Keep NYC's Chinatown Arch-Free sign now

I hereby oppose the City Councils proposal to allocate $250,000 to build a $1.5 million arch in Chinatown. NYCs Chinatown is unique compared to the other Chinatowns in the U.S. precisely because it does not have an arch that marks its boundaries from the larger American society. After the economic devastation that Chinatown experienced after 9/11, in order to rebuild Chinatown, priorities need to be placed on its people. Although an arch represents a good intention to boost the economy by bringing in tourism and business development, it potentially and dangerously exoticizes the Chinese community. Policy makers and business leaders must ask whether or not an arch is what the community really wants, or really needs. Instead of commodifying Chinese culture and creating a narrow perception of the community, I urge that funds be allocated towards social services, education, affordable housing, or other initiatives that realistically address the needs and enhance the lives of the people in Chinatown.

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Latest Signatures

  • 24 December 2015200. Feng C
    Keep NYC's Chinatown Arch-Free
  • 17 December 2015199. Sivaswami G
    I support this petition
  • 15 November 2015198. Elizabeth J
    I support this petition
  • 29 September 2015197. Carleen B
    I support this petition
  • 19 September 2015196. Amber Norman
    I support this petition
  • 12 August 2015195. Bogus F
    dont build it nuff said..
  • 10 July 2015194. Cindy L
    I support this petition
  • 29 June 2015193. Jason Lane
    We don't need an Arch in Chinatown
  • 23 June 2015192. David C
    I support this petition
  • 10 June 2015191. Carol C
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  • 04 June 2015190. Michelle Z
    I support this petition
  • 29 May 2015189. Crystal L
    I support this petition
  • 04 May 2015188. Dan C
    I support this petition
  • 31 March 2015187. Tanny L
    I support this petition
  • 06 March 2015186. Helen C
    I support this petition
  • 05 March 2015185. Billy G
    This is an unneccessary expense
  • 16 February 2015184. Sandy L
    I agree that there are better ways to spend available funds in Chinatown, e.g. cleaner streets.
  • 14 February 2015183. Helen C
    I support this petition
  • 11 January 2015182. Suzanne L
    I support this petition
  • 31 December 2014181. Kathy C
    I support this petition
  • 15 December 2014180. Karen C
    There's no more need to marginalize Chinese Americans and make them more "exotic", if you really want to build up the Chinatown community, invest money in programs for the people, and not a stupid arch!!!
  • 28 October 2014179. Lori H
    What purpose would the arch serve? A landmark for tourists to take pictures? Why not spend the money to clean up the streets of chinatown so that tourists and residents can stroll the cleaner streets and take pictures of the actual Chinatown?
  • 30 July 2014178. Amanda L
    I support this petition
  • 10 July 2014177. Kim H
    Please stop wasting our hard earned tax money on such frivolous things. There are people starving, homeless, cold/hot, dirty in our community. Focus more attention on human needs rather than egotistical needs.
  • 04 June 2014176. Ellen C
    I support this petition
  • 24 May 2014175. Serena Y
    LEAVE CHINATOWN ALONE...WE DON'T NEED AN ARCH!!!!
  • 05 April 2014174. Yawei L
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