Ian Young
Ian Young

SCMP Columnist

The Hongcouver by Ian Young

Vancouver’s Chinese restaurants are empty amid coronavirus fears. If misinformation is to blame, so is China’s embassy

  • For weeks, China’s embassy has been telling people to avoid crowds in Canada, while local authorities blame online mischief for the woes of Chinese restaurants
  • But misinformation alone is a poor explanation for empty restaurants – it’s also due to the public’s poor ability to calculate risk on a range of scary subjects