Lew, who is the general service director of the San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce, was talking to a colleague on the phone in Chinese when the stranger spoke to him.
And despite a population that’s more than one-third Asian, San Francisco was not exempt from the bigotry and xenophobia.
Now, as San Francisco tentatively begins to reopen, Asian and Asian-American residents say they fear further retaliation.
Even comparatively progressive San Francisco has been part of the blame game.
In the meantime, Liang is working to regain her confidence in navigating San Francisco, knowing that potential harassment could be around every corner.