Photographer Bud Glick joins us to present his photos and discuss his work documenting New York Chinatown in the early 1980s. It was more than 40 years ago that he set out to photograph the New York Chinese community as part of the New York Chinatown History Project, now the Museum of Chinese in America. The work was meant to record a part of New York culture that was rapidly changing within a city that was itself rapidly changing.
He earned the trust of Chinatown residents and gained access to interior lives during a pivotal time when new waves of immigrants from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China began to converge into Chinatown, altering the demographic landscape of what was then home to earlier migrations. As a result of changes in the immigration laws in the mid 1960s, an older, primarily male community (due to racist immigration laws, such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882) was being replaced by a rapidly expanding new influx of immigration of young families.
Mr. Glick returned to the work in 2010, embarking on a process that led to reconnection with those he had photographed decades earlier, and an exhibition in 2018-2019 at the Museum of Chinese in America.
For more information, click here for an article in the New York Times about his work.
Mary Lui, Professor of American Studies and History at Yale University, will moderate as Bud takes us through a presentation of his work and shares the stories behind his photographs.
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