Repair Chinatown & Our Community - The Wok Shop

UPDATE: Wow. A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has donated and/or shared this story with their networks. $9,000 in less than 36 hours is amazing! We blew our original goal of $5,000 out of the water. Our country needs more of this kindness and generosity. Thank you, thank you....

I've been in touch with The Chinatown Merchant's Association, who is working in partnership with and the Delta-Chinatown Initiative ( on installing cameras throughout Chinatown,  and I didn't realize how costly it is going to be (at least $300,000). The city has done this successfully in the Castro, but now we look to Chinatown. 

While we've reached our initial goal, it's a fraction of what it will cost to purchase, install, and monitor the cameras, so we're going to keep going. I'm updating our fundraising goal...again, 100% of what you donate here, will go straight to this effort. Let's make our streets safer!  


My store, The Wok Shop, has been in business in San Francisco for 54 years and has never had an incident. But two nights ago, the store was broken into. Is it a coincidence that this happened now, after all this time of being in business? No. Anti-Asian crime continues and we need to be vigilant about it. We need to fight back. 

The criminal damaged our gate and windows to climb through the transom window at the top. Luckily, no one was hurt and perhaps and it looks as if he/she left empty-handed because my cash register was secured. My store was vandalized, but I am NOT seeking funds to repair the damages (likely $3000 because we need to replace the window and fix the iron gate). 100% of the monies raised here will go directly to the Chinatown Merchants Association so that they can help SFPD install cameras around Chinatown to monitor our community and help catch criminals like the one who broke into The Wok Shop. 

We need to stop Asian Hate, and hate for all people. We must not continue down a path of being a divided America. This is not the country I want my children and grandchildren to grow up in. Be kind. Give grace. And embrace. 

Thank you for helping Chinatown, and those who live and work here, feel and be safer. 

Organizer and beneficiary

Tane Chan
San Francisco, CA
Eva Lee

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