This week Shabana met with businesses and community groups based in the Chinese Quarter after her office was contacted by a small number of constituents with concerns about a slight rise in hate crime incidents and negative impact on businesses in Chinatown.
There is an understanding that recent issues steam from misconceptions surrounding the coronavirus. In the meeting Shabana heard from community members and business owners that the Chinese Quarter remains open for business, and that they are pleased to report that business is still going strong in the area.
In the meeting West Midlands Police highlighted that there has not been a major increase in reported hate incidents. The meeting discussed how the police could further encourage incident reporting by building their links with the Chinese community to ensure recording of hate incidents always takes place.
Speaking after the meeting, Shabana said:
“I’ve always been proud to say that my constituency has one of the biggest concentrations of Chinese businesses in the West Midlands and is the historical home for Chinese residents in the region.
“I stand shoulder to shoulder with the Chinese community in Ladywood who add so much to the rich culture of our city.
“I’ll continue to monitor the situation and liaise with community groups in the Chinese Quarter over the coming weeks and months.”