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Fostering food equity in an immigrant neighborhood of New York City during COVID-19

Valerie Imbruce
2020 Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development  
Food equity includes the right to food that is cul­turally appropriate. Immigrant neighborhoods can be sites of contestation over who participates in the production, distribution, and consumption of food. Manhattan's Chinatown is a good example of a neighborhood where food is central to its com­merce, cultural heritage, and reputation as a tourist destination. The coronavirus' origin in China caused imme­diate material impact on Chinese restaurants and food purveyors in New York City as well as
more » ... ork City as well as in other cities with major populations of Chinese people. Chinatown suffered disproportionate closures of its grocery stores, restaurants, and produce vendors due to COVID-19 as compared to other neighbor­hoods in NYC. The grassroots response to this crisis is a reminder that people have the power to use food to assert the society that they desire, to shape a highly contested urban space, and to claim their right to the city.
doi:10.5304/jafscd.2020.101.028 fatcat:rbrdbrygfzdkjpwdfgpjhsuyc4