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January 14, 2011 > Chinatown Photography Exhibition

Chinatown Photography Exhibition

Submitted By Sallie Pine

From January 31st through March 12th, in celebration of Chinese New Year, Fremont Main library will host a unique exhibition of the Chinatowns of San Francisco and Los Angeles in photographs of both cities which were taken in 1978 and again of the same locations 30 years later.

Artist Ting-Ting Lee holds a MFA in Graphic Design from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. While Ms. Lee studied at CalArts, she visited the San Francisco and Los Angeles Chinatowns and was amazed by how little she knew about the life of the Chinese people living in California's Chinatowns. This experience led Ms. Lee to her Chinatown documentary photography project from January 21 to April 21, 1978. Later that year, Ms. Lee's photographs were exhibited at the Taipei American Culture Center in Taiwan and the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles.

During the spring of 2008, accompanied by her husband, Ms. Lee revisited the San Francisco and Los Angeles Chinatowns and began a new photography project to celebrate the 30th anniversary of her 1978 Chinatown project. In July 2010, Ms. Lee had both her 1978 and 2008 Chinatown photos exhibited together at the Newport Beach Central Library.

Ms. Lee's photographs can also be viewed at

Chinatown Photography Exhibit
Monday, Jan 31 - Saturday, Mar 12
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 745-1401

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