The Feiner Report
GREENBURGH, NY — A large Chinese-American population live in Greenburgh. Some have expressed worry regarding bias against the Chinese community. We must not tolerate any racial discrimination. If any resident is victimized – please advise so we can forward the complaints to the Human Rights Committee and to other authorities. As far as I know, no Greenburgh resident of Chinese-American descent, or any other resident, has experienced any direct discrimination because of the virus. If that changes or if you know of any incident please advise.
Some residents of Greenburgh have family in Wuhan, China. They are anxious and stressed out – receiving bad news from people they know or someone who passed away or got critically ill. It is a difficult time for the Chinese/Greenburgh community. It’s my hope that all Greenburgh residents will be understanding and help our Chinese neighbors during this difficult time.
The Coronavirus has however impacted one Greenburgh resident who is on a cruise ship that is not permitted to dock at any Asian port.
Glenn Eisen, a former member of the Greenburgh Ethics Board and a an instructor of Tai Chi for Balance and Minimizing Fall Risks at AF Veteran Park in Greenburgh, celebrated his 80th birthday. He and his wife, Barbara McNear decided to take a cruise on the Westerdam on the South China Sea — a place he visited in 1960 when in the army on a Navy troop ship. Their cruise highlights the impact that the coronavirus has had on travelers. I have been in touch with Glenn many times since he left for vacation. This is the most recent update.
The ship left from Hong Kong for different ports. Because of the coronavirus problems he and other passengers have been frustrated because they haven’t been allowed to dock in other ports. They haven’t been able to visit the Philippines, Taiwan, Korea or Japan. As they approach each country the Captain has advised all passengers that none of the nations from whom permission to dock was requested gave permission for the ship to dock. And the cruise liner, Holland American, hasn’t provided them with much information. For example, he learned that Guam denied the ship docking privileges through an article posted in the Los Angeles Times. The Captain implies that the cruise line are exploring disparate ports at high to dock but refuses to name them.
One issue of concern is specific to passengers who were in China in the past 30 days because most places won’t allow them in the country. Yesterday, for the first time since February 1st, all passengers and crew passports were collected and a questionnaire required they answer questions about heather the passengers visited Hong Kong, Macau, and/or mainland China. The cruise liner today told passengers that an unnamed country may grant the passengers permission to dock and get off the ship –possibly as early as Monday. But as of this morning there was no final destination.
Some passengers feel that had they not stopped Hong Kong on February 1st they would not be in this predicament. They have been promised future cruise credits plus refunds of fares. But those who had additional air fares and hotel accommodations prior or after the cruise are worried that they will come out behind.
The service crew in the food, beverages and staterooms continue to be very helpful and supportive. They don’t demonstrate any outward frustrations. They deserve great credit for an outstanding job
The captain reassured everyone that the ship was not in quarantine and that no one on board has coronavirus symptoms. He advised that Holland America is working with the US government, including the U.S. Navy, and the Dutch government to find an appropriate port for the ship to dock.