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.