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Chinatown Community for Equitable Development is asking Los Angeles Chinatown community members to write down why they don’t want Wal-Mart to come into their community.
CCED organizer and Chinatown resident Sophat Phea:
This photo project is important to me because as a resident of Chinatown I feel we needed the awareness and have a say. This project beautifully raises it and gives that voice to the community visually.
Before digital imaging, I used to shoot on film and printed this myself. Before Tumblr and Facebook, I had a printed portfolio that I would lug around to show gallerists. Before I took Cathy Opi’s first photography class she taught at UCLA, I wanted to become a photographer. Before Tattoos and piercings were the ‘norm’, and before ‘Model Mayhem’, there was my friend Carla.
Shot somewhere in Hollywood a long time ago.
America is not changing, it has changed. I forgot about this photo from 2003 at Obama’s sister’s wedding, that I saw in the New York Times some time ago, and I just came across it again today. With all of the political BS, it reminded me that regardless of what happens politically, this country has already changed for the better.