22 hours ago
Photo by @choutoo
1. a man takes fastidious notes at a bus stop
2. china, monterey park, los angeles itched into a catcus
finishing off my suburban chinatown project with this post. i will sharing my work across the u.s. next.
about suburban chinatown: this series is about my hometown in the san gabriel valley - a cluster of asian-majority suburbs just 10-mins east of los angeles.
the region currently has one of the largest concentration of chinese and taiwanese americans and the city i grew up in (monterey park) was the first city in the us to have asian-majority. while i knew i lived in a bit of a unique bubble, i had always felt like any regular kid growing up in the suburbs and attended a high school that aspired to be like that of a john hughes movie (except people mostly looked like me). i had always accepted and embraced mainstream american culture as my own, but i also knew that the life inside my home, as well as those of my friends, looked quite different from what was reflected at me.
the series stems from that experience and it looks at daily life in the region. it explores how the community has grafted its way into the memory of the landscape and how the imagination of the suburbs has informed the lives to people who inhabit it.
hi! it’s jessica and i’m taking over for wp this week. i'm a photog based in sf & la and i'm interested in chronicling contemporary american life. i do this through portraiture and documentary work - making photos of people who are shaping the world we are living in and looking for clues of our culture in our landscape and everyday life.
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