How We Kept the Kopitiam Family Together Through the Pandemic

Kopitiam , New York, New York
Photo: Janelle Bendycki

Right before COVID-19 hit the U.S., my wife was pretty concerned. Almost every day, she nearly had an anxiety breakdown because the news she was receiving from home was pretty depressing. She’s from the Sichuan province in China, where they’re born to be prepared for natural disasters because they’re so common.  

When the first cases started showing up in New York, she panicked. I thought she was overreacting. She wanted...