Boston has a long tradition of Asian women chefs and restaurateurs. Here are eight standout businesses to support

Neither has its restaurant community. Asia Mei, chef-owner of Moonshine 152 in South Boston, says she felt the climate grow more threatening last year around St. Patrick’s Day. “We were starting to get a lot of racist, threatening, xenophobic calls; [comments on] Facebook and community bulletin boards; things from strangers; things from people honestly you would have never thought would have said something like that. At the base of my heart, I know it’s fear and misunderstanding. I can take it because I’m tough, but at the same time, it doesn’t make it right,” she says. “It seems shocking that we aren’t more vigilant of how to empathize with each other, how to look out for each other.”

Mei is part of a long tradition of strong, successful Asian women chefs and restaurateurs in the Boston area, dating back at least as far as 1958, when Joyce Chen served Peking

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McDonald’s starts offering vegan meat in China

McDonald’s will begin serving vegan spam dubbed OmniPork Luncheon Meat as part of its breakfast menu in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

The OmniPork Luncheon Meat was rolled out to 280 McDonald’s locations in Hong Kong and Macau last October.

It is a plant-based version of Hormel’s popular canned meat made of soybeans, wheat, beets, and coconut oil and manufactured by OmniFoods, a Hong Kong-based company founded by David Yeung, the entrepreneur behind social enterprise Green Monday.

The positive response prompted McDonald’s to offer this plant-based option in other Asian markets.

A growing number of Chinese consumers are seeking food choices based on health, environmental and ethical reasons.

China’s alternative meat industry is a key target market for several international plant-based players.

Last year, Starbucks, offered a plant-based menu from Beyond Meat, and Omnipork in its 4,200 locations across China.

KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut followed suit, adding Beyond Meat

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