Updated June 24 at 10:25 a.m. EST
As looters overshadow peaceful nationwide protests with the Black Lives Matter movement over the murder of George Floyd, small Asian-owned businesses already struggling due to the pandemic are facing new challenges.
Some of the local businesses have had to reduce employees, delivery methods and store hours to accommodate. In April, the small business sector lost 11 million jobs, Axios reported.
Areas such as New York City’s Chinatown have been plundered, with storefronts destroyed.
There have been peaceful protests in at least a dozen cities so far, including New York which has set a curfew to curtail the looting and violence.
NextShark has compiled a small list of some of the spots hit, which you can read here.
Businesses by state:
- California Fashion Mall — Birmingham
- Joy’s Beauty Supply — San Bernardino
- IWITH NAILS — Santa Monica
- Bangkok West Thai — Santa MonicaS
- LB Jewelry Supplies — Long Beach
- Ten Pharmacy — Long Beach
- Jubilee Silver — Los Angeles
- Small Family Business, Unnamed — Los Angeles
- DJ Shoes — Los Angeles
- IWITH NAILS — Los Angeles
- K2 Jewelry Repair — Oakland
- Kick City — Oakland
- Grace Jeweler’s — San Francisco
- SPOKES Bike Lounge — Berkeley
- Solid Gold Jewelers — Wilmington
- NCF Florida — Miami
- Noah’s Beauty — Chicago
- Beauty Supply Store — Chicago
- Auburn Gresham neighborhood Beauty Supply Store — Chicago
- City Fashions — Chicago
- Englewood Beauty Supply Store — Chicago
- Seoul Taco — Chicago
- Venus Fashion — Chicago
- Gadget Garage — Chicago
- K-Beauty Supply — Chicago
- Modern Beauty Supply & Western Beauty Supply — Chicago
- Hair Town — Chicago
- Chicago Cell Phone Store — Chicago
- South Side Clothing Store — Chicago
- South Side Beauty Store — Chicago
- Blossom Shoes — Chicago
- New King’s Jewelry — Glenview
- Sun Cleaners — Waukegan
- Family Business — St. Louis
- Buranko Cafe — Portland
Places to donate that will give distribute funds to businesses in need:
- Little Tokyo in Los Angeles is cleaning up after protests and looting. The Little Tokyo Service Center in Los Angeles is taking donations to support it’s COVID-19 relief efforts for struggling businesses.
- Cambodia Town is a community strip located in Long Beach, California that had seen a peaceful protest turned violent. A community organizer stepped up to create a fundraising page to help rebuild the community.
- Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce is taking donations to redistribute funds to its over 150 members and families in the community in need.
- Community organizers are seeking monetary support for San Francisco Chinatown where funds will be redistributed to pay for EMT, medical bills, property damage and stolen equipment.
- A Korean American resident of Wilmington, Delaware is collecting donations to help support his parent’s store as well as other minority-owned businesses in the area.
- The Asian Economic Development Association, a non-profit that is looking to help Asian businesses impacted by the unrest in a fundraising campaign.
- Manhattan’s Chinatown business’s for replacement of damaged glass doors and windows that do not have insurance.
- Asian Americans for Equality have started a relief fund during COVID-19 and are based in New York.
- Two New York college students created a fundraiser page for local NYC businesses that do not have access to fundraising campaigns.
- Relief fund that some organizations in the Chinatown International District in Seattle started for restaurants and other small businesses in the area.
- Support the Cities is an organization working to support neighborhoods and small businesses following the protests.
City Cleanup and Volunteering:
- SEWA AIFW (Asian Indian Family Wellness) — the non-profit is looking for volunteers for food delivery and clean up. Located at 3702 E. Lake St., Minneapolis.
- Vietnamese Social Services needs food and volunteers to help with delivering food to seniors. Located at 277 University Ave W, St Paul.
By no means is this an exhaustive list. If you know of a business or community donation page, please send details to [email protected] to update this list.
Editor’s Note: Donation pages that have reached their goal will be removed to prioritize others that have yet to meet their needs. This article has also been updated to distinguish between looting and peaceful protesting.