City councilors Michelle Wu (at large) and Ed Flynn (Chinatown, South Boston, South End, Downtown) have organized a dim-sum lunch at China Pearl in Chinatown on Saturday to show there's no more risk of coronavirus infection in the neighborhood than anywhere else in the city.
Wu said residents of East Asian descent, especially kids, are beginning to see overt racism over the virus, first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan and now called COVID-19, and that Chinatown as a whole is feeling the brunt - the recent Lunar New Year was particularly quiet in the neighborhood, when normally it's the most bustling time of year for local restaurants and other businesses.
"The risk of coronavirus in Boston is less than the risk of catching the flu," she said.
Flynn said that at a community meeting last week on the virus, one high-school student told him that when she got on the subway recently, people either moved away from her or left the car entirely.
"There is a lot of anti-Chinese sentiment here in the city and across the country, unfortunately," he said.
Also scheduled to attend: Quincy City Council President Nina Liang.