Projects and work
I have been posting my projects and stories on my Exposure, so go over there to read them in detail. I will summarize them here. A lot of the photographs you see on my portfolio came from these projects and adventures. So here's what you should be reading..
My current long term project, "In Search of Little Saigon in America." This project is one that is close to my heart. As a Vietnamese American, I live a dual role of being both American and Vietnamese. Because of that dual role, and there is a reason why I wrote American before Vietnamese, I, as with my brothers, focused on being Americans first, was not fully embracing my roots in Vietnam. So pursuing this project has been helping me get to know my roots and understand the change that many Vietnamese refugees had to face when coming to America. But also how the methods of cooking and sourcing ingredients for Vietnamese food has, potentially, changed.
Not a personal project, but a food culture story that I pursued and finished. I named the piece "Illegal Food." Not because the food itself is illegal, rather the one who makes it is according to our current immigration laws. Hispanics, who make up most of the group who America considers illegal immigrants, make up the major backbone force of our hospitality and agricultural industry. Without them, those industries would not only be less profitable but short staffed. And yet they do not have any work rights, constantly belittled, under constant threats from health, politics, economics, and social factors.
Being close to Philadelphia, I have been going around exploring the food in the city. As a way to put faces and stories behind the food that we eat here, I made an ongoing series on my Exposure called "Portraits of Food in Philadelphia." You can discover the individual shops that I have explored and photographed with that sub heading.
Along with my roaming "Portraits of Food in Philadelphia" posts is an indulgence guide to Philadelphia. I call it "Treat yo'self Philly." Probably not as hardcore and stringent as many food reviewers, but it lists the places that I have gone to and enjoyed. Much so that I think that the visitors of Philadelphia would too.