Hmong Businesses Hurt by Coronavirus Now Deal with Riot Damage and Racism

“The coronavirus pandemic has decimated business for her tenants, so Wong has been paying the plaza‚Äôs bills the past three months from her own savings instead of their rents. After the vandals and looters who took to the streets during protests to the death of George Floyd caused a draining amount of damage, she now must also find the money for repairs.

The impacts of the past few months, though, have been more than financial. Her family has been harassed and falsely accused for the spread of the coronavirus. And seeing the civil unrest in the Twin Cities brings back painful memories of the war she escaped.”

Posted by the Pioneer Press.

Gloria Wong is framed by shattered glass on June 10, 2020 in the Century Plaza building which she owns with her husband on University Avenue in St. Paul. Businesses of their tenants have been closed during the coronavirus pandemic and the property was vandalized during the protests following the death of George Floyd. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)