By Lyka Jazmin dela Cruz
A Filipino food truck that was vandalized in an apparent racist and anti-Asian attack in Salt Lake City has received support from Fil-American Jordan Clarkson of the Utah Jazz.
Clarkson, recently named 6th Man of the Year in the NBA, offered to help the embattled Filipino owner of the Yum Yum Asian Food Truck, which was spray-painted with anti-Asian messages. Clark hired the services of IdentityGraphx to give the food truck a new paint job.
In a tweet, Clarkson said he knows the pain of receiving hateful language and racism. He also hopes that his help would somehow lift up the spirit of the owner and his family.
“I stand in solidarity with Utah’s Filipino community—love is more powerful than hate! #utahfilipino #StopAAPIHate #stopasianhate,” Clarkson tweeted.
Layton, Utah Mayor Joy Petro and city council members also helped in the restoration of the food truck, which is set to re-open on June 12, the Philippines’ Independence Day.
“It has been an emotional few days. The love and support that we got from all of you has been deeply heartfelt. My family can’t thank you guys enough. Special thanks to Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson and Dan from Identity graphics for the new look. We want to thank everyone individually in a couple weeks when we have our LOVE celebration in the park and feed the community. Thanks to Mayor Joy Petro, Councilman Clint Morris, Councilman Zach Bloxham, Dustin, everyone in the neighborhood and all of you angels. Love prevails. We are going to have our grand reopening this Saturday at the Philippine independence day celebration in slc,” the Yum Yum owner said.