Man Defaces Murals Celebrating Asian Culture in SF Chinatown


A man has allegedly defaced murals celebrating Asian culture in San Francisco’s Chinatown twice in the span of a single month.

What happened: Security cameras caught an unidentified suspect destroying murals along Jack Kerouac Alley on May 8, reported KPIX 5.

  • In a video of the incident, a man wearing a captain’s hat is seen writing on the murals.
  • According to MaCannaYo, who created the murals with another artist, the vandal defaced “symbolic symbols like Bruce Lee, and Cai Shen, the god of wealth and prosperity.”
  • On April 12, a man was caught on camera writing  “Loose Lee” and “I’ll be back” on Bruce Lee’s face. MaCannaYo believes him to be the same suspect.  
  • She has forwarded videos of the vandalism to members of the San Francisco Police Department, who are now investigating.

Restoration work: MaCannaYo has been using her own money to fix the murals since Monday, but the artist needs more to fully restore and protect them.

  • The artist has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for reworking damaged areas and safeguarding the murals with an anti-graffiti semi-gloss sealer.
  • As of this writing, MaCannaYo’s campaign has raised more than $5,000. She says excess funds will be used to “help create more public art in Chinatown,” according to KTVU.

Featured Images via MaCannaYo

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