Tue, 15 Jun 2021

CHICAGO, May 16 (Xinhua) -- The square in Chinatown south of downtown Chicago was bustled with people on Sunday, when the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, falling in May of every year, was marked, and the "We Love Chinatown" campaign was promoted.

More than 100 societies and restaurants in Chicago presented cultural dancing and singing performances, calligraphy, origami, papercutting art, and bite taste of Asian cuisine at the scene.

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas moved her office work to Chinatown square by offering on-site inquiries to homeowners.

The treasurer's office has also brought the newly issued Chinese-version handbook regarding houses and other properties.

Chinese American Association of Greater Chicago (CAAGC), U.S.-China Restaurant Alliance, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) and Office of the 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez jointly hosted the celebration, in an effort to promote Asian culture and facilitate the prosperity of Chinese community.

Some 60 restaurants in Chinatown issued "Taste of Chinatown Passport" on-site to offer a 10-percent discount to customers.

Chinese restaurants were the first to bear the brunt when COVID-19 pandemic began to hit the United States early in 2020. Chinese restaurants without takeaway service in Chicago suffered business loss of 80 percent to 90 percent; while those offering takeaway service reported a loss of 40 percent to 70 percent, said Tony Hu, chairman of the U.S.-China Restaurant Alliance and owner of Lao Sze Chuan, a Chinese restaurant founded in Chicago's Chinatown in 1998.

To boost business of Chinese restaurants and build a better and safer Chinatown in Chicago, Hu initiated the campaign "We Love Chinatown" in February 2020.

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