Chinatown Locals ‘Erase the Hate’ of Insensitive Gate Murals
One Los Angeles-based street artist angered residents in Chinatown for racially-insensitive caricatures across the neighborhood this weekend.
Someone with the tag name Sickid1 imparted the controversial images on at least three store gates over the weekend – 34 Mott, 81 Allen, and 38 Allen Street.
Outspoken Chinatown activist Karlin Chan took it upon himself to erase the hate, so to speak. With a bucket of paint, he and a team of volunteers overwrote three murals depicting Chinese stereotypes and nudity, two of which were located near a school and church. (All whitewashing was done with the permission of the landlords.)
“I find these totally inappropriate, depicting nudity and obvious racists elements,” Chan responded when asked for a comment. “Not to mention in such close proximity to an elementary school where young children are exposed to it.”
The scrubbed works lay in stark contrast to the independent “88 Gates” project currently underway in Chinatown.