Asian-Owned Businesses & Community Tension in Washington

Guest Host:

Marc Fisher
Asian-Owned Businesses & Community Tension in Washington

One of D.C.'s most prominent politicians inflamed long-running tensions last week when he disparaged the Asian-owned businesses that serve the city's poorest neighborhoods...

One of D.C.'s most prominent politicians inflamed long-running tensions last week when he disparaged the Asian-owned businesses that serve the city's poorest wards. Former Mayor and current D.C. Council Member Marion Barry accused some of those business owners of running "dirty shops" and suggested they close down and move out. We explore what this episode reveals about the complicated relationships among the city's African American and Asian communities.

Guests

Barbara Lang

President and CEO, DC Chamber of Commerce

Gary Cha

Owner, Yes! Organic Market; Former President, Korean American Grocers Association

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