Chien-Chi Chang@chien_chi_chang

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Chien-Chi Chang

11.11.2018, Warsaw. Around 200,000 Poles attend march for the 100th anniversary of independence.


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Chinatown then, Chinatown now, Chinatown continues. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad


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Magnum Photos and Aperture have joined forces for the second time to present ‘Crossings’. This fall’s Square Print Sale explores perspectives on transition and transformation in photography by over 120 leading photographic artists. “Humans need to hold hope in their hands. This man was willing to live in poverty in hope of prosperity, to sacrifice his immediate happiness to realize the dream of giving his children a better life. It has been exactly two decades since I took this photo in New York’s Chinatown as part of an ongoing project about immigrants. A few years later, this man was able to bring his family to New York, and today they are living the American dream. He is now a grandfather! But is economic prosperity worth the social cost? Perhaps the answers to such questions can be found in the lives of the people left behind in China and in those of the second and third generations who are growing up in the United States. Look at them and listen to their voices. You may not understand their language, but you can feel their longing.” #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad


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I have been working in New York’s Chinatown since 1992—for more than 26 years—and it is still a project in progress.
Immigration is often propelled by suffering. To witness the shifting patterns of populations is to see the world in all its exigencies—war, natural disasters, repression, famine, poverty and persecution.
But there is a rainbow at the bottom of that Pandora’s box of troubles; hope, too, propels immigrants to settle in strange lands. I should know: I am one myself. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad


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I have followed and photographed twenty families in Chinatown, and those relationships are now culminating in a tri-generational drama. The people in these pictures were all willing to sacrifice their immediate comfort to realize the dream of giving their children a "better" life. Some of that first wave of immigrants have now returned to China to enjoy the rest of their lives in prosperity, with family members they have not seen for decades. Others are trying to live the American dream.
The common thread, the universal quality in this work, is the essential human need to hold hope in your hands.
I will be forever grateful to the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for the support, both financial and spiritual, that has allowed me to hope. To hope that I could do what had never been done before—to make these invisible families, with their sufferings and triumphs, at last, visible. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad


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I have followed and photographed twenty families in Chinatown, and those relationships are now culminating in a tri-generational drama. The people in these pictures were all willing to sacrifice their immediate comfort to realize the dream of giving their children a "better" life. Some of that first wave of immigrants have now returned to China to enjoy the rest of their lives in prosperity, with family members they have not seen for decades. Others are trying to live the American dream.
The common thread, the universal quality in this work, is the essential human need to hold hope in your hands.
I will be forever grateful to the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for the support, both financial and spiritual, that has allowed me to hope. To hope that I could do what had never been done before—to make these invisible families, with their sufferings and triumphs, at last, visible. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad


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I have been working in New York’s Chinatown since 1992—for more than 26 years—and it is still a project in progress.
Immigration is often propelled by suffering. To witness the shifting patterns of populations is to see the world in all its exigencies—war, natural disasters, repression, famine, poverty and persecution.
But there is a rainbow at the bottom of that Pandora’s box of troubles; hope, too, propels immigrants to settle in strange lands. I should know: I am one myself. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad


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New York’s Chinatown, 1998. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad


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I had always been fascinated with Myanmar (Burma) ever since I read George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant. I have made over ten trips to Myanmar in the past decade. Back then, the military junta was insular and xenophobic, and I had to assume that every move I made and every word I said was being watched or listened to by Big Brother’s ubiquitous informers.
It was unlike any land I had been to or knew about before. Every trip was challenging—sometimes menacing but always exciting, too. When I first photographed the Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, as she was released from house arrest, I switched taxis three times for a 10-minute ride, stopping by a movie theatre and a shopping mall to shake off potential tails so as to reach The Lady's party headquarters in one piece.
It had become a matter of time before she would come to power. I could smell an urgent hunger for, and sense of, freedom in the air. For the first time, it seemed that democracy and human rights would prevail in Myanmar. I had high hopes for the country and its people... #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad


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Rohingya at IDP camp, Sittwe, Myanmar. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad


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In late August 2017, violence erupted in Rakhine State in Myanmar (Burma), targeting the Rohingya people, a stateless Muslim minority who have lived in Myanmar for generations. More than half a million people fled to Bangladesh, triggering one of the fastest growing humanitarian crises in the world. An estimated 700,000 Rohingya have been driven into Bangladesh (as of April 2018). Over half of them are children. The Bangladesh government has called for Myanmar to take back the refugees. There is no telling when or if that will happen soon. #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad


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...and now you have a chain, too.... #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad


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