EUGENE, Ore. – An Asian supermarket and restaurant victim to vandalism on a monthly basis has been hit again three times within the last week. Yi Shen had been targeted 7 times in the last 6 months.
Since our report on Tuesday, the GoFundMe created by the Asian community reached its goal in less than 24 hours. The funds will be used to install a surveillance system and plexiglass windows at the business. Rachel Hsieh, the owner’s daughter, issued a statement for her family, thanking the community:
“On behalf of my family and myself, we would like to say thank you. We are once again overwhelmed by the kindness and thoughtfulness everyone has shown to our family. We are so grateful and appreciative to be a part of such a caring community. The last two years have brought a lot of change for our family but we have been able to continue with the community’s help. It has not just been our business that has experienced vandalism, but multiple businesses in our community. Therefore, we hope that there can also be help for the others being affected by this in our community and that by working together, we can stop this. Thank you again for the warm support.”
Phung Hsieh and her husband came to the United States in the 1980s as refugees from the Vietnam War. They opened Yi Shen 20 years ago. But tragedy struck the family in 2014, when her husband was killed on the Oregon coast.
While the surveillance system is being installed, the Asian community is asking for help in forming a watch patrol. Volunteers can sign up here.