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The Movement to Save New York's Chinatown | Hungry For More

  • Published on Sep 20, 2022
  • From roasted duck noodle soup to steamed rice rolls and weekend dim sum, Chinatown is home to unbeatable comfort food by small mom-and-pops built by generations of hard-working immigrant families.
    But between the pandemic, a sharp rise in AAPI hate crimes, and plans for a new high rise mega jail pushing small businesses out of their neighborhood - New York’s Chinatown has been a battleground of gentrification, racism, and classism. In this episode of Hungry For More, we highlight the people and organizations fighting to preserve the mom-and-pop shops that have made New York's Chinatown so special.
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Comments • 184

  • First We Feast
    First We Feast  5 days ago +80

    Shout out your favorite Chinatown establishment!

    • Be Kuma
      Be Kuma Day ago

      Rainbow Chinese Restaurant Minneapolis, MN.

    • iAmDeviant
      iAmDeviant 2 days ago

      98 Mott, my go-to place ☺iykyk

    • Christopher Green
      Christopher Green 4 days ago

      Thái Sơn!!! Great Vietnamese food!

    • jaaaaannnnee
      jaaaaannnnee 4 days ago

      Where are the links to support all of these amazing programs? Most are too busy to watch back and write them all down.

    • Josh Jackson
      Josh Jackson 5 days ago +1

      🌎🌏🌍Shout Outs To Jo Koy & Joe Rogan, With First We Feast, Hot Ones, With Hot Questions & Even Hotter Wings♻🎧💕

  • Historian212
    Historian212 5 days ago +15

    Right after World War I, my grandfather, a veteran who served in the army as a dentist, set up his practice in what was then Little Italy, now part of Greenwich Village. When the Great Depression came, he had patients who couldn't afford to pay him in full, because they were artists and immigrants. So he took paintings as payment -- I still have one of them. He used to walk to Chinatown several times a week, to a favorite restaurant, to eat lunch. The staff there knew him because he was there so often. One of those places with the ducks hanging in the window. I remember going there with him as a child and having him introduce me. We're not of Asian descent, but it didn't seem to matter. My grandfather was the child of Jewish immigrants, born on the Lower East Side, in a tenement. I think he kept his office in the area because he knew what the struggles of immigrants were. He felt at home among immigrants. Absolutely, NYC isn't NYC without Chinatown. I don't live in NYC anymore, but I still think of it as my home. The idea of the city taking advantage of a neighborhood trying to recover from the pandemic, instead of helping it get back on its feet -- it's just disgusting. Wishing everyone there success in keeping the jail out, and hoping for a Chinatown that thrives again. 🙏🏼

  • hihikatamari
    hihikatamari 5 days ago +61

    I keep smiling throughout the whole video. It's helping each other like this, lifting each other up that we can be a better human. Much gratitude to everyone helping strangers, may you be bless.

    • Awesome Tubing94
      Awesome Tubing94 5 days ago

      It's not the same. They are rebelling against the government for not wanting to leave because the city needs another jail.

  • Janice Lee
    Janice Lee 5 days ago +47

    So amazing to hear from local business owners directly. Super heartfelt and informative!!

  • Atheist Humanist
    Atheist Humanist 5 days ago +26

    It's incredibly repugnant what the Asian community has had to deal with. I can't even imagine what it feels like to be targeted culturally. Our cultural roots are incredibly important and noone should be made to feel "less than". You're human, and that's all that matters.
    I love so many aspects of many Asian cultures. We learn to empathise with others by experiencing their culture and it's really important to push our personal boundaries to do so. I'd be devastated if Chinatown here disappeared, thankfully our Chinatown is designated a historic area so no chance of that happening.
    I spent 13 years in the kitchens of many restaurants, as well as a short stint in front of house. I learned more from working in Asian restaurants than I did in any other restaurant. It's also where I realised how much my personal beliefs mesh with Asian culture. Like food is always better when shared. It gives us an opportunity to set aside the negative and focus on what really matters. People, their perspectives and experiences.
    Keep doing what you all are doing. You aren't "less than" regardless of how some New Yorkers might make you feel.
    Much love from Victoria BC Canada. 💕

    • JD
      JD 5 days ago +1

      Thank you, Western savior.

    • mo 1 kai
      mo 1 kai 5 days ago +1

      As an Asian person myself, I have no idea what it's like to be "targeted" on any meaningful level either. But hey, thanks for being so patronizing.

  • PetrusTheBlue
    PetrusTheBlue 5 days ago +40

    what an incredible group of people

  • Trevor Shaw-Mumford
    Trevor Shaw-Mumford 5 days ago +12

    I had NO idea about the jail. Thanks so much for featuring this and everyone's stories. I love how food has so much meaning across multiple facets

    • roro
      roro 13 hours ago

      Big facts I work down a few blocks
      About to look into this

    • Organized Chaos
      Organized Chaos 4 days ago +1

      What about the jail, don’t know why people are so worked out about it.

  • kellishere
    kellishere 5 days ago +14

    As a native New Yorker from Queens who’s been following them and their work throughout the pandemic, I am so grateful that they are taking care of our Asian elders through the best way we know how- food ❤

  • Jason
    Jason 5 days ago +4

    Man I relate to Ling and Jefferson a lot. I grew up working at my parents’ restaurant as a 7 year old kid. It’s a tough way to make a living. Luckily my parents retired a while back. I wouldn’t know what to do if they were still working during the shutdowns and peak COVID. So much respect for Send Chinatown Love spreading awareness to these small businesses and fundraising.

  • The Kirby T
    The Kirby T 5 days ago +5

    I've donated to them a few times because I lived in Chinatown for a couple years in college and nowhere else in the city ever felt so much like home to me. Since I moved away, I try to send money back to the community when I can. Shout out to the dumpling shop on Mosco st (the alley near Hop Kee between Mott and Mulberry).

  • Leo KF
    Leo KF 3 days ago +2

    I am really happy to see this movement. Our parents' generation were too afraid to speak up. Growing up in NYC, I saw so many injustice against the Chinese Americans. People, Go Vote!

  • sophia isabelle
    sophia isabelle 5 days ago +4

    Chinatown is keen on preserving a multitude of cultures and traditions that have been passed down from one generation to the next. I find it fascinating that we’re all getting a much more in-depth tour of Chinatown and how it has made its big impact on so many people of different races, cultures, nationalities, so on and so forth.

  • shtupurgnamakit
    shtupurgnamakit 4 days ago +2

    That food looks incredible. They seem like a really nice family. I hope everything works out for all of them.

  • lerneanlion
    lerneanlion 5 days ago +3

    Haven't eaten roasted duck noodle soup in a while. Seeing such a dish in the video makes me wanted one again! But due to how expensive everything is at the moment, I may have to go with just whatever I can pay at the limit I placed because I am conservative about using money.

  • Don't read profile photo

    I keep smiling throughout the whole video. It's helping each other like this, lifting each other up that we can be a better human. Much gratitude to everyone helping strangers, may you be bless.

  • Zakrilege
    Zakrilege 5 days ago +4

    This felt like a VICE documentary. So good. I've never been to new york but Chinatown is a cultural legend and should be preserved, especially for the people who live there.

    V1LLAGE_ID10T 5 days ago +5

    First we feat I LOVE this stuff you keep posting. It's informative, down to earth, and gives me a reality check of where everyone is at in the current moment. Food has a weird way of uniting us.

  • Dave C
    Dave C 5 days ago +2

    What an uplifting episode, kudos to the fundraisers and their outreach programs making a difference!

  • Aznpride389
    Aznpride389 4 days ago +1

    Loving this new series!!! Fantastic work spreading awareness of issues small owned businesses face!!!!

  • Maria de-flower me now

    I keep smiling throughout the whole video. It's helping each other like this, lifting each other up that we can be a better human. Much gratitude to everyone helping strangers, may you be bless.

  • M i Α 👉vℓσg gσ тσ му ¢haηηєℓ!

    I keep smiling throughout the whole video. It's helping each other like this, lifting each other up that we can be a better human. Much gratitude to everyone helping strangers, may you be bless.

  • carrie Martinez
    carrie Martinez 5 days ago +3

    As a former NY resident, China Town must protected at ALL cost!! It's a Beautiful place, full of amazingly beautiful, hardworking people!!! The NY powers that be, KNOW their wrong for this!!!!

  • Maria de-flower me now

    So amazing to hear from local business owners directly. Super heartfelt and informative!!

  • JD
    JD 5 days ago +4

    I love videos like this so much. Thank you to everyone involved.

  • David Hammers
    David Hammers 4 days ago +2

    I really hope Chinatown survives - it's one of the only parts of Manhattan that working class people can afford to live and where there are still vibrant ties to the city's past

  • Wayward Mind
    Wayward Mind 5 days ago +3

    This is such a great series. Keep it up!

    • Random Dude
      Random Dude 3 days ago

      It doesn’t belong on hot ones though. This channel should only be interviews

  • gamby16a
    gamby16a 5 days ago +1

    This was so beautiful and so melancholy at the same time. Amazing people.

  • Stella
    Stella 4 days ago +2

    Taiwanese pork chop house, august gathering, house of joy, big wong, the list goes on!! I love Chinatown, really can't imagine a New York City without it!!!

  • Financial Shinanigan
    Financial Shinanigan 5 days ago +3

    Awesome to see the daughter understanding her native tongue!

  • Robert Rico
    Robert Rico 5 days ago +2

    My wife is Taiwanese, so I have a deep love of Chinatown, and (other than the Bourdain rip-off title) this is a great effort!

  • قطري و أفتخر

    Yes, it’s very much worth “Fighting For” and you are winning… “Honor and Respect”… I love visiting China Town any where, and I can’t resist the absolutely delicious Chinese Cuisine… Regards🇶🇦

  • Emily Balan
    Emily Balan 4 days ago

    Very well produced video. Thanks for spreading info about what's happening!

  • Channing Parker
    Channing Parker 3 days ago

    I think China town should have a collective Instagram account. Either ran by one person or as many is needed. You can even give access to the account to respective owners and let them share their daily or weekly experiences. It's a step in the right direction I think.

  • Damn Awesome
    Damn Awesome  3 days ago +1

    Hopefully everything goes well and Chinatown stays alive!

  • FireIslandchica
    FireIslandchica 4 days ago

    I’m only on Long Island and had NO IDEA about this jail!!! Thank you for bringing awareness for the community!!

  • Dez Lee
    Dez Lee 5 days ago

    Great video, inspiring. We need to do something to help out Chinatown as well.

  • Dicky's Dumps Handmade Dumplings

    Stay strong, Chinatown! We need you. ❤

  • Amber Lee
    Amber Lee 4 days ago +1

    This was amazing. I want to try every restaurant next time Im in NY. Thank you

  • Kelda Kellie
    Kelda Kellie 5 days ago

    Oh Wow, here in Melbourne, Australia our China Town kinda got really full and burst into downtown. Have someone do a story here on how we embrace all cultures through food. A good sauce (couldn't help myself) is Cam Smith on 3 Tripple R FM who has done some amazing interviews.

  • EnterGalactica
    EnterGalactica 5 days ago +9

    I still miss that one dim sum place that closed down… I remember going there all the time with my mom when she modeled in Soho 💞

    MLG GAMER 5 days ago

    Since I really love Chinese food Chinatown looks like somewhere I would want to go to more often than not

  • Paul Thomas
    Paul Thomas 4 days ago

    Great piece. Chinatown is fantastic, the people are brilliant and the food is out of this world.

  • Niel Johnson
    Niel Johnson 5 days ago +1

    Please add the district and assembly member emails so residents can send emails to their local representatives that will have an effect on the decisions made. After that you could also include legislative information and a local representative office phone number. Good luck and I hope something gets changed.

  • Mo Bugs
    Mo Bugs 5 days ago +46

    I angers me to think that city governments feed on certain communities such as the Asian communities. Because of the past history these communities had in their mother lands, my are fearful of the government. Some of these governments have members that are minorities that are feeding on other communities. The same thing is occurring in the Seattle Asian community. The government is building a homeless shelter that will house from 200 to 400 persons which requires a very large structure. So they thing that the Asian community will “roll over” and not fight back. You are wrong, and there are other communities joining in because if it can happen to one community it can happen to any community.

    • Organized Chaos
      Organized Chaos 4 days ago

      Ah we have more nimbys in the chat

    • Diego Roman
      Diego Roman 5 days ago

      Okay cecewwcwccddcddddddcd😂

    • Kegan Wallace
      Kegan Wallace 5 days ago

      In America the government is supposed to fear the people, not the people fearing the government. That's why the USA'S Constitution is so important to being free as the people, as legally as possible... Fight for your freedom and defend the USA's Constitution that gives you that right to be free.

  • Alpar
    Alpar 2 days ago

    I love this. You have my support! I'll be buying stuff :)

  • Pat White
    Pat White 8 hours ago

    God Bless You for all you do for everyone, Awesome!!!

  • Joseph Chandler
    Joseph Chandler 5 days ago +1

    Immigrants make America great, they deserve so much more support

  • Bradley Marger
    Bradley Marger 5 days ago +16

    Yeah, they got rid of my favorite dim sum joint in Confucius Square over the pandemic. Not many places still do it cart style anymore

    • Jason
      Jason 5 days ago

      It was called Hop Shing 😢 It was around ever since the late 70s when my dad came to the US. They had the best Cantonese baked buns! It’s so sad they closed…

  • Republic of Texas
    Republic of Texas 5 days ago +1

    I just want to say something and don't @ me. I'm just stating facts.
    You see how the children and even grandchildren of immigrants care for their elders and the elders in their communities..? These elders break their backs working here but, they don't have access to fancy lines of credit, investment options, there is no shot at building generational wealth for them-- they literally work their entire lives just to give their children a shot at the dream.
    Some people in America hate seeing this. They literally hate it. Because their community ain't like this. Neighbors don't know each other. Nobody cares about the hood.

    MLG GAMER 5 days ago +2

    Outreach activities and groups like send Chinatown love at least give me hope that something good exist in the world. There is a little bit of hope For humanity

  • Emd=mc^2
    Emd=mc^2 5 days ago +11

    The primary reason for NY Chinatown's decline has been foolish shutdowns and mandates by the city's leadership. In fact, the food industry in general has suffered in New York, with businesses across the entire city closing up.

  • Jim's Live Roots & Culture Music

    It seemed like this story was pitched that Chinatown is under threat of no longer existing. But it turned into a story of Chinatown thriving during the pandemic, in so far as generously taking care of their people.

  • Si H
    Si H 5 days ago

    Really not a fan of this food..
    However I would fight for your right to stay where you are.. Kudos.

  • Sarah
    Sarah 5 days ago

    We are going through a huge financial system and governmental changes right now...so I'm hoping in the near-ish future people will not have to suffer so much.

  • Belle Zhao
    Belle Zhao 4 days ago +2

    What a beautiful video and community

  • asad1123123
    asad1123123 18 hours ago

    Wow! Thank you for sharing those moments.

  • terminator6267
    terminator6267 3 days ago

    *_I'm all about the Kung Pao chicken. If it doesn't have chilies. I will order for them or order MORE! Spice is LIFE!_*

  • VietGook
    VietGook 5 days ago +1

    Love the Vietnamese chefs

  • Yuriel Cundangan
    Yuriel Cundangan 5 days ago +3

    Popular Opinion: Every single one of y'all agrees China TOWN made our Day much BETTE

  • FellerMister
    FellerMister 5 days ago +1

    Thank you - from lifelong Chinatown New York resident!

  • CL Email
    CL Email 5 days ago +1

    May Wah Fast Food has and will ALWAYS be my favorite Chinatown fast food place!

  • Mereyem Suzanne
    Mereyem Suzanne 5 days ago

    Lots of love and respect and greetings from Amsterdam The Netherlands 🇳🇱

  • Lyv
    Lyv 5 days ago

    Loving this!

    MLG GAMER 5 days ago

    Props to you and that oxtail 🇯🇲🇯🇲

    RIGGID RICH 5 days ago

    Good food and the people who make it will always survive.

  • Danielle Park
    Danielle Park 5 days ago

    Love this!

  • yaowsers77
    yaowsers77 4 days ago +1

    Can you post the list of businesses you find at for this video?

  • L S
    L S 4 days ago

    Simply beautiful 💌

  • Mark Rixson
    Mark Rixson 5 days ago

    Much respect ~ Bravo Zulu

    MLG GAMER 5 days ago

    What's happening with Chinatown? I've been to New York but I don't think I've ever been there specifically. I've been there in 2007 and I was in the Brooklyn area but I don't think I ever touched anywhere near times Square or Chinatown

  • Jonathan
    Jonathan 5 days ago

    I had the best duck in New York’s Chinatown. I can’t wait to go back.


    great job guys and gals

  • Edward Sanchez Productions

    I love Chinatown so much

  • Chris Liu
    Chris Liu 5 days ago

    4 Dumplings for a dollar was amazing. it's prolly 2 for a buck now.

  • ᵖᵗᵒᵒᵉᵞ
    ᵖᵗᵒᵒᵉᵞ 5 days ago

    i wanna send helen some chinatown love

  • Michael Corcoran
    Michael Corcoran 5 days ago +14

    LETS GOOOOOOOO @sendchinatownlove fam

  • M
    M 5 days ago +1

    Please do a Hot Ones feat. Michelle Yeoh ❤

  • nhb
    nhb 4 days ago +2

    That butcher dude is a riot.

    MLG GAMER 5 days ago

    Kung pao chicken 🤤🤤🤤 give me some of that right about now

  • David Price
    David Price 4 days ago +1

    I love that First We Feast is desperately trying to convince us that they aren’t here just because of Hot Ones…

  • William Eichner
    William Eichner 5 days ago

    What doesn't come out in the wash will come out in the rinse not to mention the spin cycle. It's part of nature strongest of the fittest.

  • Pearlwoo
    Pearlwoo 5 days ago

    I’ve never been to china town looks nice

  • Venus
    Venus 5 days ago

    I love these types of videos but that guy who said half of Chinatown wasn't able to get assistance. I wanna know what and why and where to get that info if he's correct.

    • Jefferson Li
      Jefferson Li 5 days ago +1

      Hey, I’m the guy that said that. Half of chinatown shares a zip code with SOHO, which, as you probably know from media, is a very wealthy area. Many grants and loans were based off zip code.
      It’s practically the same as saying “you live in NYC? You must be rich asf.”

  • tattoodrdoke
    tattoodrdoke 5 days ago

    If you find a place the locals go to. You know your gonna get authentic not gentrified food. Take a punt and try it out.

  • Omaer 1
    Omaer 1 Day ago

    Very Nice Bro! Get Good People!

  • Belle Zhao
    Belle Zhao 4 days ago +1

    Chinese people are so resilient

  • Toua Lee
    Toua Lee 5 days ago

    Chinatown has been apart of NY as much as NY has been part of Chinatown.

  • Isabelle
    Isabelle 5 days ago

    Nom Wah is my favorite place in Chinatown!

  • Rude Valve
    Rude Valve 5 days ago +1

    Certified Gold!!!!!

  • SonJon
    SonJon 5 days ago +2

    Looks so good

  • Gathan Mustafa
    Gathan Mustafa 5 days ago

    Salam dan sukses teeus buat sahabat gathan aamiin'.'.'

  • Sam Duffy
    Sam Duffy 5 days ago

  • Tim Hunold
    Tim Hunold 5 days ago +3

    Little Italy is receding while Chinatown is growing. Little Italy is the one that needs saving. Both are being killed off by rising rents. They both deserve to survive I couldn't imagine New York without both

  • Paxton Cargill
    Paxton Cargill 2 days ago

    Imo flushing has more character, Chinatown feels tacky

  • atlasunderthesky
    atlasunderthesky 5 days ago

    Anyone know what the dish she ate for breakfast at 2:30 is called?

    • gone6o4
      gone6o4 4 days ago

      Rice roll or Cheung fun

  • Omaer 1
    Omaer 1 Day ago


  • Yair Monets
    Yair Monets 5 days ago

    So y’all the ones that won the food truck contest

  • polianarchy
    polianarchy 5 days ago


  • Yuriel Cundangan
    Yuriel Cundangan 5 days ago +2

    China town is an epitomy of chines

  • S
    S Day ago

    Are white communities allowed to keep and protect their culture?