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Marion Barry, Tony Cheng of Washington D.C., meet to discuss mending fences after Barry's criticism of Asian carry-outs

10:43 PM, Apr 11, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Chinatown's leading business person and activist Tony Cheng sat down to lunch with Ward Eight Councilman Marion Barry on Wednesday to discuss plans for mending fences that Barry created with scathing election night criticism of Asian carry-outs  in his ward.

Barry called them dirty businesses and said they had to go. Cheng, who has known Barry for 40 years, says Barry has a history of "loving Asian people".

He credits Barry  as Mayor with the revitalization of the District's Chinatown and establishing a sister-to-sister relationship with Bejiing.

Cheng says he will put a meeting together with the Asian leaders and Barry. He says the former four term Mayor can apologize for his words. Barry said he has already apologized.

He predicted better restaurants, services and respect on all sides.

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