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San Francisco rally commemorates first anniversary of Vicha Ratanapakdee mural

  • A rally commemorating the first-year anniversary of a mural created to honor Vicha Ratanapakdee was held in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Sunday.
  • Dozens reportedly attended the event to remember the 84-year-old Thai immigrant, who was shoved to his death while walking along Anza Vista and Fortuna Avenues on Jan. 28, 2021.
  • The unprovoked attack, which was caught on video, occurred at the height of pandemic-driven anti-Asian violence across the U.S. Antoine Watson, 19, has been charged with homicide but not a hate crime in connection with the incident.
  • The mural, created by Thitiwat Phromratanapongse and Sarah Siskin based on an illustration by Jonathan D. Chang, is located at Grant Avenue and California Street.
  • The attendees of Sunday’s rally helped clean the mural. There were also discussions on a street renaming project and an anti-Asian hate open forum, according to NBC Bay Area.
  • A similar but larger rally erupted in Columbus Avenue earlier this month. Around 200 reportedly marched to Chinatown in search of justice for the recent attacks on a 70-year-old Asian woman and former commissioner-at-large Greg Chew.

A rally commemorating the first-year anniversary of a mural created to honor Vicha Ratanapakdee was held in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Sunday.

Dozens reportedly attended the event to remember the 84-year-old Thai immigrant, who was fatally shoved while walking along Anza Vista and Fortuna Avenues on Jan. 28, 2021.

SF Chinatown attracts nearly 40,000 visitors during Autumn Moon Festival celebration

  • San Francisco’s Chinatown held its annual Autumn Moon Festival celebration on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Jenny Chan, the assistant director of the celebration, explained that they decided to hold the event last weekend “because we wanted for people to get the mooncake [and lanterns] ahead of time so they can actually celebrate at home with their family on the day of the Moon Festival,”
  • This year’s actual date of the Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is Sept. 10. 
  • The streets of Chinatown were filled with vendors, music and several events, including a Bruce Lee look-alike contest.
  • Around 40,000 visitors reportedly went to Chinatown to celebrate and help support small businesses.

Nearly 40,000 visitors went to San Francisco’s Chinatown over the weekend to celebrate this year’s Autumn Moon Festival.

The event typically occurs every September, but organizers decided to celebrate early this year.

Chocolate shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown teaches employees kung fu to combat crime

  • Mindy Fong, the owner of Jade Chocolates Teahouse and Cafe in San Francisco’s Chinatown, has been offering her employees lessons in kung fu since March to help them combat theft and crime in the neighborhood.
  • Fong was worried about the increase in crime and anti-Asian hate in Chinatown after the COVID-19 pandemic started.
  • She believes the kung fu lessons can prepare her employees for situations that would call for self-defense.

The owner of a chocolate shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown has been offering her employees kung fu lessons after work to help them combat theft and crime in the neighborhood.

Mindy Fong, the owner of Jade Chocolates Teahouse and Cafe, closed her shop at around 5 p.m. on a weekday in March to hold the first of many kung fu classes for her employees following the rise of reported robberies in the neighborhood.