Community Stories

Unity and Safety Shine at the 9th Annual Chinatown Night Out

Last week, Portsmouth Square in Chinatown was abuzz with activity during the 9th annual Chinatown Night Out. This gathering demonstrated the community’s ongoing dedication to ensuring a safe and thriving environment for everyone.

Chinatown Night Out has always been about collaboration. Stemming from a vision to bolster ties between local residents, businesses, and city officials, the event is a clear reflection of our shared commitment. As highlighted by SFPD Assistant Chief David Lazar in 2022, it’s a platform for residents to familiarize themselves with their local officers, building trust and fostering open communication.

This year, the San Francisco Police Department was once again on hand, offering valuable safety tips to attendees. Their tables became quite the hotspot with free popcorn and cotton candy. Meanwhile, community-based organizations showcased the best of local initiatives. Portsmouth Square was filled to capacity with 18 organizations manning resource tables, providing a wealth of information about available local resources.

Local merchants, as always, participated with immense generosity. CYC distributed 1,000 dinner boxes, largely donated by local businesses. Cultural performances, from traditional Chinese lion dances to dance troupes, added a touch of tradition and vibrancy to the event. An exciting raffle saw 20 lucky participants walk away with mooncake boxes, adding to the festive atmosphere.

We’re already eagerly anticipating next year’s 10th anniversary of Chinatown Night Out. Our thanks go to the SFPD, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and all our partners for their ongoing commitment. And to our volunteers and donors: your consistent support is invaluable. Together, we can continue making a positive impact in our community.