February 12, 2021

In New York’s Chinatown, pandemic and stigma dulls New Year cheer

New York (AFP) – A smattering of firecrackers, the odd lion dance and a lone drummer: New York’s Chinatown turned the page on a year it was ravaged by the pandemic and virus stigmatization with subdued celebrations Friday. No annual parade or large family gatherings greeted the Lunar New Year. Just relief at the passing of the Year of Rat and hope that the Year of the Ox will bring a turnaround in fortunes. “Of course I’m happy the year has finished,” says Jenny Li, as a slow trickle of shoppers stop at her gift store to buy lanterns, tubes of confetti and red envelopes synonymous with Chinese…

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