Why a Chicago police officer’s accidental death struck a chord with Chinese Americans: ‘A lot of residents feel so vulnerable’
In a summer of pandemic and unrest, the accidental death of Chicago police Officer Xu Meng resonated deeply among those of Chinese descent here and across the country.
A hardworking father and husband. One of their own.
And a cop at a time when the community felt threatened by rising anti-Chinese hate and were depending more and more on officers such as Meng, even as police nationwide were being widely scrutinized for brutality.
A fundraiser for Meng’s family was carried widely on Chinese social media and has collected about $179,000, more than three times what was sought.