Just weeks ago, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi toured San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood; imploring residents to visit the district to shore-up the local economy while the Coronavirus quietly spread.
“Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the largest and oldest Chinatown in the country has seen a drop in tourism, as a racially tinged fear has appeared to have kept visitors from its streets. There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in San Francisco, but even so, Chinatown regulars say the streets are less crowded, and people have begun to worry – not about the virus itself, they said, but on whether their businesses can survive this downturn,” reports the Guardian newspaper.
“It was a pleasure to try my hand at making fortune cookies at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory (with a little guidance from owner Kevin Chan, of course). The message inside? ‘United We Stand,’” posted Pelosi on social media.
It was a pleasure to try my hand at making fortune cookies at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory (with a little guidance from owner Kevin Chan, of course).
The message inside?
“United We Stand.” pic.twitter.com/3piGq4yKXq
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 25, 2020
“We know that there is concern surrounding tourism, traveling all throughout the world, but we think it’s very safe to be in Chinatown and hope that others will come,” she said. “It’s lovely here.”
President Trump closed the borders to China just days after reports of the Coronavirus outbreak; saving countless lives as other’s -including former Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker Pelosi- labeled him “racist” and “xenophobic.”
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