China in Colors
my professional work I have focused on the contemporary cultural
and social transformations brought about by human migration.
Through photography, writing and video, I seek to illuminate
the impact of global migration upon the private lives and social
environments of the Chinese people, both in the Chinese homeland
and in their adopted environs. To understand the Chinese Diaspora
is to acknowledge the significance of human patterns of global
migration as they shape individual experiences and emerging cultures.
work addresses the issues of cultural identity, Asian American
ethnicity, human and cultural diversity and inter-racial relationships.
For the last 30 years I have studied and portrayed the effects
of the population explosion and the resultant political and
economic turmoil, changes in land, culture, race, and the creation
of new values and identities. Centered on Chinese-American
issues, the work uses photography to challenge the viewer visually
to interpret its content. As an immigrant, I am drawn to understanding
the forces and portraying the process of Chinese migration
to the Americas.
Cantonese Chinese have nicknamed America "Gum Sahn" or
the Golden Mountain. I have covered geographic areas from older
Chinatowns in North American to Midwestern small towns, and
Chinese settlements on the Mexico-California border. In China,
my efforts are concentrated in the south from which most Chinese
Americans and their ancestors emigrated. I have captured periods
of recent Chinese history that have led to major migratory
movements within China and abroad.
portraying persons in mixed-race relationships and their descendants
throughout North America, I hope to encourage viewers to contemplate
how history, politics, and fate play a part in our lives. I
wish to inspire others to value one another, accept our differences,
and embrace diversity in our multicultural world. In doing
so, we move closer to understanding complex and evolving dimensions
of the human experience.