It’s an early morning in Chinatown and Suu Ngo, 67, is cooking potstickers on her kitchen stove. They sizzle in the oil as her pet dog, a small black mutt named Ellie, watches her from the floor. Outside her six-story window, a slow trickle of ant-sized pedestrians pass on the sidewalks below.
It’s the quiet part of Suu’s day and it’s how she starts many mornings, cooking Vietnamese food to share with her three adult grandchildren before beginning her work day as a street cleaner for the Department of Public Works in the inner Sunset.
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