As discriminatory misinformation around Coronavirus grows, local Chinese restaurants and stores are paying a heavy price - with some losing up to 50% of their revenue over the past weeks.1
All the while, doctors and medical professionals have been urging people to go about their lives, saying there is no reason to avoid public spaces.2
While other food outlets and public spaces are still buzzing, it is our Chinatown restaurants and Asian grocers that are emptying out by the day. It's clear the undue panic around the virus is unfairly impacting Chinese and Asian communities. And if we don't combat this misinformation now, our communities stand to lose our jobs, and livelihoods.
Can you take the pledge to support Asian Australian businesses, and let Chinese family run restaurants know we will stand by them in their time of need? #IWillEatWithYou
 Coronavirus: retailers reel as diners desert Chinese restaurants - The Australian, 31 January 2020
 Australian doctors warn of rise in racist abuse over coronavirus - The Guardian, 04 February 2020
The spread of misinformation about the Coronavirus has resulted in a huge loss for Chinese and Asian local businesses and eateries across the country - with many at risk of closing their doors for good.
We can’t let people lose their jobs and their livelihoods off the back of discriminatory and baseless claims.
Thats why I’m taking the pledge to support Asian Australian businesses, and let Chinese family run restaurants know that I will stand by them.