Chinatown LA Mutual Aid
CCED has partnered with Southeast Asian Community Alliance to collect funds to be used for food, care packages, and financial support for Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, and Solano Canyon elders and members in critical need. We started in March 2020 and continue today but separately to better serve the specific populaltions that we work in Chinatown. Check out Chinatown LA Mutual Aid Facebook page for more info.
Southeast Asian Community Alliance works to build power among Southeast Asian youth and their communities in Los Angeles for a more just and equitable society through intergenerational, multiethnic dialogue, leadership development, and community organizing. Stay updated with SEACA’s work on Facebook @seacala or Instagram @seaca.la
Chinatown Community for Equitable Development is a multi-ethnic and inter-generational organization based in Los Angeles Chinatown whose mission is to build grassroots power with low-income and immigrant communities through organizing, education, and mutual help. Stay involved by following CCED’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ccedla.
Resources List for Chinatown, Families, Unsheltered, Businesses, Tenants, and Workers
Chinatown Call to Action in the Time of COVID-19
City, state, and federal authorities have been slow to act. Chinatown Community for Equitable Development, All Chinatown Tenant Union, and our allies call for the mobilization of resources to support all people and small businesses that are hurt during the pandemic, and especially the most vulnerable in our community and in Los Angeles.
Volunteer With Us
We are calling folks to offer support through donating extra supplies and helping to coordinate mutual aid for Chinatown residents.
Tenants who are living in Single Resident Occupancy buildings especially need supplies so they can effectively self quarantine.
We are asking for supply donations of face masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, disposable gloves, and hand soap. We will contact you after you fill out our form.
Power Up & Mutual Aid
Starting in May 2021, CCED joined forces with Streetwatch LA for their weekly Power Ups to support and organize houseless community members in and around Chinatown. While LA City continues to unjustly and forcibly displace unhoused community members and their belongings, Streetwatch volunteers have kept building relationships, providing support, and helping advocate for unhoused community members.
CCED brought in hot meals from local restaurants in Chinatown, clothings, and supplies for the Power Ups. Every Sunday, houseless community members had the opportunity to gather and connect at these Power Ups. These community members could charge their electronic devices, and pick up hot meals, water bottles, snacks, etc.
CCED is committed to fighting for all tenant rights, including unhoused tenants. We believe in building community power through our organizing. Through this partnership with Streetwatch LA, we have the opportunity to influence Chinatown to better understand the experiences of and support unhoused community members, because we can make Chinatown better for us ALL.
Join in on CCED Bingo Event
Strolling down Broadway with a cup of boba and new plant friends in hand. You pass by street vendors selling fresh fruit — oranges, dragonfruit, rambutan. Belly full from eating steamed buns and dim sum nearby. The warm sun on your face. It sounds a lot like a good day spent in Chinatown
From September 4-11, we’re going to continue to show Chinatown love while playing a fun game of bingo — come join us!
Get bingo! We’ll send you a postcard featuring a photo of a community space in Chinatown to show our appreciation.
Remember to wear a mask, bring cash, and tip generously!
Graphics: M. Chi
Chinatown Small Business Map
LA Chinatown needs your support more than ever now! Both the impact of gentrification and COVID-19 has impacted our community in devastating ways, but our history of resistance and resilience runs deep. Our community has always supported one another.
From our swap meets selling matching pajama and samfu 衫褲 sets to our mom and pop shops slinging delicious noodle soups (even in the summer!) to our hole-in-the-wall bakeries serving up fresh buns daily, can we count on you to show up for the small businesses that have nurtured and served our working-class neighborhood and surrounding cities for years?
Wear a mask, bring some cash, visit Chinatown, and tip generously! Show our small businesses that folks care.
Support Chinatown Businesses by Ordering Take-Out or Delivery
Since late January, our Chinatown businesses have seen a sharp decline in business as a direct result of the mass xenophobic and racist reactions to the Coronavirus. The compounded weight of this reaction to Asian-owned businesses as well as the ongoing gentrification of the neighborhood has made small businesses in Chinatown more vulnerable than ever.
In light of the recent call to halt in-restaurant dining in LA, we’re calling on folks to help support long standing, community serving businesses in Chinatown for takeout or delivery!! From vegetarian pho to Hong Kong style breakfasts and desserts, our businesses in Chinatown have a lot to offer, and we’d love to show them an outpouring of community support in this time!
We recommend a 30-50% cash tip per order to support the workers who are facing cut hours or future lay-offs. Check out our list of Chinatown restaurants (with details on price range, food offerings and some CCED favorites!) in the button below.
Join us for a Virtual Lunch Series
Even before businesses were shut down, LA's Chinatown was being hit especially hard by the COVID-19: xenophobia, gentrification and development were threatening businesses in out community. Some business have reported up 60% losses, and many have closed. There have been massive layoffs in a community that has been historically low-income.
Every Wednesday, from March 25—April 9 at 12pm-1pm, we're inviting you to order takeout from a Chinatown restaurant at and join some allies and CCED folxs for a virtual meal on the zoom call! Join us online at: http://tinyurl.com/ccedlunch
Resources for Small Businesses in Chinatown, Los Angeles
CCED have been working on a Running Resource Document for Chinatown Small Business. Go to bit.ly/4CTbiz to check out our online page, which includes resources such as grants, letter templates to your landlord, and other useful links to help your business through this tough time.
Check out our Know Your Rights Flyer here for a summary of your current COVID-19 protections as a small business owner! Remember that if you receive any notices or harassment from your landlord, you can contact us immediately in order to receive support: