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Portfolio - USA. 1990s. New York's Chinatown
Chien-Chi Chang
Upon arriving in New York, smuggled immigrants from China's coastal Fujian Province are held in virtual indentured servitude for years in ill-paid jobs until they work off their debts to traffickers. They are not prepared for the harshness of the life they find in New York City. Most of them feel they're trapped on an island within an island and deeply regret enduring the hardship and separation from their families. No one knows how many have been smuggled into this country. New York's Fujian Association estimates there are 500,000 illegals from the province.

Chien-Chi Chang 1998

USA. NYC. 1998. An immigrant spends his day off overlooking the...
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USA. New York City. 1998. Restrooms serve many functions for...
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USA. New York City. 1998. Immigrants live in crowded tenement...
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USA. New York City. 1998. An immigrant treats an injury with...
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USA. New York City. 1998. An immigrant watches a Chinese soap...
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USA. New York City. 1998. An immigrant looks at a photo of his...
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USA. New York City. 1998. Chinese immigrants on a day off.
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USA. New York City. 1998. Immigrants sleeping on a fire escape...
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USA. New York City. 1998. Unable to find a place to stay, a newly...
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Portfolio - Chang, Chien-Chi

2006

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