11 September 2019 Posted.
E Broadway from the Manhattan Bridge Walkway on September 11, 2001, photograph by Wai Lum William Man; Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection. 从曼哈顿大桥步道方向拍摄的百老汇大街，2001年9月11日，照片由Wai Lum William Man拍摄；美国华人博物馆（MOCA）馆藏
9/11 memorial Kim Lau Memorial Arch in Chatham Square, photograph by Lia Chang. Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
The attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 crippled Manhattan’s Chinatown, a neighborhood just blocks away from Ground Zero. Streets in and surrounding the neighborhood were closed to vehicle traffic for weeks after, phone service was out for months, and as not all of Chinatown was in the official “Disaster Zone,” residents and businesses north of Canal Street were prevented from receiving government aid.
Historian Betty Lee Sung, noted in a report commissioned by the Asian Americans for Equality “restricted access to the neighborhood in the aftermath of September 11th destabilized the local economy in fundamental ways: garment factories, restaurants, and small businesses that are primary sources of employment for immigrants with limited language and job skills have gone out of business or suffered significant revenue losses.” Business in Chinatown have rebounded to an extent, but many longtime New Yorkers say the neighborhood has not been the same since 9/11.
The materials MOCA collected were displayed in an online exhibition that can be viewed here.