Finding Chinatown: An American Story

Since the beginning of the new millennium, I have been shooting in the Chinatowns of the United States and Canada, starting in the San Francisco Chinatown where I was out amid the dark shadows and early activity of the new day. The light seduced me while also awakening strong childhood memories of family visits to the LA Downtown Chinatown near my father’s photo labs.

There has been a continuing Chinese immigration to the United States for almost 3/4 of our nation’s history beginning in mid 19th Century California. A similar history occurs in Canada. In the Chinatowns there is vibrance and drama with many stories to be told about these portals into the American dream.

What intrigues me most is the still beauty that defines this narrative, hoping to show another side of the tale that yet incorporates the past, present and the future. One perhaps even more evocative of those passing through.

My photographs inspired by the gathering places of historic and new communities seek to honor that contribution.

findingchinatown.blogspot complements the photographic images.