another dream shattered

Song Ni had a dream just like many Chinese immigrants... move to a small town from New York, open a restaurant, raise a family. So he moved to Stantonsburg, NC (population: 800) and opened Jin Jin Chinese Restaurant, a "hole-in-the-wall" offering the usual Chinese American cuisine. Probably not very good, but it had its place in the small community, right next to the laundromat, the diner, and the Piggly Wiggly.

However, Ni's dream came to an end last month when robbers shot him dead in his home—just across the street from his restaurant: Slain immigrant lived a dream, briefly. Unfortunately, Ni's death, just like his dream, is also a common occurrence for Chinese restaurant workers—and it doesn't matter whether you're in a big city or small town. This has got to stop.

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