Two Chinese American artists showing their appreciation to those
who are on the frontlines in the fight against COVID 19.
And theyre telling the story of how the deadly virus is affecting them in New York Citys Chinatown.
My younger brother tested positive for COVID a little over a month ago and then I caught it.
Jerry Ma who runs an art supply store in Manhattan
says he wanted to express how the pandemic has affected his family business and community.
Because Asian Americans have increasingly been targets of hate crimes since COVID 19 spread to the US.
Ma says he also wanted to show their dedication on the front lines
as health workers risking their lives to save others.I want a lot people to know what has these people do.
What these people do the characters and Jerrys portraits are ordinary people in his life.
I start with one of my close friends. Shes a physicians assistant.I just want to say thank you to her.
Jerry uses colors to express emotions of people in different fields.
Frontline medical workers are blue to convey calmness and peace.
Red for restaurant workers to show the happiness they bring.
And purple for everyone else to demonstrate strength.
By creating the portraits, Jerry hopes to bring more attention to
the many ways Asian Americans are helping to combat the corona virus.
Felicia Liang, a freelance artist living in Brooklyn,
draws to store fronts of Chinatowns business with fine lines on her iPad.
Red represents businesses that are still operating and black represents the business that are temporarily closed.
Even during this time, a lot of us are trying to think of like, what value can I add.
Like Im staying at home like how much value can I add it.
I dont have a ton of money to donate either.
So like what can I do to support the community. If its drawing, thats great.
She has drawn 185 storefronts so far. I wanted to draw as many as I can.
I reached out and said like it really appreciate me just you know sharing love.
And the bottom of each drawing, she sketched in hashtag support Chinatown.
The everyone has a different places that they go to.
Its another way to kind of preserve parts of New York that we all love so much.
For Jody in New York Im Lin Yao VOA News