PHOTO GALLERIES: New York Chinatown: ctown11

From 1981 to the beginning of 1984 I  was a documentary photographer for the New York Chinatown History Project, now the Museum of Chinese in America. An older generation of Chinatown was being replaced by a rapidly expanding new influx of immigration. My goal was to document the  transformation from an older, primarily male community (due  to restrictive and discriminatory immigration laws) to a new generation of young families.Time has changed me and the way that I see the work. I've found images, overlooked in the past, that with the passage of time have taken on new meaning and import. This section is a work in progress. As I continue scanning negatives I will add more photos. The early 1980s was a unique time in the history of New York Chinatown. With the passage  of time I hope that my documentation of Chinatown life can both communicate what it felt like to live in Chinatown at that time and inform our current societal discussion of immigration.

From 1981 to the beginning of 1984 I was a documentary photographer for the New York Chinatown History Project, now the Museum of Chinese in America. An older generation of Chinatown was being replaced by a rapidly expanding new influx of immigration. My goal was to document the transformation from an older, primarily male community (due to restrictive and discriminatory immigration laws) to a new generation of young families. 

Time has changed me and the way that I see the work. I've found images, overlooked in the past, that with the passage of time have taken on new meaning and import.  

This section is a work in progress. As I continue scanning negatives I will add more photos.  

The early 1980s was a unique time in the history of New York Chinatown. With the passage of time I hope that my documentation of Chinatown life can both communicate what it felt like to live in Chinatown at that time and inform our current societal discussion of immigration.