Covid-19 caused a disproportionate number of Asian-owned businesses in Southern California to close their doors and fire staff, according to a study published recently by the University of California, Los Angeles.

Out of the 400 Asian-run businesses surveyed, 60 percent reported a large negative effect from the pandemic, compared to just 40 percent of all California businesses surveyed by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Business Pulse Survey.

And it’s not surprising, said Paul Ong, an author on the report and professor and researcher at UCLA who has been studying Asian communities throughout the pandemic. He said a few reasons could be the fact that Asian-owned businesses tend to be in sectors that were most impacted — such as food service, hospitality and retail — and that many

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