This is the most intolerant thing that Asian-Americans have done in California since they intolerantly opposed racist looters in Los Angeles in ’92. Now Asian-Americans are on the front lines of the homeless wars in New York and Los Angeles. And they’re fighting back against efforts by radical leftist governments trying to shove homeless shelters into their neighborhoods.
One by one, the buses pulled up to the Orange County Hall of Administration last week carrying posters with messages such as “No Tent City” and “No Homeless in Irvine.”
Many of the hundreds on board were immigrants, and this would be their first experience joining a political protest.
Finally, the left has immigrants whom it can hate.
A week earlier, county officials announced that they were considering placing emergency homeless shelters in Irvine as well as in Laguna Niguel and in Huntington Beach. All three cities immediately fought the plan, but the opposition was most fierce in Irvine.
Many of the loudest voices in the movement to block the shelter plan were Chinese Americans who came together through social media apps and various community groups. They were joined by immigrants from South Korea, India, Mexico and the Middle East, along with some whites.
It was a big political victory for the diverse opposition from Irvine. But it also came at a price, with some accusing the residents of intolerance and simply wanting to keep the homeless out of their own cities without offering an alternative solution.
The alternative solution is enforce laws against vagrancy, institutionalize crackheads and paranoid schizophrenics who pose a public safety hazard.
a federal judge has demanded the county do whatever it takes to find more shelter space.
I bet his house and courtroom have lots of space.
“Did you see how we created a presence to keep our neighborhoods safe? Look at those crowds! It was like Chinese New Year,” said Kelvin Hsieh, manager of a high-tech company who signed up to ride the bus and marched with his daughter, fifth-grader Ava.
Like Hsieh and others on the buses, Haiying Snider, a fashion designer, said she has “never engaged in political issues” but felt motivated to get involved in this fight because it felt so close to home.
Chunzhu Yu, a dentist with offices in Irvine and Orange, said he paid about $5,000 to sponsor seven buses, taking half a day off from seeing patients to air his views.
“We had to go to defense mode to keep trouble away,” Yu said.
“We didn’t do it alone,” said fellow co-founder Richard Xiaoxiang Lu. “No one knows the county officials, and most of us have never been to their meetings. But we had people from every community say, ‘I need to go there’ to speak up. Asians are usually quiet, you know. Not this time.”
Parrisa Yazdani, an Irvine mother of two of Japanese and Iranian descent, launched a Facebook page called “Irvine Tent City Protest” that ballooned to more than 5,000 members in a few days.
Suresh Paulraj, an Indian American resident of Cypress Village, described the organization style as “precise, almost like the military. We can learn from this to help us activate in the future.”
Diversity is our strength.
The same battles have been happening in New York City.
The crowd of 500 included grandmothers and small children, Chinese immigrants and the president of a local Republican club, all shouting that the mayor had trampled their rights.
The source of their anger? The 180 homeless families that New York City had moved into the defunct Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, Queens. The residents felt nervous around the new arrivals, they said. There were reports of shoplifting from the Good Fortune Supermarket, public urination and panhandling — all things, they said, that had been unheard-of in their neighborhood until now.
Mark Gao, 32, a wok chef at a Sichuan restaurant in Manhattan, said that his wife was nervous to walk home alone at night from her restaurant job, and that he had told his nieces not to play outside without an adult.
“Why does the government want to support this group?” Mr. Gao said in Mandarin. “Why do they want to give them free money? We have to work from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.”
Because they’re leftists. And leftists hate people who work for a living.
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