NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The reopening of the Museum of Chinese in America in Chinatown sparked protests Wednesday.
A crowd gathered on Centre Road, claiming the museum is selling displacement and criticizing board member Jonathan Chu, who owns a number of properties in Chinatown.
Protesters say Chu’s household evicted beloved restaurant Jing Fong and supported the development of a jail in Chinatown.
“Jonathan Chu is their co-chair. He’s the pinnacle of the museum. We’re calling for a boycott of all his companies and institutions,” protester Jihye Simpkins mentioned.
The museum’s president responded by saying the protesters’ considerations convey up a mess of points utterly unrelated to the museum or its mission.