Vanishing Chinatown: The World of the May’s Photo Studio

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Director: Emiko Omori

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Vanishing Chinatown: The World of The May’s Photo Studio brings families together:
in the past by creating images of families in spliced together photographs, and in the
present by reconnecting our storyteller, May’s granddaughter, with her family’s legacy.
These stunning images document San Francisco Chinatown in the early to mid-1900s, a
vanishing “old Chinatown” vibrant with culture, chronicling the lives of an immigrant
community becoming Americanized, photographed by a member of that community
presenting immigrants as they wanted to be remembered.


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