Seeing the Light

Seeing the Light

Four Decades in Chinatown

Book - 2016
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"This book collects decades of Dean Wong's photography and essays chronicling life in Chinatowns, especially in Seattle but also in Vancouver, BC, and San Francisco"--Provided by publisher.
"Photojournalist Dean Wong has been chronicling life in America's Chinatowns for four decades. His sensitive eye and man-of-the-people interviews bring these ghettos disguised as tourist traps to life. Through Wong, we meet the drag queen deciding to stop his medications and die of AIDS with dignity; the elderly Chinese American facing eviction as the neighborhood gentrifies; the artist told by the city that his shop is a fire hazard, and the man who challenged Bruce Lee to a fight. and lost. Wong focuses his attention on the Chinatowns of Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, and New York. He reveals how 'Chinatown' is sometimes a misnomer because these neighborhoods often include large pockets of Vietnamese, Japanese, and other Asian American families. He also chronicles the celebratory side of life in these communities, from the events around Lunar New Year to a much-anticipated visit by the Dalai Lama. Building on the groundwork of Bonnie Tsui's American Chinatown (2009), Seeing the Light exposes an oft overlooked American community and reminds the reader that these neighborhoods are filled with much more than good places to get dim sum. Dean Wong is an award-winning photojournalist who has been chronicling Asian American life for nearly forty years. The city of Seattle and King County, Washington, declared March 8, 1995, Dean Wong Day to honor his efforts documenting the Asian and Pacific American community"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Chin Music Press, c2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781634059039
Branch Call Number: 979.777 W8462S 2016
Characteristics: 145 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 x 29 cm


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Apr 06, 2019

A vibrant portrayal of life in the San Francisco and Seattle Chinatowns.
My main gripe though, is that for a photo book with essays, some of the stories in the book did not come with photos and some of the photos went unexplained.


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