua Overseas Chinese News, American “World Daily”, Angola Chinese Network, etc.
Author: Xu Wenxin